Last updated: September 27, 2013
Los Angeles County is a huge metropolitan area with over 9.5 million residents. Much like its freeways, the county’s various courts can be complicated and confusing to navigate. Here we highlight four key court systems you are likely to encounter: the Los Angeles Superior Court, the California Central District Bankruptcy Court, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and the 2nd District Court of Appeal.
The Superior Court alone has over 600 courtrooms spread throughout 4000 square miles - from Pomona to Santa Monica and from Lancaster to Long Beach. Needless to say, there are a lot of cases passing through the doors every day. There are 46 different courthouses handling nine types of cases: Appellate, Civil, Criminal, Family Law, Juvenile, Mental Health, Probate, Small Claims and Traffic. For a complete list of all courthouses, click here.
Parking: There are two paid public parking locations; one is beneath the courthouse, and the other is across the street from the courthouse on Commonwealth Ave.
Note: This courthouse handles very limited types of cases: Family Law and Criminal infraction, non-traffic related. The Family Law Facilitator’s Office is located in this building.
Parking: Paid lots are available throughout the downtown area.
Note: This courthouses handles Criminal cases only, excluding traffic-related matters.
Parking: There is a parking structure with varying fees depending on if you park in the upper or lower level. Metered parking is available on the surrounding surface streets.
Note: This courthouse handles all Traffic matters, including night court.
Parking: Parking is available at various paid lots surrounding the courthouse. Fees range from $10 to $15 or a higher rate per day. There is limited metered street parking on Grand Ave. and Hill St.
Note: Stanley Mosk Courthouse on Hill St. handles both Civil Unlimited and Civil Limited matters including Probate.
Parking: Same as Hill St.
Note: Stanley Mosk Courthouse on Grand Ave. handles Family Law, Probate and Small Claims matters.
Parking: Free parking is available in parking lots on Ave. J and Ave. J-2. Limited street parking is available.
Note: This location handles only Juvenile Delinquency and Dependency cases. Also, juvenile matters are confidential. Court staff is prohibited by law from giving out case information, including verifying the existence of a case.
Parking: Parking is $5 per day
Note: This court handles Adoption and Abandonment proceedings. It is also home to The Children’s Law Center, a nonprofit legal organization representing children who are at risk of abuse or neglect in juvenile dependency proceedings.
Parking: Parking is available on 7th St. (south side) for $6.
Note: This location handles Unlimited Civil matters (Civil complaints, Civil Harassment Restraining Orders, Ex-Parte and Judgment Debtor proceedings and
Name Change Hearings), all Criminal hearings (except traffic) Family Law and Juvenile Delinquency. It also houses The Family Law Facilitator’s Office and a Self Help Legal Access Center.
Parking: Free public parking is available on the south and the east sides of the courthouse.
Note: This court handles all Traffic matters and Probate proceedings. It also houses The Family Law Facilitator’s Office and a Self Help Legal Access Center that offers free legal service to low-income people with matters regarding Community Legal Education, Consumer Protection, Discrimination, Domestic Violence, Education, Employment Law, Housing Law and Immigration Law.
Parking: Three hour paid parking is available in the parking structure.
Note: This location handles Adoptions, Civil, Criminal and Traffic. As of April 1, 2010 all Small Claims cases filed in Burbank will be heard in Glendale. All Small Claim cases filed in Burbank prior to April 1, 2010 are heard in Burbank. There is also a Family Law Facilitator’s Office here.
Parking: The parking lot is reserved for employees only. Parking is not allowed at City Hall. Street parking is available with metered and unmetered spaces surrounding the courthouse.
Note: This location handles Civil, Criminal, Small Claims and Traffic.
Parking: There is a paid parking lot, $5 flat rate, located at the north side of the courthouse.
Note: This location handles Adoptions, Civil, Small Claims and Traffic.
Parking: Free parking is available to jurors in the parking lot on the corner of 3rd St. and MacNeil St. All others can find paid parking structures in the area.
Note: This location handles Adoptions, Civil, Criminal, Family Law and Domestic Violence. It also houses The Family Law Facilitator’s Office and a Self Help Legal Access Center that offers free legal service to low-income people with matters regarding Community Legal Education, Consumer Protection, Discrimination, Domestic Violence, Education, Employment Law, Housing Law and Immigration Law.
Parking: The parking structure is on the southeast corner of Marengo Ave. and Walnut St. The entrance to the structure is on 240 Ramona St.
Ceiling clearance for the parking structure is 6' 6". Large trucks or sport utility vehicles may not be able to use the parking facility. There are other parking lots adjacent to the courthouse.
Note: This location handles Civil (including Unlawful Detainer actions), Criminal and Family Law proceedings. It also houses The Family Law Facilitator’s Office.
Parking: The public parking structure is at 6170 Sylmar Ave. between Delano St. and Calvert St. (one block east of Van Nuys Blvd). Metered parking is available on surroundings streets.
Parking: The parking structure is at 101 S. Magnolia Ave, across from the courthouse.
Parking: Paid parking is available in the parking structure on 400 South Acacia Ave. This is on the corner of Acacia Ave. and Myrrh St., south of the courthouse. Parking is free for all jurors.
Note: This location handles Civil, Criminal, Family Law, Law and Motion, Temporary Restraining Orders and Traffic. It also houses The Family Law Facilitator’s Office and a Self Help Legal Access Center.
Parking: There is free parking in the structure behind the library off of Civic Center Dr. and on the public streets surrounding the courthouse. Watch for posted no parking or limited parking signs.
Note: This location handles all Criminal and Traffic cases.
Parking: There are various paid parking lots off of Imperial Hwy near Old River School Rd.
Note: This location handles Criminal, Small Claims and Traffic matters.
Parking: Parking is available in the City of Norwalk parking structure off Civic Center Dr. (east of the courthouse), and the entrance is on Avenida Manuel Salinas.
Note: This location handles Civil, Domestic Violence, Family Law and Probate. It also houses The Family Law Facilitator’s Office and a Domestic Violence Clinic.
Parking: Free public and juror parking are available on Maple Ave. (north of the courthouse).
Parking: The Airport Courthouse parking lot is reserved for jurors and employees only. The Pacific Concourse has a paid parking lot and there is metered parking around the courthouse for the public.
Note: This location handles Criminal matters only.
Parking: A parking lot is next to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, which is south of the courthouse. Metered parking is available in a parking lot on Main St. (which is directly in front and north of the courthouse).
Parking: The courthouse does not have a public parking lot. There are several paid lots in the area.
Note: This location handles all bankruptcy proceedings for L.A. county residents. If you’re filing for bankruptcy and don’t have an attorney, you must do it in person. The court will not allow you to file electronically unless you are a lawyer.
Parking: If possible, take public transportation. Parking in downtown Los Angeles can be difficult and expensive. If you do bring your car, try parking in Chinatown, just northeast of Cesar Chavez Avenue. You should find $5 all-day parking lots along Spring Street and North High Street.
Note: If you do not have an attorney, this location offers a Federal Pro Se (representing yourself) clinic. The clinic has varying hours and is administered by a non-profit law firm, Public Counsel (not by the Court.)
Parking: While the court is freeway accessible from both the 110 freeway (4th street exit) & 101 freeway (Spring Street exit), strongly consider public transportation. Paid parking is located at Broadway Spring Center (parking structure), Paragon Parking (between the Ronald Reagan State Building and the Banco Popular Building), Joe's Auto Parks (on the North-East corner of 3rd and Spring Street) and
Broadway/Spring Center Public Parking (on the North-East corner of 4th and Main Street).
Note: Courts of Appeal review final judgments of Superior Courts only.