Reduced Civil Assessment Fees in Effect for Criminal and Traffic Cases at the San Diego Superior Court

As provided by Assembly Bill 199, civil assessment fees imposed before July 1, 2022, are waived and future civil assessment fees are capped at $100

Jul 28,2022
Public Notice

With Assembly Bill (AB) 199 enacted into law and effective July 1, 2022, the San Diego Superior Court has reduced civil assessment fees added to criminal and traffic cases and removed outstanding civil assessments imposed prior to July 1, 2022.

Civil assessments are authorized by California Penal Code Section 1214.1 and can be applied to defendants who fail to appear in court or who fail to pay their fines. As of July 1, 2022, civil assessments may be imposed in amounts up to $100 for criminal and traffic cases.

A list of case numbers with vacated civil assessments was posted to the Court’s website earlier this month.

Individuals with outstanding traffic cases have several options for paying their fine, which no longer includes a civil assessment fee (before July 1, 2022) or may include a reduced civil assessment fee (July 1, 2022, and later):

  • Pay online at – pay the full amount due or set up a payment plan.
  • Pay by mail – send in a credit card authorization form or a check/money order (do not send cash).
  • Pay in person – use the Express Drop Boxes at the appropriate court location to drop off a credit card authorization form or a check/money order (do not drop off cash).

More information on how to resolve traffic cases is available online at or by visiting the Traffic business office at the appropriate courthouse location.