TRAFFIC / INFRACTIONS
Customer Service is provided at: 500 Argonaut Lane,Jackson,CA.95642
The Courthouse is open Monday through Friday (excluding holidays).

The Courtrooms are open for access from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The Clerk’s Office is open to the public:
Monday-Thursday 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Friday 9:30 AM to 12:00 NOON

Adobe pdf file NEW HOURS OF OPERATION

Credit Card Payments are now being accepted in-person or by phone.
Effective November 1, 2014.
If you are making a payment at the counter or by phone,
a convenience fee of $5.40 will be charged to your card.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Call: 209-257-2605
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Available 24 hours a day.
Online Payment System
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OVERVIEW

TRAFFIC DIVISION OVERVIEW
Traffic Division cases are commenced after a law enforcement officer issues a citation, also called a ticket. Citations can be issued for infraction violations of traffic laws and other non-traffic offenses including Boating and Fish and Game. The Traffic Division handles infraction violations of all laws. Infractions are not punishable by jail or prison and not subject to trial by jury; rather, the punishment is a fine. Common examples of traffic infractions are speeding, failure to provide proof of insurance, and failure to provide a current vehicle registration. Driving Under the Influence (DUI) cases are criminal matters and are handled in the court's Criminal Division.
When the Court receives the citation from the issuing agency you will be able to view the citation information as well as fees/fines owed by using the Online Case Search.
PARKING TICKETS
Most parking citations are handled by the local city that issued the ticket. However, several parking situations are processed through the Superior Court. These include:  Disabled parking provision violations, or parking near sidewalk access ramps or curbs constructed to provide wheelchair accessibility.

TRIALS

TYPES OF TRIALS
TRAFFIC COURT TRIAL
TRAFFIC TRIAL BY WRITTEN DECLARATION
TRAFFIC TRIAL DE NOVO
If you are entering a plea of not guilty and proceeding to trial, there are two types of trials in infraction cases. One type is a 'Traffic Court Trial' and the second type is a 'Traffic Trial by Declaration.'
TRAFFIC COURT TRIAL
A court trial is an examination of facts and law and is presided over by a judge or commissioner. You must be prepared to produce all evidence, documents, or witnesses to support your case. The court trial can be requested at your arraignment or you can request a court trial without appearing for arraignment by completing the correct section on page one of your Courtesy Notice and returning it to the court.
The following requirements must be met to qualify for a court trial without appearing for arraignment:
Full fine/bail must be paid (cannot be paid by credit card);
Violation(s) must be infractions only;
No prior failure to appear on the case;
A written Not Guilty plea must be entered.   Access the "Request For Trial" form
TRAFFIC TRIAL BY WRITTEN DECLARATION
Vehicle Code section 40902 allows a defendant to contest citations in writing, without having to make a personal court appearance. This procedure is called a “trial by declaration.” Trials by written declaration are available in cases involving infraction violations of the Vehicle Code or of local ordinances adopted under the Vehicle Code. You can request a trial by declaration by completing the correct section on page one of your Courtesy Notice and returning it to the court before the appearance date on your citation/ticket.
The following requirements must be met to qualify for a Trial by Declaration:
Full fine/bail must be paid (cannot be paid by credit card);
Violation(s) must be infractions only;
No prior failure to appear on the case;
Enter a “not guilty” plea in writing.   Access the "Request For Trial" form
Neither you nor the officer will appear in court. The court will consider the case based upon the forms completed by you and the officer, and the court will mail you the Decision and Notice of Decision. If you do not agree with the court's decision, please see the section below on Trial de Novo (request for new trial).
TRAFFIC TRIAL DE NOVO (REQUEST FOR NEW TRIAL)
If you were found guilty after a trial by written declaration you can file a request for new trial. Vehicle Code 40902(d) provides for a trial de novo for a defendant who is dissatisfied with a decision of the court.
You must request the Trial de Novo within 20 days of the date the clerk mailed the Notice of Decision by filing the form " Request for New Trial (Trial De Novo) Judicial Council form TR-220" which is available on the Forms Tab in the Traffic Divisions page.

TRAFFIC SCHOOL

TRAFFIC SCHOOL ELIGIBILITY
You may choose to attend Traffic Violator School for certain vehicle violations.
Commercial drivers cited while exercising Class C or Class M driving privileges.
+ ELIGIBILITY
You may be eligible to attend Traffic School if you meet the following requirements:
You had a valid driver's license at the time you were cited.
You have NOT attended Traffic School on a prior citation within 18 months + 1 day
of your present citation.
You were not cited for speeding in excess of 100 miles per hour. Traffic school for speeding
in excess of 25 miles per hour over the posted speed limit must be ordered by the Judge.
Your citation is for a moving violation and does not require a mandatory appearance.
You do not have a Failure to Appear hold on license or Civil Assessment.
The Failure to Appear charge must be adjudicated or paid in full before you can
attend Traffic School.
Violation does not involve alcohol, drug use or possession.
WARNING:
If you are not eligible to attend, but do so anyway, the conviction will be reported on your driving record and there will be no refund of any fees paid.
+ PAYMENT AND FEES
If you meet the requirements and wish to attend Traffic School you will be required to pay an additional court fee of $52.00, in addition to the amount of bail/fine indicated on your courtesy notice. Checks may be made payable to Amador Superior Court. There will be a separate fee collected by the Traffic School you choose to attend. Upon receiving Proof of Completion of Traffic School in a timely manner, the conviction will be held confidential and not show up on your driving record. Please note - if you are requesting a Traffic Court Trial or a Traffic Trial by Declaration do not send the $52.00 until you are convicted.
A Court Clerk must help you complete the Agreement To Pay Traffic Violator School Fees In Installments(TR-310 Judicial Council form) which must be received before your Arraignment with at least 10% of the total fine/bail (this amount will be reflected on the Agreement form). If you choose this option, a $30.00 Administrative Fee and the $52.00 traffic school fee will be added to the total due. You must appear at the public counter to complete this process
Payment must be made by Check, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order
payable to Amador Superior Court. (DO NOT SEND CASH)
Prior to submitting payment by check, be sure to check the following:
Your name must be pre-printed on your check.
Date is correct. (We do not accept postdated checks.)
Dollar amount and written amount are correct and match.
Case number is written on the check to ensure payment is credited to proper account.
You signed your check
+ REQUESTING TRAFFIC SCHOOL
You may appear at the traffic window at Amador Superior Court, or you may mail the total bail/fine amount on your courtesy notice plus the $52.00 court administrative fee to: Amador Superior Court, 500 Argonaut Lane, Jackson, CA 95642
If you want to attend a DMV licensed Internet, Home Study or Classroom Traffic School you can find a list at the DMV website. This requires a Multi-Step process as described here. When you are ready to continue, click the Occupational License Status Information link.

Step #1, select your 'Mode of Eduction'.   Depending on your selection, you will be presented with either a list of schools or as in the case of 'Classroom Course', a Step #2, allowing you to search for schools closer to you location. Examine the list provided for your preferred class location.

+ FAILURE TO COMPLETE TRAFFIC SCHOOL
If you fail to attend court ordered Traffic School, return the Certification of Completion within 60 days of order or payment, or decide not to attend, the fee will be converted to bail and bail will be forfeited. No further proceedings will be held and the violation will show on your driving record. Your automobile insurance may be adversely affected.

PROOF OF CORRECTION

PROOF OF CORRECTION
If one or more of the violations are correctable offenses, your bail/fine may be reduced by providing proof of correction. The Proof of Correction fee is $25.00 per correction. You must provide proof of correction for any correctable violations to have your bail/fine reduced, pursuant to 40610 of the California Vehicle Code. Should you choose not to provide proof of correction you may pay the "Total Amount Due" indicated on your courtesy notice. Proof of correction cannot be provided over the phone or on the internet. The Proof of Correction, along with the reduced bail amount, must be received by the court before your Arraignment date.
Proof of correction for various violations may be obtained in the following ways:
Any violation (equipment, driver's license, registration or insurance) considered correctable
may be signed off by a law enforcement officer.
Driver’s license and registration violations may be certified at any DMV office or by the Court Clerk.
Insurance violations can be signed off by a DMV office, or the Court Clerk.
Proof of Liability Insurance on the vehicle effective prior to the issue date and time of your citation reduces the bail on that charge to $25.00. For a reduction in bail/fine, your vehicle must have been insured at the time you received the citation. The Proof of Insurance (NOT the declaration attached to your policy), along with the reduced bail/fine, must be received by the Court before your Arraignment date.
Proof of Insurance can be:
A Letter from your Insurance Company.
Your insurance card showing proof of insurance.
A copy of your policy showing the vehicle and date of coverage.
Please Note:
Self-certification of corrections is not acceptable.
Sale of the vehicle does not relieve you of the responsibility for correcting the violations you were cited for.

PAYMENTS

PAYMENTS
Please Note:
If you are charged with a misdemeanor violation, you must appear in court on the date and time
indicated on your citation or notice to appear.
Payment of your fine in full on or before your due date closes your case.
You do not need to appear in court.
Payment and any required proof of correction must be received on or before
the scheduled arraignment date.
A $50.00 fee will be assessed by the court on all checks returned for non-sufficient funds.
Payment must be made by Check, Cashier’s Check, Money Order or Credit Card.
Made payable to Amador Superior Court (DO NOT SEND CASH).
Prior to submitting payment by check, be sure to check the following:
Your name must be pre-printed on your check.
Check must be made out to "AMADOR SUPERIOR COURT".
Date is correct. (We do not accept postdated checks).
Dollar amount and written amount are correct and match.
Case number is written on the check to ensure payment is credited to proper account.
You signed your check.
Warning:
Failure to pay your court ordered fine may result in the total amount due, plus an added penalty for failure to pay, and your case may be forwarded to an outside collection agency. In addition, the Department of Motor Vehicles may be notified of your failure to pay and may request a suspension of your driving privilege.
+ Payment By Credit Card
You may pay the full bail (fine) prior to your court date in the following ways:
by using the Amador Court's Online Payment System,
by calling the Amador County Credit Card System at 1-800-862-5073
by calling the Clerk's Office 209-257-2605 or
by accessing the online Official Payments website.
You will need your citation number which is listed on the upper right corner of your ticket or on the courtesy notice mailed to you by the court. A convenience fee will be added to your credit card for either of these transactions. If you choose to attend traffic school, be sure and add the $52.00 traffic violator school fee to your total bail due. Proof of correction cannot be provided over the phone or on the internet. See Proof of Correction.
+ Payment By Mail
If you are not required to appear in court, you may mail the full bail, plus any applicable proof of correction to: Amador Superior Court, 500 Argonaut Lane, Jackson, CA 95642
+ Payment In Person
You may pay your bail and provide proof of correction by appearing at Amador Superior Court on or before the scheduled court date.
+ Payment In Installments
A Court Clerk must help you complete the Agreement to Pay and Forfeit Bail in Installments (TR-300 Judicial Council form) which must be received before your Arraignment with at least 10% of the total fine/bail (this amount will be reflected on the Agreement form). If you choose this option, a $30.00 Administrative Fee will be added to the total due.
THE COURT DOES NOT SEND OUT MONTHLY STATEMENTS ON YOUR ACCOUNT.
It is your responsibility to pay fines by your monthly due date. You must appear at the public counter or call the clerk's office to complete this process.

FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The following questions and answers are provided for general reference and information only.
+ How Do I Continue my Arraignment Date?
The clerk may grant a one-time extension of the arraignment date (found on the bottom of your citation).
The person who received the infraction citation must make the request.
Requests to change an infraction arraignment date must be made pursuant to Amador Rule of Court Section 15.02 by the person who received the citation, by calling 209-257-2605 during office hours, and must be made at least 2 weeks before your arraignment date.
Call the clerk's office to obtain another court date, and then submit your request in writing to:
Amador Superior Court, 500 Argonaut Lane, Jackson, CA 95642.
+ How Do I Modify My Sentence, Fine Due Date, etc...?
To modify your fine due date, or request work program in lieu of fine,
you can file a Adobe pdf file Request for Modification.
For other matters you can:
File a motion or appropriate moving document.
Adobe pdf file Order on EX PARTE Application to be presented for Judicial determination
on your request to be placed on calendar.
+ When is my Court Date?
It can take at least 14 business days for the court to receive the citation from the law enforcement agency. Once the court has received and processed the citation a courtesy notice will be mailed to the address shown on the ticket. The notice will contain court date information. If the address on your ticket is incorrect, or you don't receive a notice, you are still responsible for appearing at the court by the date listed at the bottom of your citation (your date to appear). If your citation does not have a date to appear listed, contact the court at 209-257-2605.
Can I set a court date for a relative?
No, if the relative is over the age of 18 years.
Yes, if you are the guardian of a relative under the age of 18 years.
Can I appear in court for a relative?
You can appear for a relative for the limited purpose of informing the court why that relative is not available to appear on the court date set. The court has discretion whether or not to accept the excuse and set a new date.
+ Where is my Courtesy Notice?
Effective July 1, 2014, the court's Traffic Division will no longer mail courtesy notices.
When you receive a traffic citation, the officer should write your date to appear (the due date)
underneath your signature. This is the last date your citation must be resolved by.
If your citation was issued within the past 30 days, you may also check for specific citation
information by looking up your traffic citation online.
Important information on this subject can be found by clicking Adobe pdf file the Courtesy Notices FAQ.
+ California Courts Self-Help Center for Traffic
A general information listing and links to the Vehicle Codes can be found on the
California Courts Self-Help Center for Traffic.
+ Withdrawing a Previously Entered "NOT GUILTY" Plea?
You may withdraw a previously entered plea of not guilty by filling out the Waiver Of Constitutional Rights and Plea-Traffic Infractions form and mailing them to the court, prior to your scheduled trial date. The Judge will review your request and the clerk will notify you of the court’s decision.
Print the Waiver of Constitutional Rights and Plea form.
Carefully read the information, date and sign (in two places), and include your current address.
Mail the form to: Amador Superior Court, 500 Argonaut Lane, Jackson, CA 95642

FORMS

Form Description Updated Format
Request For Continuance of
Traffic Court Trial and Order
TRF-026: Use for requesting a continuance in a traffic court trial previously set. Any request for a continuance must be in writing and received by the Court at least 10 (ten) days prior to the court date. 07/09 Adobe pdf file
Application to Place Matter
on Calendar
CRIM-070: Ex Parte Application is used to place matter on calendar when counsel/party requests a hearing date and is unable to comply with procedures. 06/08  Adobe pdf file
Order on Application to
Place Matter on Calendar
CRIM-071:Proposed Order which must be submitted to the court in conjunction with the ex parte application to place matter on calendar. 05/13 Adobe pdf file
Request for Modification CRIM-025: Use for requesting to change a portion of your sentence (examples:) Converting Jail Time to Work Program, Fine Due Date.
The Defendant’s Statement of Assets(CR-115) form
MUST be attached to this request.
01/11 Adobe pdf file
Defendant's Financial Statement CRIM-230: The Defendant’s Financial Statement Form must be attached to any Request for Modification of fines. 03/12 Adobe pdf file
Petition for Restricted License CRIM-032: Use this form to request a recommendation for restricted license and Court's decision.
02/07 Adobe pdf file
Request for
Traffic School & Order
TRF-027: Use this form to request permission to attend traffic school. 09/01/11 Adobe pdf file
Request for new trial
(TRIAL DE NOVO)
TR-220: If you are dissatisfied with the court's decision.
Use this form to request a new trial.
01/01/99 Adobe pdf file
Request For Trial TRF-066: Use to request Trial by Court or Trial by Declaration. 04/14 Adobe pdf file
Waiver of Constitutional
Rights & Plea
TRF-001: Use to withdraw previously entered plea of not guilty and vacate trial date. 04/10 Adobe pdf file