The Nevada Superior Court handles citations issued by law enforcement
agencies in Nevada County. This includes Grass Valley PD, Truckee
PD, Nevada City PD, California Highway Patrol and others.
Your citation is a notice to appear before the court to be arraigned
on the charges on the citation. You then respond to the charges
against you pleading either guilty, not guilty or no contest. Certain
factors can affect the date that you are required to appear as noted
Mandatory Appearance in the Nevada City Division: You must appear on the date noted at
8:30am if you are an adult or 3:00pm if you are under 18.
Appearance in the Truckee Branch: You must call the court to schedule a
court date at 530/582-7835. Please inform the clerk if you will require
Nevada City: If you cannot appear on the date listed on your citation,
you can request a Continuance (extension). This form is available at
our offices. The form must be received by us on or before your court
Truckee: If you wish a court date you must call the court at 530/582-7835 to schedule and request a continuance if required.
Pleading Guilty or No Contest (Bail Forfeiture): The fine
amount or "bail" on the Courtesy Notice is the amount
of money required to guarantee your appearance in Court. If your
violation does not require a mandatory court appearance, then you
may just pay the bail on the citation without appearing before the
judge, this is called Bail Forfeiture. The citation is deemed paid,
and a resulting conviction for the violation you were cited for
will be reported on your driving record. Please note your docket
number on your check or money order. If you can not send the entire
bail amount and want to make payments, then you must appear in court
on the date scheduled.
(In Truckee you must call for the court date.)
Pleading Not Guilty: If you wish to contest charges against
you by pleading not guilty, you must first fill out the necessary
paperwork so that a trial date can be set. These forms available
by coming into our offices.
(In Truckee you may send your not guilty plea by mail and we will send you the forms.)
We must receive your forms on or before
the date of your hearing. Upon receipt of the signed forms in our
office, a Court Trial will be set and you will be notified of that
date by mail. (See also Trial by Declaration). Once the trial date
has been set, the officer will be subpoenaed to appear in court.
At the trial, the Court will listen to the statement of the sworn
witnesses against you, and you may in turn question each witness.
You then present your case and the Court will rule on the matter.
If you have photos, diagrams, reports, or any other exhibits that
you plan to present, bring them with you on your trial date. If
you wish to have witnesses necessary for your defense, you need
to ask them to appear or have them subpoenaed to appear if you think
they will not do so willingly. You can obtain the subpoena form
at our offices and we will assist you in filling out and serving
Request for Postponement of a Traffic Court Trial:
Requests for postponement of a traffic court trial should be filed at least 15
days prior to the Court Trial hearing date. The request, and any
objection, will be submitted to a judicial officer for review, and
will be granted only for good cause. You will be notified by mail
whether your request is granted or denied. You may also contact
the court for status of the request. If you submit your request
less than 15 days before trial, it may be denied.
To request a postponement, complete the court form Request for Postponement of Traffic Court Trial
. A copy must be served on the
If you are the opposing party and you object to the request for
postponement, you may file an objection using the form
Objection to Postponement of Traffic Court Trial within 5 days from the date
of service of the Request for Postponement.
- Objecting to a Request for Postponement of a Traffic Court Trial:
If you do NOT object to this continuance, but there are dates
certain you will not be available for trial in the next two
months, please notify the court by phone or in writing of those
dates as soon as possible.
If you are seeking a continuance of your traffic trial less than
15 days before the trial date, you must follow the noticed motion
procedures set forth in Penal Code § 1050(b), et seq.
- Requests for Continuance of a Traffic Court Trial less than 15
days before the Court Trial:
Trial by Declaration:
If you are from out of town or if
it would be difficult for you to make an appearance, you can request
a trial by declaration (trial by mail) by calling our offices and
requesting the forms and further instructions based on your citation.
Proof of Correction
If there are any mechanical, insurance or registration violations
included in the citation, proof of correction will be required before
you can pay the citation. To get the proof of correction, first
fix the problem for which you were cited and then take your citation
to the law enforcement agency that cited you and in turn, they will
then "sign off" the ticket. The signed-off ticket must
be included along with any fine or fee due when you mail in your
payment or bring it into our offices.
you cannot afford to pay your fine all at once, the court will allow
you to make payments. The Court charges an installment fee of $50 to
$100 (based on the number of separate payments scheduled). You
may appear on the date noted on your courtesy notice at 8:30am if you
are an adult or 3:00pm (Truckee 3:30pm) if you are under 18. If you are
under 18 you must bring a parent or legal guardian with you to court.
Please make sure you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your court
time as late arrivals will not be seen and you will have to make
another court date.
Credit Card Payments
We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover for Traffic, Criminal and
If you want to pay on-line or use an American Express card, please
go to our
On-line Payments page. Please note that if you choose to
use the on-line payments option, you will be charged a fee.
Failure to Appear / Failure to Pay
If you fail to appear or fail to remit the required bail, a warrant
may be issued for your arrest and/or your account will be referred
to GC Services (Collection Agency). You may call GC Services toll
free at 800-333-8395 or contact a local representative to discuss