Superior Court of California, San Bernardino County

Superior Court of California, San Bernardino County
ANNOUNCING A NEW SERVICE FOR TRAFFIC/NON-TRAFFIC INFRACTION
ARRAIGNMENTS VIA REMOTE VIDEO PROCEEDINGS (RVP)

The San Bernardino Superior Court now offers Remote Video Proceedings (RVP) for traffic and non-traffic infraction arraignments from the Needles District. This service is provided as convenience for those that were issued a traffic or non-traffic infraction violation in the Needles jurisdiction.

An appearance is not necessary to resolve most infraction cases; however, parties who wish to appear for arraignment on an infraction citation issued in the Needles jurisdiction will have the option to appear at the Needles District, located at 1111 Bailey Avenue in Needles. RVP arraignments will be held the first Friday of each month in the Needles District. Parties may also elect to appear in person at the Barstow District, located at 235 East Mountain View Street in Barstow.

To appear at either location please follow these steps:
  1. Contact the clerk’s office at the Barstow District by phone or in person to reserve a court date. Click HERE for contact information.
  2. Tell the clerk if you would like to appear in person in the Barstow District or appear by RVP in the Needles District.
    1. If you would like to appear in the Needles District, complete form TR-510 (Notice and Waiver of Rights and Request for Remote Video) from the clerk’s office or by clicking HERE.
    2. Complete, sign and submit the form TR-510 to the Barstow District and reserve a scheduled hearing. The form must be submitted prior to the hearing.
  3. Appear for arraignment in the location where you reserved a court date.

NOTICE: PARTIES MUST RESERVE A COURT DATE, WALK-INS ARE NOT ALLOWED.

Interpreter services: Interpreters will be provided to parties appearing in the Needles District. To request an interpreter, parties must inform the clerk that they will need an interpreter when they reserve their hearing.

How RVP Works

The Needles District will hold RVP for infraction arraignments the first Friday of each month. The courtroom in the Needles District will be equipped with a camera, a large television monitor and microphones. Parties will be connected by videoconference to a courtroom in the Barstow District with the same equipment. Parties appearing in Needles, and the judicial officer in Barstow, will be able to see, hear, and speak to each other through this video connection.

On RVP days, the court will have an employee at the Needles District conduct roll call as well as collect documents from the parties. The hearings will proceed as in a traditional traffic hearing, but they will be held using the videoconference connection. If parties have documents that were not submitted previously, the court employee will scan the documents to the case file so they will be available to the judicial officer at the Barstow District.

At this time, the San Bernardino Superior Court’s RVP program does not allow for arraignment and court trial to be held on the same date. RVP hearings in the Needles District will be for arraignments only, pursuant to California Rule of Court 4.220 (e) (2). All infraction court trials for citations issued in the Needles area will be held in the Barstow District.


Requesting a Remote Appearance

To request RVP for an infraction arraignment, parties must reserve a court date and file a Notice and Waiver of Rights and Request for Remote Video Proceedings (Form TR-510) with the Barstow District. Parties may reserve a court date by speaking to a clerk in person at the Barstow District or over the phone by calling (760) 718-3700. The clerk reserving the RVP arraignment will mail form TR-510 to parties.

Form TR-510 may also be obtained at any San Bernardino Superior Court District or by clicking HERE to go to the Judicial Council Website. Judicial Council forms may be completed online and printed for filing at no cost. Form TR-510 should be filed at the Barstow District before the RVP arraignment. If form TR-510 is not filed before the hearing, it must be filed at the Needles District before the RVP hearing can proceed. To reduce any delays on the day of hearing, file form TR-510 before the hearing at:

Superior Court of California
Barstow District
235 E. Mt. View
Barstow, California 92311
(760) 718-3700

Barstow Clerk’s Office hours: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

A drop box is located at the Barstow District. Documents placed in the drop box before 4:00 PM will be considered filed the same business day. Documents placed in the drop box after 4:00 PM will be considered filed the next business day. There is not a drop box at the Needles District.

Links to More Information and Forms

Click the links below to access RVP forms, including form TR-500-INFO, which is an informational form describing RVP processes in more detail.
  • Instructions to Defendant for Remote Video Proceeding (Form TR-500-INFO)
  • Notice and Waiver of Rights and Request for Remote Video Proceeding (Form TR-510)

CLICK HERE to see California Rule of Court (CRC) 4.220 regarding RVP.

NOTICE – At this time, the San Bernardino Superior Court’s RVP program does not allow for arraignment and trial to be held on the same date. RVP hearings in the Needles district are for arraignments only. All infraction court trials for citations issued in the Needles jurisdiction will continue to be held in the Barstow District.


Remote Video Proceedings Frequently Asked Questions

Location, days and hours of operation of the remote location

Needles District
Address: 1111 Bailey Ave, Needles, CA 92363
Days of Operation: 1st Friday of each month
Clerk’s Office Hours of Operation: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
RVP Hearing Time: 10:00 AM

What services will be provided in the remote location?

The clerk’s office will provide the following streamlined services:
  • Provide information regarding case(s).
  • Provide various infraction-related forms to be completed and submitted, such as Trial by Declaration forms, installment agreements, traffic school information, and traffic appeal forms.
  • Provide one-time 60-day extension from initial citation due date.
  • Provide one-time 30-day extension for the lifetime of payment plan with a $30.00 extension fee.
  • Accept non-cash payments on infraction cases.
  • Calendar future hearings on infraction cases.
  • Accept installment agreements to set up payments on infraction cases with a $35.00 fee.

What type of monetary transactions will be processed at the remote location?

The Needles District will accept Credit and Debit Cards, Checks, Money Orders, Cashier Checks. No Cash will be accepted. Money orders may be obtained in Needles at the United States Post Office located at 628 Third Street, Needles California. Envelopes will be provided for mailed payments. The $30.00 Time to Pay fee will be waived to allow parties time to submit payment within two weeks of their RVP hearing unless the judicial officer orders another payment due date.

Pay in person: Pay by mail:

Needles District
1111 Bailey Ave
Needles, CA 92363
On RVP days only

Superior Court
Box 15005
San Bernardino, CA 92415
Attn: Traffic Division


How will minute orders be provided to the defendant at the hearing?

The minute orders will be printed and provided to the defendants by a court employee at the remote location.

Are the defendants required to appear in the remote location?

No, appearing at the remote location is an option. Parties may elect to appear the Needles District or the Barstow District or resolve their case by other means: by mail, using the court Website or by reserving a hearing in the Barstow District.