SUPERIOR COURT OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY IMPLEMENTS CIVIL ASSESSMENT REDUCTION IN ACCORDANCE WITH RECENTLY SIGNED LEGISLATION
Litigants with Questions are Encouraged to Utilize the Court’s Online Service Options, Contact the Court’s Traffic Call Center or Visit the Clerk’s Office
Effective July 1, 2022, the Superior Court of Los Angeles County implemented a reduction in civil assessments added to criminal and traffic cases on or after July 1 from up to $300 to up to $100 and is working to vacate outstanding civil assessments imposed prior to July 1, 2022, in compliance with Assembly Bill (AB) 199 – Courts, signed by Governor Newsom as part of the Fiscal Year 2022/23 State Budget package.
The Civil Assessment, authorized by California Penal Code Section 1214.1, is imposed against a defendant who fails to appear in court in lieu of a warrant, after notice and without good cause, for any proceeding or who fails to pay all or any portion of the fine ordered by the Court.
With the signing of AB 199, first published by the Legislature on June 26 and effective immediately on July 1, the Court instantly took action to comply with the legislation by training Clerk’s Office staff on the change and updating procedures, associated forms and notices, the Court’s website and its case management system. The Court is also working to programmatically cancel outstanding civil assessment debt for existing cases. In instances where the Court collected a payment toward the civil assessment balance on or after July 1, 2022, on cases where a civil assessment was imposed prior to July 1, 2022, the Court will initiate refunds to those litigants by the end of July. In accordance with statute, payments made toward the civil assessment balance received prior to July 1, 2022, will not be refunded.
Litigants with questions about their traffic fines are encouraged to take advantage of the following services and options available:
OPTION 1: Online Services
OPTION 2: Traffic Call Center
OPTION 3: In-Person Clerk’s Office Service by Appointment
Additional information for traffic litigants is available on the Court’s traffic webpage, www.LACourt.org/Traffic.
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