The Most Common Concern (FAQ) regarding Court Locations:

Q.  How is jurisdiction divided up in California, because they are all California Superior Courts, right?

A:  Jurisdiction, meaning the power of the court over a case, in California is divided by county. This means that if you were caught for speeding in Seal Beach, which is in Orange County, but the cop finally caught up to you and pulled over in a neighboring city, like Long Beach which is in L.A. County, then you must attend court in O.C. This is because the alleged offense occurred in O.C., not in L.A. It does not matter where the cop pulled you over. It does not matter where you live or where the officer is employed or normally works. It never matters where you were stopped and signed the ticket. It only matters that the court hears the case in the same county where the alleged offense occurred.

Q:  Can a police officer give me a ticket outside of her city?

A:  Yes. Generally, a sworn California peace officer may exercise her duties throughout California. Officers are not limited to a certain city. However, there may be agreements between municipalities and policies that affect police activity. Nevertheless, this usually does not mean that a police officer on vacation in Compton in Los Angeles County cannot arrest you for stealing in Westminster in Orange County.

Q.  Can a police officer cite me to attend court far from my home, even in a different county?

A:  Yes. The jurisdiction of a court over an alleged traffic violation or crime is dependent upon the county where the act occurred. This means that if you live in Orange County but you stole a candy bar in Los Angeles County, you would have to go to court in L.A., and could not have the case moved to O.C.

Side note: In comparison to the above issue of court jurisdiction, the DMV is statewide, and any DMV can handle your DUI matter, although they usually prefer to handle the matters based on location. The DMV is under the Executive Branch of government, meaning under the Governor of California. It is an Administrative function. This is very different from the courts, which fall under the Judicial Branch. (Side-side note: The third branch is the Legislative, a.k.a., Congress and all the Laws.)

We hope this answers the very common questions we get about cities and counties and court locations and where cops work.

To simplify, cops work in California, but a court only covers its own county.

Superior Court of California Criminal Courts


Traffic Courts

Locations & Addresses


Los Angeles County Courts


Orange County Courts

Long Beach Court
Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse
275 Magnolia
Long Beach, CA 90802

Southbay Court

Southwest District

Torrance Courthouse
825 Maple Ave.
Torrance, CA 90503

Compton Courthouse
200 West Compton Blvd.
Compton, CA 90220

Downey Courthouse
7500 East Imperial Highway
Downey, CA 90242

Bellflower Courthouse
10025 East Flower Street
Bellflower, CA 90706


West Justice Center
8141 13th Street
Westminster, CA 92683


North Justice Center
1275 North Berkeley Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832


LAX Court
Airport Courthouse
11701 S. La Cienega
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Inglewood Courthouse
One Regent Street
Inglewood, CA 90301​

Pasadena Courthouse

300 E Walnut St

Pasadena, CA 91101


LA Court

Downtown Los Angeles Court

Hill Street Court

Metropolitan Courthouse

1945 Hill St

Los Angeles, CA 90007

West Covina Courthouse

1427 W Covina Pkwy

West Covina, CA 91790

Norwalk Courthouse
12720 Norwalk Blvd.
Norwalk, CA 90650

Santa Ana Court

Central Justice Center

700 W Civic Center Dr

Santa Ana, CA 92701

Harbor in Newport

Harbor Justice Center

4601 Jamboree Rd

Newport Beach, CA 92660

East LA Court

East Los Angeles Courthouse

4848 Civic Center Way

East Los Angeles, CA 90022

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