Juvenile Traffic Court
The Juvenile Traffic Court is open to the public from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Friday, excluding holidays. The office is closed between 12:00 PM and 1:00
Juvenile Court Walk-in Appearance
If you have received a Notice to Appear and are unable to make your scheduled appointment, you may come within 15 days before or after your scheduled court date during our walk-in hours.
"Walk-in" arraignments are heard in the Juvenile Traffic Court on Tuesdays and Wednesdays according to the schedule below. There are a limited number of cases that can be heard on any given day, and cases will be heard in the order in which they are checked in.
The Juvenile Traffic Court is open to walk-ins for check in:
Tuesday 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. ONLY
Wednesday 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ONLY
Taking Care of your Traffic Ticket
Please WAIT until you receive a Notice To Appear from the Juvenile Traffic Court. This could take as long as a month after you have received the citation. If a date is indicated on your citation, please disregard the date. If you have not received a letter within a month of receiving a citation, please call the Juvenile Traffic Court at 650-312-8887 to see if your ticket has been received.
When you receive your Notice to Appear from the Juvenile Traffic Court, it will inform you of:
- The Case Number
- Hearing date and time
- Location of the Hearing
- The violation you were cited for and
- Which Police Department issued the citation and on which date.
Do not attend traffic school prior to attending traffic court.
Failure to appear may result in an additional fine and a “Hold” against the juvenile’s driver’s license with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Your options when you appear in court are:
- You may appear in court to plead guilty with or without an explanation.
- You may appear in court, plead not guilty, and request a court trial with the officer present. This choice means the court will subpoena the officer and you will have to return another day for the trial.
- You may plead not guilty and request a court trial date without initially appearing in court by filling out the necessary form, posting the full bail amount, and waiving time for trial. This can be done in person at the Traffic Clerk's Office, or by mail.
If you are considering appearing in court to contest a photo enforced red light violation, it is strongly recommended that you first view the video of the violation either by making an appointment with the specific police department or via the vendor's website provided to you on your citation.
Proof of Correction Violations: Specific instructions for correctable violations are on the back of your citation. Have the violation(s) corrected, and the citation signed off by a police officer. Vehicle registration and driver license violations may also be signed off by DMV. VC 16028 (insurance) violations can only be dismissed upon providing proof to the Traffic Clerk's Office of insurance coverage that was in effect on the date that you were cited. Proof must show the driver's name, vehicle information and the insurance effective and expiration dates. If you had valid insurance on the date of the citation, the insurance violation will be dismissed. You will be charged a $25.00 fee per correctable violation.
Obtaining Photo/Video of red light traffic light violations
If a person receives a Notice to Appear (traffic citation) in the mail for a violation related to a photo red light camera, the notice will be issued by the actual Police Department, but is typically mailed by the photo red light vendor that the city contracts with. Often times, the notice is mailed from an out-of-state location.
A service is available to those who receive a photo red light enforcement citation that allows the person to view the video of the particular incident on-line from any computer. The photographs that are included with the notice to appear (citation) do not include the videotape of the incident. In order to view the specific violation video, the person needs to follow the steps outlined in the information received with the citation. Typically, a predetermined security code will need to be entered before the video can be viewed.
Individuals can still contact the police department directly with questions or if they are having difficulty accessing their video.
The court encourages people who receive these tickets to view their video prior to making the decision to appear in court to request a trial. It is always important to see the evidence that would be presented prior to setting a case for trial. Should an individual have any questions on how the red light cameras are maintained and operated, those questions and concerns should be directed to the specific Police Department.
Persons who receive a red light camera citation should also receive a Notice to Appear from the Juvenile Traffic Court indicating a court date and instructions.