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Traffic - Going to Trial
If you intend to plead not guilty on a current citation and wish to avoid multiple court appearances, you may request a court trial through the mail or in person (see your Courtesy Notice to determine which court). Staff at the counter may be able to set a trial date without a court appearance at any time during normal business hours. Your request must be received prior to the appearance or due date indicated on the citation.
All witnesses and documentation to support your case must be available on the day of trial. The officer who cited you will be notified by the Court to be present on the trial date.
Trial by Declaration
You may request a trial by written declaration. This option applies ONLY to vehicle code violations and is not offered in cases that require a mandatory court appearance. Your request for a Trial by Declaration must be received (see your Courtesy Notice to determine which court) prior to the appearance or due date indicated on the citation. You will be required to post the full bail amount due pursuant to 40519(a),(b),(c) of the California Vehicle Code. Once these have been received, the declaration forms and instructions will be mailed to you.
Trial by Written Declaration forms can be found on the California State Judicial Council website.
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