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Red-light traffic tickets issued in the City of Walnut will soon be filed at the El Monte courthouse instead of the Pomona North courthouse. The change is part of a series of court closures, cuts and reduced services planned by the L.A. Superior Court in an effort to cuts its budget by $85 million.
Red-light traffic tickets issued in the City of Walnut will soon be filed at the El Monte courthouse instead of the Pomona North courthouse. The change is part of a series of court closures, cuts and reduced services planned by the L.A. Superior Court in an effort to cuts its budget by $85 million. Susan Valot/KPCC

Starting next month, traffic tickets and some criminal cases in Los Angeles County will be transferred to other courts as part of consolidations and budget cutting in the Superior Court system.

Eight courthouses will close completely: Huntington Park, Kenyon Juvenile, Malibu, Pomona North, San Pedro Courthouse and its annex, West L.A. and Whittier.

Court work at the Beverley Hills and Catalina Island courthouses will significantly reduced.

If you have a criminal, traffic or citation case in any of the courthouses mentioned above, see how where your cases will be transferred below. Court case dates will remain the same but the location where the cases are heard will change.

Whittier Courthouse
  • Felony, misdemeanor, traffic and other citations initiated by Whittier Police will be transferred or filed at Bellflower courthouse effective June 3.
  • Other cases and cities filed by any other agency will be transferred or filed at Downey courthouse, effective June 3.
Alhambra Courthouse
  • Traffic and citation cases will be transferred or filed at the Pasadena courthouse, effective May 13.
Beverly Hills Courthouse
  • Felony and misdemeanor cases initiated by the L.A. Sheriff’s West Hollywood Division will be transferred and filed at the Van Nuys West courthouse effective June 3.
  • All other felony and misdemeanor cases will be transferred or filed at the Airport courthouse effective June 3.
Central Arraignment Courthouse
  • Misdemeanor cases will be transferred or filed at the East Los Angeles courthouse, effective June 3.
  • Traffic and citation cases will be transferred or filed at the Metropolitan courthouse, effective June 3.
Pomona North Courthouse
  • Red light traffic tickets issued in the City of Walnut will be filed at the El Monte courthouse, effective June 3.
  • Traffic tickets and other citations issued by California Highway Patrol will be filed at El Monte courthouse, effective June 3.
  • Felony and misdemeanor cases that are pending will all be transferred to Pomona South courthouse by May 17.
  • No new traffic, felony, misdemeanor or citation cases will be heard or filed at Pomona North, effective June 3. All courtrooms will be closed.
East Los Angeles Courthouse
  • Traffic and citation cases will be transferred or filed at Metropolitan courthouses, effective May 13.
  • Felony and misdemeanor cases will be transferred or filed at the Metropolitan courthouse, effective June 3.
Huntington Park Courthouse
  • Traffic and citation cases will be transferred or filed at the Compton courthouse, effective June 3.
Malibu Courthouse
  • Felony, misdemeanor cases will be transferred or filed to the Van Nuys courthouse, effective June 3.
  • Traffic and citation cases will be transferred or filed at the Santa Monica courthouse, effective June 3.
San Pedro Courthouse
  • Traffic and citation cases will be transferred or filed at the Long Beach courthouse, effective June 3.
West Los Angeles Courthouse
  • Traffic and citation cases will be transferred or filed at the Beverly Hills courthouse, effective June 3.

L.A. Superior Court has begun curtailing court services in small but significant steps. Last month, the Alternate Dispute Resolution department stopped accepting referrals. Those cases involve arbitration, mediation and other matters in which litigants in civil, family or probate disputes opt to settle outside of a courtroom.

The ADR department began closing offices at courthouses this month and will continue with closures next month—aiming to wrap up all ADR cases by May 10.

Also in March, L.A. Superior Court announced that unlawful detainer cases—landlord-tenant cases that usually dealing with evictions—would be heard in only five courthouses in L.A. County. The court expects to eliminate 511 positions by the end of July.

Court spokesperson Mary Hearn said in an email last month that she wasn’t sure how many employees would be laid off.

“Layoffs will be done according to seniority," Hearn wrote. "There is no direct correlation between the locations shutting down and the staff employed in those locations being laid off.” 

Officials estimate the L.A. Superior Court's budget shortfall in the next fiscal year will total $85 million. The shutdown of some courthouses and the reductions in court services could save $56 million.

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