Proposed New Local Rule Submitted for Public Comment
(submitted to the Judicial Council of California with a
proposed alternative effective date of February 17, 2017)
The Superior Court of California for Mono County has proposed new Mono County Superior Court local rule with an effective date of February 17, 2017. This new rule is being proposed in the interest of safety for the public, parties to court proceedings and for court staff. The proposed rule would allow for court proceedings at the Bridgeport Courthouse to be held by phone conference and or video conferencing in the event of hazardous weather. This means that some parties and attorneys may be physically present at the Bridgeport Courthouse or Jail while other attorneys, bench officer and court staff may be present in Mammoth Lakes Courthouse but participating in Bridgeport court proceedings by phone/videoconferencing. This would avoid the risk to the public, parties, bench officer and for court staff of traveling to the Bridgeport Courthouse during hazardous weather. Persons wishing to see the proposed rule can click the link below called “proposed new rule”. Comments on the proposed rules can be sent by either email or by regular mail on or before February 10, 2017. Email your comments to Hector Gonzalez, Court Executive Officer at email@example.com . If you prefer to send your comments by regular mail, Mail your comments to Hector Gonzalez- Court Executive Officer, Mono County Superior Court, PO Box 1037, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546)
Public Notice Pursuant To Government Code Section 68511.7
A copy of the fiscal year 2016 - 2017 proposed budget is posted for review. Click here for the proposed budget.
Judicial Council Allocations To Trial Courts For Fiscal Year 2016-2017
At its July 28, 2015 meeting, the Judicial Council made 2015–2016 Trial Court Trust Fund (TCTF) and General Fund allocations to trial courts. Attachment A provides a summary of each court’s recommended base and one-time allocations for 2016–2017, and Attachments C through J provide details. To assist courts in budgeting the allocations for the Schedule 1, Attachment B displays the recommended allocations by their associated General Ledger account.
The Trial Court Budget Advisory Committee’s report to the council provides helpful discussion and detail behind the allocations. The following is the link to the report on the California Courts website: Judicial Council report on Trial Court Allocations. (Note: the report does not reflect all council actions as $6.9 million of the FY 2016–2017 TCTF Funds Held on Behalf of the Trial Courts allocation was made on June 24, 2016).
In addition, please note the following:
- An additional $10.7 million in Proposition 47 workload funding will be distributed in January 2017 based solely on each court’s share of statewide petitions for resentencing and reclassification from April 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016.
- The final reduction for fund balances above the 1% cap will likely occur in December 2016 based on courts’ final 2015–2016 year-end fund balance information.
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 Files
To 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the Morning the Customer Counter will be open only from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- On Tuesday and Thursday in the Afternoon the Customer Counter will be open only from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m
Traffic Amnesty Law went 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. 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
Pay Your Tickets & More Online
Use the court provided "EPay-it" online service to pay your traffic ticket and/or pay any payments on a criminal case. Please click the following link, ePay-it.com to go to the website where you can make your payment
Important advisement to all foreign residents who received traffic citations in Mono County
Normally, 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: email@example.com.
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.
Mono County is located on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain
range, running from its southern border with Inyo County to the State
of Nevada in the north. From its eastern border with the State of Nevada,
the county extends 38 miles westward and upward into the Sierras at elevations
of 5,500 to 13,000 feet.
The mission of the Superior Court of California, County of Mono, is to
preserve the rights and liberties guaranteed by the California and United
States Constitutions through the consistent and impartial interpretation
and application of the Law, and the even-handed resolution of disputes
arising under the Law.
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
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.