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Superior Court of California - County of San Diego: Traffic: Appearing In Court
Court Appearance Information

To appear in court on your ticket, you must check in prior to the court session you want to attend, on or before the appearance date indicated on your ticket. Bail is not required to appear in court.

Check-in hours are:

East County Division


  • Monday through Friday – one morning session, check-in between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday through Thursday – one afternoon session at 2:00 p.m., check-in between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
    • There is NO afternoon session on Fridays.

Make an appointment for the Traffic Court business office by calling (619) 456-4100 or clicking here.

No reservations are available for Criminal matters at this time.


Effective June 15, 2015, all MISDEMEANOR COURTROOM APPEARANCES are by appointment only and must be scheduled in advance. You may schedule a courtroom appearance in the Traffic Business Office Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (noon). Unscheduled courtroom appearances are NOT allowed.

Central Division (Kearny Mesa)


Effective March 1, 2015, ALL COURTROOM APPEARANCES are by appointment only
and must be scheduled in advance. To schedule a courtroom appearance click here or call (858) 634-1800, Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Unscheduled courtroom appearances are NOT allowed. When appearing for a scheduled courtroom appearance in Dept. B, you must arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled time and check-in with the clerk at Window A before entering the courtroom.

Cases with a warrant or that have been referred to the collection agency require a visit to the courthouse during business office hours to schedule a courtroom appearance. Unscheduled courtroom appearances are NOT allowed.

North County Division

  • Court Check-in times:
    • Monday through Thursday: 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    • Friday: 8:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., excluding holidays

Make Reservations for an appointment with the business office or court appointments at day and evening sessions by calling (760) 201-8500 or clicking here.  Night court appearances are available by appointment and on a walk-in basis 1st Thursday night of each month at 5 p.m.

South County Division


  • Monday through Thursday – 7:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Friday – 7:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
    • NO afternoon session on Fridays

Make Reservations for a court appearance by clicking here. No Night Court appointments are available at this time.

Night Court for infractions only:

  • Last Thursday of the month
    • Check-in before 5:15 p.m.


  • 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.


  • Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri. check-in before 12:00 p.m.


*=All times above are subject to change.
**=These are court check in times when at the counter.  Please account for time that will be spent in line waiting to be checked in for court by a clerk.


Request an Extension of Appearance Date

An extension is a postponement of the original appearance date on a citation.

The court may grant a one-time 30-day extension to the appearance date on eligible citations. No further extensions at the end of the 30-day period will be given.

The following options are available to request a one-time 30-day extension on or before your appearance date:

  • Online: (click Request Extension to begin now).
  • Automated Telephone System to Request Extension: (619-906-5888)
  • Mail: Send request to the San Diego Superior Court at the address on your courtesy notice or citation.
  • Fax: Fax request to the appropriate office location.
  • Express Drop Box: Most locations also provide an Express Drop Box to allow you to submit your request.
  • In Person: Appear at the appropriate office location during normal business hours.
  • Phone: Call the appropriate office location during normal business hours.

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