Van Nuys Courthouse West


14400 Erwin Street Mall Van Nuys, CA 91401

Court Hours

Van Nuys Courthouse West is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the Clerk’s Office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except court holidays.


Parking for a fee is available in the public parking structure is located at 6170 Sylmar Ave. between Delano St. and Calvert St. (one block east of Van Nuys Blvd.) The parking structure closes at 7:00 pm. The ticket booth is at the top of the ramp on the 4th level. Metered parking is available on nearby streets.


Van Nuys Courthouse West and other Courthouse Wests usually have strict security protocols, 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 West.

Contact Information

For general information, you can call the Van Nuys Courthouse West information line at (818) 989-6900. Please visit the Van Nuys Courthouse West information page on the Superior Courthouse West of California, County of Los Angeles website.

Van Nuys Courthouse West Phone Numbers:

  • General Information:
    • (818) 989-6900
  • Alcohol Program:
    • (818) 997-0414
  • Community Service:
    • (818) 376-1066
  • Criminal Clerk’s Office:
    • Location: Van Nuys Courthouse West, 2nd floor
    • Phone Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • (818) 989-6998
  • Sheriff’s Office:
    • (818) 374-2511
  • Traffic Clerk’s Office:
    • Location: Van Nuys Courthouse West, 2nd floor
    • Phone Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • (818) 989-6999
  • Traffic Night Court
    • Hours: 1st Thursday of the month
    • (818) 989-6999
  • Traffic Telephone Payments:
    • 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.
    • (213) 742- 1884

Van Nuys Courthouse West Department Phone Numbers:


Department Telephone
100 (818) 989-6800
101 (818) 989-6801
102 (818) 989-6802
103 (818) 989-6803
105 (818) 989-6805
106 (818) 901-4606
112 (818) 989-6812
113 (818) 989-6813
115 (818) 989-6815
119 (818) 989-6819
120 (818) 989-6820
121 (818) 989-6821
122 (818) 989-6822
E (818) 989-6823
F (818) 989-6833
G (818) 989-6814
N (818) 989-6806
R (818) 989-6817
S (818) 989-6827
V (818) 989-6818

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 West 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 West 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 West has jurisdiction over your case.

Make sure that you or your attorney show up to the Courthouse West 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 choose the 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 West. As a result, she has developed favorable connections with the prosecutors, judges, and court officials at Van Nuys Courthouse West. 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 Van Nuys 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 by email to