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Criminal
The criminal courts hear cases where the State has filed charges against one or more or persons alleged to have committed criminal offenses[G]. Criminal offenses fall into one of three categories:
A person charged with committing a criminal offense is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The criminal courts also hear cases involving search warrants[G], fugitive warrants and extradition[G] proceedings, habeas corpus[G] petitions, and grand jury[G] indictments[G].
Criminal cases are heard in various courthouses in Los Angeles County.
Attention
June 3, 2013

Effective June 3, 2013, new misdemeanor and felony cases will no longer be filed at the Beverly Hills Courthouse, the Central Arraignment Courts (CAC), East Los Angeles Courthouse (Felony cases only), Malibu Courthouse, Pomona Courthouse North and the Whittier Courthouse.

Effective June 3, 2013, pending misdemeanor and felony case filings at the Beverly Hills Courthouse, the Central Arraignment Courts (CAC), East Los Angeles Courthouse (Felony cases only), Malibu Courthouse, Pomona Courthouse North and the Whittier Courthouse will be transferred to other courthouse locations.

For additional information, see the Court Consolidation Plan.

Features
General Information
Your overall guide to the Criminal starts here.
Get Help
You can get help with your Criminal Case. You will find available online help.
Criminal Forms
You will find links to the forms you need for your case. A list of Criminal local forms you can use with your Los Angeles Superior Court case is also found here.
Criminal Law Locations
You can find the courthouse closest to you that will handle Criminal cases.
Court Rules
You will find the court rules that are used only in the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Online Services
Index of Defendants
You can search for defendants in criminal cases by name.
 
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