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Municipal Courts Obsolete

Municipal Courts in the State of California are a relic of the past. In 1998 California voters passed a constitutional amendment providing for unification of the superior and municipal courts in each of the state's 58 counties. Under the influence of the amendment and the efforts of the California Law Revision Commission's Trial Court Unification activities, the restructuring was completed in early 2001. Each county now has one countywide trial court system.

Since there are no city courts, local ordinance infractions and misdemeanors are prosecuted in the trial courts under their own case classifications. Civil cases that would have been heard in municipal court are identified as limited civil cases.

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In some cases, you can plead guilty to a traffic offense and pay your fine online or by phone. For more information visit one of the following websites:
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