The Fontana District Courthouse is located on Arrow Boulevard, in Fontana, California. The Court hears cases including Small Claims, Evictions, Civil Matters, and Traffic.
Fontana District Courthouse
17780 Arrow Boulevard
Fontana, CA 92335
Driving Directions to the Fontana Courthouse
From I-10, take the Sierra Avenue Exit. Go north on Sierra Avenue to Arrow Highway. Turn east on Arrow Highway, proceed to Alder Avenue. The courthouse is located at the northeast corner of Arrow Highway and Alder Avenue.
Traffic Tickets in Fontana District Court
If you receive a traffic citation in San Bernardino County, you can pay your ticket without having to appear before a judge in traffic court. You can pay your ticket or fine via the internet or telephone, though you may have to pay some additional fees for this convenience. Here are some of the ways to pay a traffic ticket in Fontana:
- CheckFreePay Payments – Hundreds of locations throughout San Bernardino County will process your traffic ticket payment for you and transmit the payment to the court. These locations can be found supermarkets, convenience stores, drug stores and other places around the county. Click here to find a location near you.
- Online Banking – Use your personal checking or savings account to transfer the money directly to the court and pay your fine. Ask your financial institution for more information.
- Internet – To use the online payments link, you will need your traffic citation number and a VISA or MasterCard.
- Check or Money Order – To pay your citation by check or money order, mail your payment and the coupon provided with your citation to:
Superior Court of California, County of Bernardino
Attn: Financial Services
San Bernardino, CA 92415-5005
Pleading Not Guilty to a Traffic Citation in Fontana, CA
If you are written a traffic ticket inside of San Bernardino County, you will be required to satisfy that traffic ticket either by paying the fine or pleading “not guilty” and requesting a trial to dispute the validity of the traffic ticket. If you chose to ask for a trial, you have two options:
- You can ask for a court trial
- You can ask for a trial by written declaration
Court Trial For Traffic Citations
A court trial is a hearing which requires you to appear, in person, to testify about the case. The officer who issued the citation will be required to attend the hearing and testify, as well. There may be other witnesses called to testify against you, and you will have the opportunity to call witnesses, as well. If you choose to hire an attorney, they may attend the court trial with you. You do not have to pay the fine in order to request a court trial.
Trial By Written Declaration
You may also request a trial by written declaration. This method allows you to plead not guilty and present your case to a judicial officer without having to appear in a courtroom. Your written testimony and the testimony of the officers involved will be presented to a judge in written forms.
To request a trial by written declaration, you must first deposit the full amount of the fine required, in the form of bail. You must send the full amount of the bail, along with the form requesting the trial by written declaration, form TR-205, to the court named on the bottom of your citation at least five days before you are due to appear in court. If you are requesting a trial by written declaration, you must make your payment directly to the court, and not pay it online.
Once a judge has read over your statements and the statements of the officers involved, along with any evidence or additional testimony that either of you submit a decision will be issued in the case. The decision will be sent to you in the mail. You won't be able to question the officer involved, or question any part of his statement. That is a part of what you agree to when you request this type of hearing.
If you disagree with the results of the Trial by Written Declarations, you may request a new trial within twenty days of the decision being mailed to you.
Visiting the Fontana District Court
Visitors seeking entrance to the Fontana District Courthouse must pass through security screening, including metal detectors. No guns of any kind, including toy guns, are allowed inside the courthouse. Also, knives and multi-tools are prohibited, along with box cutters, screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, hammers, ice picks, etc. Chemicals such as tear gas, mace, pepper spray, cigarette lighters, mace, and animal repellent are all prohibited. No needles are allowed unless accompanied by a prescription. No alcohol or controlled substances, including marijuana.
Jury Duty at the Fontana District Courthouse
Jury service in San Bernardino County is mandatory and jurors' names are obtained from voter registration roles and DMV records. If you've been selected for jury duty, you can check your status by calling (909) 884-1858.
When reporting for jury duty, business attire is suggested. No tank tops, shorts, strapless dresses, beach shoes, or bare feet are allowed in the courtroom. You must pass through the metal detectors located at the north and south entrances. Remember that no weapons, of any kind, are allowed in the courtroom, and cameras are prohibited, as well.
Bail Bonds for the Fontana Courthouse
If you, or a loved one, finds themselves arrested and being held in the Fontana Jail (West Valley Detention Center) you'll likely want to get home to friends and family, as quickly as possible. Bail is one way that the court provides for defendants to move freely while waiting for hearings and pre-trail court proceedings.
Bail is an amount of money that the court holds while waiting for court proceedings to move through the bureaucracy. Criminal cases can take months, and even years, from start to finish, and the county doesn't want to house those defendants while waiting for trial. That's why bail was invented. The court charges a certain amount of money, called bail, that is calculated depending on the crime that was alleged to have been committed. The defendant gives the money to the court, along with a promise that they will continue to appear for hearings and court proceedings, if they are allowed to go free. The amount of bail can range from several hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars.
Posting Bail in Fontana, California
To post bail a person must have either cash (in the form of a cashier's check) or real property with a value at least double the amount of the bail being required, to pay to the court as bail money. At the end of the legal process, when the person is either found innocent or sentenced for the charges, the bail money will be refunded to the person who paid it. The defendant can pay bail for themselves, or someone else can pay it for them. However, a part of the bail process is a promise from the defendant to the court that they will appear each time they are required to until their charges are resolved. If they ever fail to appear in court, the bail money or property is forfeited, or turned over to the court to keep.
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