Why does it take so long to get a court date?
The Court of Common Pleas handles many thousands of traffic cases every year and
makes every effort to dispose of them as quickly as possible. However, because the
Court only has the capacity to schedule a certain number of cases for each event, and
because of the caseload volume, it may take several months to schedule your matter.
Where do I go when I come to the Courthouse?
Once you enter the courthouse, please take the elevator to the 5th floor where a Bailiff
will direct you as to what to do.
Where can I park?
Parking is available in the Colonial Parking Lot adjacent to the courthouse. The
facility accepts cash and credit cards for payments. Additional parking is available.
No cell phones in the Courthouse
Cell phones are not permitted in the courthouse. Cell phone lockers are available in
the parking garage for your convenience. This is a free public telephone available in
the courthouse lobby for your use.
Do I need to have a lawyer or can I represent myself?
If you choose to have a lawyer represent you at Traffic Court you may do so. If you do
not want a lawyer to represent you, you can choose to represent yourself. (Please note
that not all traffic offenses are eligible for Public Defender representation).
How do I get an attorney?
If you wish to represented by a private attorney, you should contact and hire a
private attorney prior to your appearance date. If you cannot afford an attorney you
can interview with the Public Defender to see if you are eligible. You must schedule an interview with the Public Defender’s Office at least five working days prior to the date of
your appearance to ensure that you can be represented. If the Public Defender does
represent you, there is a $50.00 fee for their service.
What should I bring with me?
Please bring all documentation with you, e.g., your notice to appear in court, insurance
card, vehicle registration card, driver’s license, etc.
If you go to trial and have witnesses you wish to testify on your behalf, please advise
them to appear at 1:15 p.m. If you decide to plead to the charge or the charge is dropped,
you should have sufficient time to contact them. If you think your witness(es) will not
appear on their own, you may subpoena them through a written request to the Clerks
Office at least ten (10) days prior to your trial date.
How long will I be in Court?
Please plan to spend most of the day at the courthouse. If you take a plea in the morning,
it is likely that your case will be resolved before the 1:30 p.m. trial calendar. However,
after speaking with the Deputy Attorney General in the morning, if you decide to request
a trial, please make sure you are present along with your witnesses at 1:30 p.m. for the
Will I have the opportunity to talk to someone about a plea?
There will be representatives from the Attorney General’s Office available to speak with
you in the morning about taking a plea.
Do I have to have a trial?
If you choose not to take the plea offered by the Attorney General’s Office at the morning
arraignment calendar, your case will proceed to the 1:30 p.m. trial calendar. Police
officers and other witnesses are scheduled to be present at that time, but are not required
to come to court in the morning.
What happens if the witness/police oficer does not appear?
Witnesses/Police Officers and/or other witnesses for the State are scheduled to appear for
the 1:30 p.m. trial calendar only. If the officer does not appear for the trial calendar it
may be possible for you to request that your case be dismissed. The judge will make that
determination based on information from both sides.
What happens if I get fined and don't have the money with me to pay?
You will be able to set up a payment agreement with the court. Please be aware that in
addition to the fine, there are other fees and costs that will be assessed at the time you
enter your plea.
What should I do if I need the assitance of an interpreter?
There are Spanish Interpreters present at the time of the Traffic Calendar. If you need an
interpreter for another language, please contact the court at least seven (7) working days
prior to the calendar date so that arrangements can be made.
Can I bring my child with me?
No small children are permitted in the courtroom. Please make arrangements for
child care prior to coming to court as there are no child care facilities in the courthouse.