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Governor Brown Signs Assembly Bill 1358 Amnesty Program

Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1358 into law which authorizes the one-time Amnesty Program allowing for people who owe traffic tickets prior to January 2009 to pay the traffic tickets for 50% off the amount they owe starting in January 2012 ending June 30, 2012. Please see the press release below from the Judicial Council of California and Administrative Office of the Courts:


State to Discount Old Unpaid Traffic Tickets

California Superior Courts in all 58 counties are offering a 50% off discount on some old unpaid traffic tickets. It’s a limited time “Amnesty Program” for certain outstanding court debt. More that 6 million cases statewide could qualify. 


“This is a win-win,” according to Ron Overholt, Interim Administrative Director of the Courts. “People have a chance to clear up what they owe to the court at a discount, plus the court and the counties desperately need the money. We hope people will take advantage of this money saving offer.”

The program begins January 1, 2012 and ends June 30, 2012.

Only traffic tickets that were due to be paid prior to January 1, 2009 are eligible. Parking tickets, driving under the influence (DUI), and reckless driving cases are NOT eligible.

To qualify for the 50% discount, all of the following conditions must be met:

    • You have an outstanding  traffic case that was due to be paid in full prior to January 1, 2009;
    • You either failed to appear in court, or failed to pay in full;
    • The last date you made a payment was on or before January 1, 2009;
    • You don’t owe restitution to a victim on any case within the county were the traffic case was filed ;
    • You have no outstanding misdemeanor or felony warrants within the county were the traffic case was filed.

 Other eligibility requirements may vary from county to county.

 After January 1, 2012, contact the Superior Court where the violation occurred for further details. Court locations are listed at:

 Additional information on the Amnesty may be found at the California Courts website:

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The Judicial Council is the policymaking body of the California courts, the largest court system in the nation. Under the leadership of the Chief Justice and in accordance with the California Constitution, the council is responsible for ensuring the consistent, independent, impartial, and accessible administration of justice. The Administrative Office of the Courts carries out the official actions of the council and promotes leadership and excellence in court administration.

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