Southern California Criminal Courts
7500 East Imperial Highway
Downey, CA 90242
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There are seven accessible parking spaces at the east side of the main courthouse entrance, all clearly marked and reserved.
The main courthouse has accessible ramps on the east and west sides of the main entrance.
Accessible restrooms and public telephones are available for persons with disabilities. Departments 1 through 7 are equipped with wheelchair ramps for each witness box.
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Court Calendar Schedule
Click here to view the Downey Courthouse Civil, Small Claims & Traffic Schedule.
Civil & Small Claims
You may speak with a clerk by calling (562) 803-7044 for Civil information or (562) 803-7054 for Small Claims information. Phone hours are 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Low Cost Legal Aid - for Civil and Unlawful Detainer actions:
(562) 864-9935 (if you live in Downey or Norwalk)
(213) 266-6550 (if you live in La Mirada)
(213) 613-2760 (low cost landlord-tenant service)
For Small Claims cases, you may obtain assistance by calling:
(213) 974-9759 (Advisor)
(213) 260-2892 (Consumer Affairs Advisor)
- Custody Information
Information on custodies is available in the Clerk's Office and by telephone during the hours of 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The telephone number is (562) 803-7050.
- Court Appearance Information
Pre-scheduled court dates are listed on the calendar posted in the lobby near the elevator and outside of each courtroom. Please report directly to your assigned courtroom at your scheduled time. This is a tentative calendar; advanced cases and continued cases may not be included. If your name is not on the calendar, please report to the Criminal information window located in the Clerk's Office.
Non-calendared court appearances:
To appear in court on a non-calendared case or outstanding warrant, you must report to the Criminal Department between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Please bring applicable information pertaining to your case such as case number, copy of citation, notice to appear, bail receipt, driver's license number and/or proof of compliance with court order.
- Attorney Referral Services/Bar Associations
Los Angeles County Bar Referral Service: (213) 243-1525
County Bar Information: (213) 243-1500
Southeast Bar Association: (562) 868-6787
Lawyer Referral Service: (562) 432-5913
Attorney Referral Service: (562) 869-7590
Lawyers Referral Service of Community Legal Systems: (562) 929-9995
- Fine Payments
You may pay your fine by mail or in person in the Clerk's Office during office hours. When paying by mail, send a check or money order made payable to Clerk Of The Court, along with your case number. Please do not send cash in the mail.
When paying in person, you may pay by cash, check, money order or Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card.
Telephone information is available by calling (213) 763-1645.
- Court Appearance Hours
Monday Night Court is held on the 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month.
2nd & 4th Mondays, 9:30 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. (cases in warrant status will not be heard at the 4:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. court sessions).
1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays, 8:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Tuesdays - Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Fridays, 8:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
You must check in at the Clerk's Office, Window 4.
- Court Trial
Court trials will be scheduled as follows:
- Citations issued by the Sheriff's Department are scheduled Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m.
- Citations issued by Downey Police Department are scheduled Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m.
- Citations issued by California Highway Patrol are scheduled Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m.
- You may call (213) 763-1645 and use your Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card to request a trial date.
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