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Welcome to the website for the Superior Court of California, County of Mono. Using the topical navigation to the left, you can find information about a variety of specific court-related subjects. Just click on the button for the subject you are interested in or on any underlined links throughout the website.
NEW TRAFFIC AMNESTY LAW TO GO INTO EFFECT OCTOBER 1, 2015
Beginning on October 1, 2015 persons who have unpaid traffic fines that were due to be paid on or before January 1, 2013 or had a court appearance date on or before January 1, 2013 are eligible to have their fines reduced by 50% or 80% depending on income and have their driver’s license reinstated. Persons who are currently making payments for unpaid traffic tickets may also be eligible to have their drivers licenses reinstated under the new law beginning October 1, 2015. Please do not contact the court to find out whether you are eligible. The rules, policy and procedure necessary to implement the new law are currently being developed. The court will not have the information needed to give a definitive answer to anyone’s question about his or her eligibility until after October 1, 2015. Consequently, the court will not respond to any inquiries about eligibility under the new law until after October 1, 2015.
For further information on the new law click the following link to the State of California Judicial Council Website : www.courts.ca.gov/trafficamnesty which provides a written explanation of the law or click the YouTube link for a video produced by the Judicial Council that also explains the law: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fF04lBgMPSs
For the Amnesty Participation Form click here.
ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs) REGARDING CITATIONS (TICKETS)
When you are “cited” by a law enforcement officer and charged with violating the law (“violations”), you will receive a written “citation” (commonly known as a ticket) that will list your violations. Your citation number is what you will need to use online or to contact the court. The citation number will be normally 5 numbers with 2 letters before or after the numbers. Your ticket number will usually be located in the upper right hand corner of your citation - For more information about your citation such as how to find out the amount you owe, ask for more time to appear or pay on you citation, how to pay your citation online and how to request traffic school and more click here
INFORMATION FOR PERSONS SEEKING COURT CASE FILESTo request a search, review and/or a copy of court case files please, click here for further information
No Court Clerk Assistance by Phone for the General Public
Beginning on January 16, 2015, Court Clerks will no longer be able to provide assistance by telephone to the general public. The public is encouraged to go to the court website, monocourt.org, to get assistance. The public may also come to the Court customer counter when it is open, or submit requests for assistance by mail, fax, or e-mail. Any requests submitted by mail should be addressed to: Mono County Superior Court, P.O. Box 1037, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546. Fax requests may be directed to: 760-924-5419. E-mails may be sent to: email@example.com.
Court Customer Counter to be Closed Half-Days
Currently, the Mammoth Lakes Courthouse Customer Counter and Court Clerk’s Office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Beginning on January 16, 2015, those hours will be reduced.
Court staff will still be working in the Clerks’ Office and will be available to provide assistance for those needing emergency orders and warrants.
Pay Your Tickets & More Online
Important advisement to all foreign residents who received traffic citations in Mono CountyNormally, the court will mail courtesy “bail notice” as a reminder to persons who received traffic citations in Mono County. However, due to the difficulty and cost of mailing to foreign addresses the court will no longer send these courtesy reminder notices to persons who reside outside the United States. Foreign residents with traffic citations can go to the court website to pay online if they don't want to contest the citation. To do so you will need to enter you citation number (letters and numbers) and full name as written on the citation, click here to go to the court online "ePay-it" service. Foreign residents who have questions are encouraged review the court website information. If you still have questions and or need assistance, contact the court in English by emailing to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Resolve a Dispute without Filing a Lawsuit - It's called Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Most civil disputes are resolved without filing a lawsuit, and most civil lawsuits are resolved without a trial. The courts and others offer a variety of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes to help people resolve disputes without a trial. ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial. Learn more about the types of ADR processes that are available and the benefits of using ADR by clicking on the following link to a state Judicial Council website, http://www.courts.ca.gov/programs-adr.htm . For local court information regarding ADR, for example what court-approved mediators are available click the following link.
INFORMATION FOR ATTORNEYS, LEGAL PROFESSIONALS AND PERSONS REPRESENTING THEMSELVES
If you are an attorney, legal professional or self-represented and want information such as how to fax filing legal documents and more, click here
COURT REPORTERS - Starting November 1, 2014 Mono County Superior Court will no longer provide court reporters for law and motion calendars.
Due to significant budget cutbacks, the Superior Court of Mono County is compelled to cut court spending. As part of the Court's cost-cutting measures, starting November 1, 2014 court reporters will no longer be provided by the Court for the weekly Thursday law and motion calendar at the Mammoth Lakes Courthouse and for the monthly Wednesday law and motion calendar held at the Bridgeport Courthouse.
2014 - 2015 Final Report Mono County Grand Jury
The Superior Court of California for Mono County has released the 2014-2015 Grand Jury Final Report. A major subject of this year’s Final Report was whether the Town of Mammoth Lakes Finance Department is collecting taxes with effective supervision and oversight (see Case #04, page 11). Please click on this link to view and download the report.
In addition to the 2014-2015 Grand Jury Final Report, grand jury final reports for the last 10 years are also available in PDF format here.
The court has two branches: the North County Branch located in the Mono County seat of Bridgeport and the South County Branch located in the Town of Mammoth Lakes.
The court has two judges, the Honorable Stan Eller, Presiding Judge, and the Honorable Mark Magit. The court also has two Commissioners, a Child Support Commissioner, David Knowles and a Pro Tem Commissioner, Mr. Gregg Martino. All non-judicial court operations and services are under the direction of the Court's Executive Officer, Hector Gonzalez, Jr. Mr. Gonzalez also serves as the Clerk of Court and Jury Commissioner.
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