Superior Court of California, County of El Dorado

Our Mission

To preserve and enhance the rule of law in El Dorado County by providing all persons a fair, efficient, and accessible forum for resolving disputes, protecting public safety, and righting wrongs.


The Traffic Division handles adult and minor traffic violations, minor offenses, Fish & Game violations, local city and county ordinances, boating, and dog/animal citations.  Parking citations are not handled by the Court - contact the citing agency.  Driving under the influence (DUI) violations are handled through the Criminal Division.

Traffic Division Court Schedules

General Information

Court Appearances

Your citation is a notice to appear before the court to be arraigned on the charges on the citation. You may appear for arraignment without the deposit of bail. You then respond to the charges against you pleading either guilty, not guilty or no contest.

Courtesy notice

The court’s traffic division does not mail courtesy notices.

When you receive a traffic citation, the officer will write your date to appear underneath your signature.  The date to appear is also the due date and the last date to resolve the charges on your citation.

You are not required to appear unless your citation involves a mandatory appearance or you want to contest the citation.  If you do not have a mandatory appearance or you do not want to appear, you may pay the bail amount to the court and do nothing further.  The bail will then be accepted as a guilty plea and the case will be closed.

Bail information can be found on the Traffic Citation Index. Further information about handling citations can also be found on the Traffic Citation Index Page.


Infractions – only one 30-day continuance if the following apply:

  • Your name and case appear on the Traffic Citation Index
  • All charges on the case are active (means you have not appeared and pled)
  • No active hearings are scheduled for the case
  • Your current date to appear has not passed

To request a one-time only continuance of 30 days, click here:

Payment options/online payments

Send check or money order to 295 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA 95667. Please include your case number on your check or money order. Make checks payable to Superior Court of El Dorado County.  Or you can pay on line by Credit card or Electronic Funds transfer.

Pay Online.
To pay by Visa®, MasterCard® and Discover®, click here.

To have funds transfered from a checking or savings account, click here.

Payment plans

  • Must be requested in writing;
  • Additional $60.00 admin fee is added to total fine;
  • Minimum of $50.00 per month;
  • First payment is 10% of full amount due (including the fine and admin fee. Example: $235.00 (fine) + $60.00 (admin fee)= $295.00. You must pay $29.50, 10%, to start a payment plan.;
  • Court will NOT mail monthly statement; and
  • Receipts sent only if you provide a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Trial by Declaration request by mail

  • Trial by Declarations can only be requested if charged with an Infraction under the Vehicle Code (VC). This is authorized under Vehicle Code section 40902(a) and California Rule of Court 4.210.
  • Must post bail pursuant to Vehicle Code section 40902(b) (amount listed on Traffic Citation Index);
  • Provide a letter pleading not guilty and requesting trial by declaration;
  • Court mails defendant and arresting officer a declaration form for both parties to respond (with a due date usually 30 days from mailing);
  • A decision will be issued and mailed; 
  • If found guilty, bail is forfeited;
  • If found not guilty, bail/fine will be returned to defendant within 4-6 weeks.
  • Click here for the Trial by Declaration (Local Form T-21) request form.

Court trial request

  • You have the option to appear at the court trial without the deposit of bail.  The court may require the deposit of bail pursuant to California Rule of Court, Rule 4.105(c).
  • May request a court trial in person by coming to court on or before the date of the  hearing on the Traffic Citation, or
  • May request a court trial by written request by completing the Court Trial request form (Local Form T-19) and mailing it to the court to arrive prior to the date of the hearing on the Traffic Citation.
  • Click here for the Court Trial request form (Local Form T-19).
  • Upon receipt, the Court will mail defendant and arresting officer notice of trial date (usually 6 weeks out).
  • Parties appear for trial.
  • If found guilty, the Court will order fines at the time of the court trial.

Appear in court

Traffic school

You may choose to attend Traffic School for certain vehicle violations. To be eligible for Traffic School you must meet the following criteria:

  • You have not attended traffic school for a citation issued within the last 18 months from the violation date.
  • Your citation is for a moving vehicle code violation and does not exceed 25 mph over the speed limit.
  • You were not cited in a commercial vehicle
  • If your case involves a failure to appear, the failure to appear charge must be addressed or paid in full before you can attend traffic school.
  • Your citation must be a moving violation and does not have a misdemeanor charge that requires a mandatory appearance in court.
  • Your citation does not involve alcohol or drugs.
  • Your citation is not for Vehicle Code sections 22406.5 or 21655.5.
  • Your citation does not have a point count of more than one point under Vehicle Code section 12810 or more than one and one-half points under Vehicle Code Section 12810 or.5 (b)(2).

If you choose to attend traffic school, please send the following:

  1. A written request to attend traffic school;
  2. A self-addressed, stamped legal-size envelope (with postage amount as indicated on the Traffic Citation Index);
  3. A check or money order for the amount of the fine indicated on the    notice made payable to “Superior Court”;
  4. A separate check for the administrative fee of $69.00 made payable to "Superior Court”.
  5. (NOTE - Traffic School fee is not refundable)

Proof of Correction

You must provide proof of correction for any correctable violation(s) to have your bail reduced and to clear the case. Bail can be reduced to $25.00 per violation being corrected. Should you choose not to provide proof of correction of violations other than 4000(a) VC registration violations, you may pay the full “bail without correction” to clear the case.

Proof of correction may be obtained in the following ways: A) Smog control device violations must be inspected & certified by an authorized Motor Vehicle Pollution Control Device Installation & Inspection Station. B) An authorized Inspection & Installation Station may certify light and brake violations. C) For other defects, proof of correction may be obtained at any law enforcement office during normal business hours.

Insurance violations

If you were cited for Insurance Violations – VC 16028(a) or 16028(c), and have no previous insurance violations on your driving record, one of the following may apply to you:

  1. Providing proof of liability insurance on your vehicle or yourself showing you were insured at the time of the citation, reduces your bail for this violation to $25.00 per violation being corrected;
  2. Providing proof of liability insurance on your vehicle or yourself purchased not more than 30 days after the date of the citation, bail is $489.00;


If your case has been sent to Collections for failing to pay or failing  to appear, contact:
Revenue Recovery
3883 Ponderosa Rd
Shingle Springs, CA  95682
Telephone (530) 621-5780

Traffic Division Court Schedules

Department 7

Judge Nelson Keith Brooks
2850 Fairlane Court, Suite 120
Placerville, CA 95667

8:00 A.M.

10:00 A.M.
      DUI/Drug Court
2nd/3rd/4th Thursdays
1:00 P.M.

Traffic Infraction Arraignments


OVERFLOW MATTERS, Probation Transfers, 1203.4, Proof of Compliance, Reinstatement on Probation or to a program

Felony Preliminary Hearings

(Dept 7 calendar effective 02/09/2015)

Department 12

Commissioner Douglas R. Hoffman
1354 Johnson Blvd.
South Lake Tahoe, CA  96150

8:30 A.M.
DCSS (SLT-15) (3rd Monday) Ex parte

Unlawful Detainers
Ex parte

Dependency Adoptions
Ex parte

TROs (pro per & attorneys)
Ex parte

Jury OSC's (Quarterly)(Mar/Jun/Sept/Dec)
9:00 A.M.
  Fam Law & Motion w/attys (1st,3rd)

Fam Law & Motion w/Pro Pers (2nd, 4th, 5th)
    Traffic infractions (1st, 3rd)
10:00 A.M.
Family Law Settlement Conferences conducted by Pro Tems (2ND Monday)     Contested 300/FL Contested 300/FL
Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00 P.M.
    Juv 300 Drug Court
Meet and Confer
1:15 P.M.
Reserved for Criminal In-Custody Hrgs if no Judge is available
1:30 P.M.
  300 Detentions 300 Detentions

Drug Court
(2nd, 4th)

Contested Juv300
(1st, 3rd, 5th)

300 W&I Case Plan(4th)
300 Detentions

Contested 300/FL
300 Detentions

Contested 300/FL

MSCs (4th)
2:00 P.M.
Small Claims (3rd Monday)        
(Dept 12 calendar effective 07/01/2015)

Related Links

Locations for Filing

Placerville Fair Lane Branch
2850 Fairlane Court
Placerville, CA 95667
Phone: (530) 621-7470

South Lake Tahoe Branch
1354 Johnson Blvd
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Phone: (530) 573-3044

Cameron Park Courthouse