Juvenile Minor Offense Court
All traffic infractions such as speeding, running a red light, and equipment violations are heard in the Adult Traffic Courts.
Juvenile minor offense cases, such as those described below, are heard at:
2851 Meadow Lark Drive
San Diego, CA 92123
Cases that may be heard in Juvenile Minor Offense Court
Any person who was under the age of 18 at the time he or she committed the alleged offense may come under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court. Welfare and Institutions Code Section 256 specifies the offenses that may be heard in the Juvenile Minor Offense Court, which include:
- Non-felony Vehicle Code violations
- Non-felony Fish and Game Code violations
- Violations of state and local law relating to evasion of fares on a public transportation system
- Daytime loitering
- Curfew violations
- Being drunk in public
- Business and Professions Code violations related to possession or consumption of alcohol by a minor
- Possession of less than one ounce of marijuana
- Petty theft if charged as an infraction
- Disturbing the peace if charged as an infraction
Mandatory Appearance Policy
There is no bail in juvenile case. Instead, the Juvenile Court requires a personal appearance by the minor. Normally at least one parent is required to attend the hearing. The Juvenile Court tries to reinforce the parent-child relationship. Parental presence ensures that parents are aware of the incident, understand the reasons for the disposition made in the case, and can cooperate in the imposition of appropriate sanctions.
Appearing in Court
The minor and parent or legal guardian must appear on the date assigned by the court. If you chose to appear prior to your assigned appearance date, you may appear on a Wednesday at 1:00 pm. Court sessions are only held on Wednesday afternoons. Minors must check in at the reception desk located in the lobby of Juvenile Court.
If the minor admits the violation, or if the court finds that the minor did commit the violation, Welfare and Institutions Code Section 258 sets forth the dispositions available to the judicial officer. The court retains jurisdiction of the case until the minor has complied with all orders, such as:
- Fines and Penalty Assessments
- Traffic School and Special Programs
Failure to Comply
Failure to appear in court as ordered on the citation or by the judicial officer, or failure to pay a court-ordered fine, will result in a Failure to Appear or a Failure to Pay hold being placed on the minor's driver's license at the Department of Motor Vehicles. This will suspend the driving privilege until the minor appears in court or pays the fine.
Please contact Juvenile Minor Offense at (858) 634-1616 for information.
Requests for Extensions of Time
For a first-time request to extend a hearing date, you must:
- Appear at the Juvenile Court Business Office Room 244. You must present a valid photo identification. The parent or legal guardian may request an extension on behalf of the minor but must present a certified copy of the minor's birth certificate and/or proof of guardianship in addition to the parent's or guardian's valid photo ID. The business office counter hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am - 4:00pm OR
- Write to the court and ask for an extension. The request must include all of the following:
- The minor's full name
- The minor's date of birth
- The case number, if you know it
- The reason for the extension
- The length of the extension desired
The above information can be mailed to Juvenile Minor Offense, 2851 Meadow Lark Drive, San Diego, CA 92123. If the minor is submitting the request, he/she must enclose a copy of his/her valid photo ID. If the parent or guardian is making the request, the parent's or guardian's ID and the copy of the minor's birth certificate must be enclosed.
For any subsequent request to extend a hearing date, court-ordered completion date, or fine payment date, you must:
- Appear at Juvenile Court on a Wednesday between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. to submit your request to the judge. The parent or legal guardian may request an extension on behalf of the minor but must present a certified copy of the minor's birth certificate and/or proof of guardianship in addition to the parent's or guardian's valid photo ID. You must check-in at the reception desk located in the lobby of Juvenile Court.