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 jurors.

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.  Top Long Beach Criminal Lawyer
Matthew Ruff has over 25 years experience fighting cases in the Long Beach Criminal

Numbers to Know

Long Beach Superior Court
(562) 491-6201

Long Beach Criminal Case Information
(562) 491-6226

Long Beach Traffic Court Information
Automated Information Processing Center for Los Angeles
(213) 742-8809

Long Beach Juvenile Criminal Court
(562) 491-5922

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.
(562) 570-5600

Long Beach Criminal Defense Attorney,  Matthew J. Ruff

Los Angeles County District Attorney, Long Beach Branch
(562) 491-6301
Long Beach DUI Lawyer