El Monte Courthouse


11234 Valley Blvd, El Monte, CA 91731


Court Hours

El Monte Courthouse is open between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.



There is a parking structure adjacent to El Monte Courthouse. Parking costs under $10.



Because you have to go through security before entering El Monte Courthouse or any other courthouse, we recommend that you bring only what you need. This way, you can save time and not have to worry about bringing prohibited items into the courthouse.


Contact Information

For general information, you can call the El Monte Courthouse information line at (626) 575-4101. For any additional information, please visit the El Monte Courthouse information page on the Superior Courthouse of California, County of Los Angeles website.


El Monte Courthouse Phone Numbers:

  • General Information:
    • (626) 401-2200
  • Criminal Clerk’s Office:
    • Location: El Monte Courthouse, 1st floor, room 100
    • (626) 401-2298
    • Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • District Attorney – El Monte Branch:
    • Location: El Monte Courthouse, 1st floor, room 100
    • (626) 575-4155
  • Pre-Trial Services:
    • Location: El Monte Courthouse, 1st floor, room 103
    • (626) 459-8813
  • Public Defender:
    • Location: El Monte, 1st floor, room 113
    • (626) 575-4174
  • Sheriff’s Department:
    • Location: El Monte Courthouse, 1st floor, room 114
    • (626) 575-4180
  • Traffic Clerk’s Office:
    • Location: El Monte Courthouse, 1st floor, room 100
    • (626) 401-2299
  • Traffic Night Court
    • Hours: 1st Monday of each month except holidays. 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    • (626) 396-3397
    • Call to schedule a date. By appointment only, no walk-ins are allowed.
  • Traffic Telephone Payments
    • (213) 742-1928

El Monte Courthouse Department Phone Numbers:


Department Telephone Number
1 (626) 401-2201
2 (626) 401-2202
3 (626) 401-2203
4 (626) 401-2204
5 (626) 401-2205
6 (626) 401-2206

If you are being charged in a criminal, traffic, or civil case, you will be ordered to appear in court. In criminal and traffic cases, the courthouse you are supposed to appear for your arraignment (first court hearing) depends on the location of  your alleged offense, as well as which law enforcement agency is handling the investigation of the case. The arresting agencies that send cases to the El Monte Courthouse include:

  • El Monte Police Department
  • Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department – Temple Station
  • Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department – Industry Station
  • CHP Santa Fe Springs
  • CHP East Los Angeles
  • CHP Baldwin Park

Where and when is my arraignment?

The court date and location can typically be found at the bottom of your citation if you received one. If you were bailed out of jail, the bail company will provide you with a document which will include the date when you are due in court. There are times when you are simply unable to find out which courthouse your case is at. If this is the case, the Law Offices of Lisa Liu will be more than happy to help you figure out which courthouse has jurisdiction over your case.


Make sure that you or your attorney show up to the courthouse on the specified date because you may incur additional penalties if you fail to appear for your arraignment.


Arraignment Hearing and Bail

The arraignment hearing is the defendant’s first court appearance. At an arraignment hearing, the defendant will usually plead not guilty, the defense attorney will be able to view the police report, and the judge will decide whether he or she wants to set bail and put you into custody or allow you to remain free during court proceedings.

If the judge chooses to place you in custody, you will need to pay your bail if you want to be released. If you do not pay bail, you will remain in the custody of the Los Angeles County jail for the duration of your case. Hiring and meeting with a criminal defense attorney before your arraignment can be very helpful because your attorney will have a better chance of convincing the judge not to put you in custody.


Why Law Offices of Lisa Z. Liu?

Finding a local defense attorney is much more beneficial than hiring one from a different county. Attorney Lisa Z. Liu has handled countless cases in this courthouse. As a result, she has developed favorable connections with the prosecutors, judges, and court officials at El Monte Courthouse. These connections prove to be invaluable during court proceedings, and it will help you obtain a better outcome for your case. As a former District Attorney, defense attorney Lisa Liu knows how the prosecution works to obtain convictions. If you are looking for an El Monte DUI or criminal defense attorney, we encourage you to contact us at the Law Offices of Lisa Z. Liu. Attorney Lisa Z. Liu is a state bar certified criminal law specialist who has helped many of her clients successfully fight their cases in court.


To schedule a free, confidential consultation with Attorney Lisa Z. Liu, please contact our office at (626) 988-6800 or email lisa@lisaliulaw.com.