January 22, 2021
Contest a Citation


An arraignment is a hearing where an individual is advised by the Court of his rights and the charges he or she faces. The individual will be asked to enter a plea of guilty, not guilty or no contest. Please note that the citing officer will not be present in Court.

An arraignment can be scheduled in person at the clerk's office at the Northern Branch, 1050 Mission Road, South San Francisco, CA 94080.

Court Trial

A trial is where an individual testifies about the case. The citing officer will be subpoenaed to appear. The individual has the right to bring witnesses or have a lawyer present. The Court will not provide an attorney.

When requesting a trial in person or by mail, the bail (fine) must be paid in full.

Trial by Written Declaration

A trial by written declaration is a procedure where, instead of appearing in Court, an individual protests his/her case by mail. The individual mails in a written statement on a Trial by Written Declaration form explaining and outlining the facts and events of the case. The individual may include any documentary evidence that could help his/her case. A written report by the citing officer will be subpoenaed. The Commissioner will review all documentation and the ruling will be issued by mail.

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