If there is one court that seems to be always buzzing around it is traffic court. The attorney window is a thing of beauty here. I do take issue with the ever changing policies here. It is sad to say that sometimes it is WORSE for the officer to issue a citation to you as an infraction rather than a misdemeanor. This happens most with San Diego minor in possession of alcohol cases. Any conviction of BP 25662(a) comes with DMV suspension implications. The proseuction in ourt usually allow people to work out a settlement that allows them (at worse) to plead to the ticket as another charge, thus not having the DMV consequence. In traffic court, there is nobody to work with. You would think it may be the judge that may give something like this…it is not (in most cases). There are no prosecutors in Kearney.
It will be interesting to see how it turns out.
If you plan to go the Kearny Mesa for a traffic court appearance, you’ll soon need to make an appointment first.
Hoping to make the process more efficient, San Diego Superior Court’s Kearny Mesa Traffic Court will require all those who must appear in the courtroom to schedule it in advance, effective March 1.
A reduction in staff and a high volume of cases forced the change, officials say.
“This will make a traffic court appearance operate more smoothly for the public,” said Mike Roddy, executive officer of the Superior Court, in a statement.
Last fiscal year, that traffic court processed more than 170,000 cases.
You can make an appointment three ways: on the court’s website, calling the court at (858) 634-1800 or in person at the public counters.
The Kearny Mesa facility is also rolling out new express payment windows outside so visitors don’t have to wait in line for security.
Walk-in services without an appointment will still be available at the court’s North County, East County and South County branches.
The change to appointments first is similar to policies in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino superior courts.
The full article can be found here.