The courthouse is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the Clerk’s Office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. , Monday through Friday, except court holidays.
Public Parking is available for a fee in the parking structure. Metered parking is available on the surrounding surface streets.
Because you have to go through security before entering Metropolitan 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.
For general information, you can call the Metropolitan Courthouse information line at (213) 745-3200. For any additional information, please visit the Metropolitan Courthouse information page.
Metropolitan Courthouse Phone Numbers:
- General Information:
- (213) 745-3200
- Additional Traffic Information (not for payments):
- (213) 745-3201
- Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Alcohol Program Office
- Location: Metropolitan Courthouse, 6th Floor Room 609
- (213) 744-3791
- Community Service Office:
- Location: 2nd Floor WINDOW 05 – 09
- (213) 743-5541
- Criminal Clerk’s Office:
- Location: Metropolitan Courthouse, 2nd Floor Windows 1 – 3
- (213) 745-3202
- Phone Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Financial Evaluator:
- Location: Metropolitan Courthouse, 7th Floor
- (213) 745-2703
- Jury Assembly Room:
- Location: Metropolitan Courthouse, 8th Floor Room 801
- (213) 745-2710
- LA City Attorney’s Office:
- Location: Metropolitan Courthouse, 5th Floor
- (213) 978-2400
- Public Defender’s Office:
- Location: Metropolitan Courthouse, 2nd Floor
- (213) 744-4121
- Sheriff’s Office:
- Location: Metropolitan Courthouse, 4th Floor
- (213) 744-4101
- Traffic Clerk’s Office:
- Location: West Covina Courthouse, 1st floor
- (213) 745-3201 (not for payments)
- Traffic School:
- Location: Metropolitan Courthouse, 1st floor, WINDOW 11
- Traffic Telephone Payments
- (213) 742-1884
- Phone Hours: Mon-Fri 5:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
- Sat: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Sun: 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Metropolitan Courthouse Department Phone Numbers:
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.
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 Metropolitan 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 a Metropolitan 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 [email protected]