Long Beach Superior Court
The Long Beach Superior Court handles both criminal and civil matters. Criminal Felony cases are
heard in Division 1. Most Drunk Driving or DUI cases are heard in Division 6, 7 and 8 of the Long
Beach Court if the defendant has a private attorney, if not the case is heard in the public defender
courtroom. All Domestic Violence cases are handled in Division 8 of the Court by Long Beach Superior
Court . The Domestic Violence Court cases are mostly misdemeanors and are comprised of charges
such as spousal abuse, stalking, spousal battery and assault, criminal threats, child abuse and child
endangerment cases originating from the Long Beach area, San Pedro Criminal Cases and Signal Hill.
Custody Felony arraignments are heard in Department 1 at 1:30 p.m. Nearly all felony preliminary
hearings are heard in the courtroom reserved for hearings. When a defendant is arraigned from jail they
can request to be released on their "own recognizance" which means they will be allowed to go home
and return back to Court on a promise to appear for all future Court dates. Should O.R. be denied, the
Judge will set Bail. An attorney can file a motion at any time to reduce Bail or request an O.R. release
The Juvenile Criminal Delinquency Court is in the same building as the adult Court and is comprised of
judges, probation officers and commissioners that only hear juvenile matters. These Courtrooms are
located in a non-public section of the Long beach Superior Court. The Juvenile Court is presided over
by a Superior Court Judge and Superior Court Commissioner the Juvenile Court adjudicates all
criminal cases for minors under 18.
The parking issue for Court business is a growing problem and will likely get worse as the population
grows. Parking costs anywhere from $10.00 to $15.00 per entry into the parking structure, except for
Long Beach Criminal courtroom hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.
m. to 4:30 p.m. If you have a scheduled court date you may report directly to the courtroom. Otherwise,
you must report to the Criminal Clerk’s Office, Room 401, no later than 8:30 a.m. Bench Warrant recall
can be accomplished by a pro per, however it is always wise to retain the services of a lawyer.
Numbers to Know
Long Beach Superior Court
Long Beach Criminal Case Information
Long Beach Traffic Court Information
Automated Information Processing Center for Los Angeles
Long Beach Juvenile Criminal Court
Long Beach City Prosecutor
Prosecutes all Misdemeanor Criminal cases occurring within the city limits of Long Beach, mostly DUI,
Public Intoxication and Domestic Violence cases.
Long Beach Criminal Defense Attorney, Matthew J. Ruff
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Los Angeles County District Attorney, Long Beach Branch