El Cajon Courthouse

El Cajon Courthouse


Working Hours:
Monday: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Wednesday:8:30 am – 4:00pm
Thursday:  8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Friday:  8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed


Maryann D’Addezio Kotler
Daniel B. Goldstein
Eddie C. Sturgeon
Howard H. Shore
John S. Meyer
Laura H. Parsky
Michael J. Popkins
Michael T. Smyth
Paula S. Rosenstein
Richard S. Whitney
Robert J. Trentacosta
Matthew C. Braner
Tilisha Martin


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El Cajon Courthouse is a city courthouse serving the residents of San Diego County, California. The courthouse was established in 1850 and then a new courthouse was built in a new town in 1872 and further buildings were constructed. A fifth building with new technology was established with a hall of justice in 2016 and it is still serving the residents of the county. This court is in the east county regional center and it is occupied by the facility of the Superior Court, Sheriff, Probation, District Attorney, Revenue and Recovery, and the Board of Supervisors. It has jurisdiction over criminal, civil, family, probate, juvenile, appeal, traffic, and vehicle matters. They also provide online services like record access, online payment, court calendar, jury status etc. so you do not have to the court for these types of facilities. This court also provides self-help for a different division. Proper dressing is required during the court session. All the specific department calendar contact numbers are given on the website. On the front of the courthouse, a public parking spot is available.

How to search for case records?

El Cajon Courthouse case search for records can be found online using the court record access portal https://www.sdcourt.ca.gov/sdcourt/generalinformation/accesscourtrecords. The court maintains all the records online, in files, or a database. The case search can be done using the following ways:

  • Search by Case Number, citation, or traffic number
  • Search by Party Name Search
  • Search by DA Number Search
See also  Fontana Court

After entering the data, the case information will come. The portal will only show those records information that is publicly available. The sealed records are not available for the viewing of the public. Some records are unavailable; if the information does not come, the case records will be removed or confidential and cannot be displayed online. You have to go to the court or give a record request for these documents, and then the court will decide whether to provide that information. The fee for each document per page is $0.50. You can get a copy of the record by visiting the court, by mail or by paying online.

How to make a payment?

El Cajon Courthouse payment can be made in the following ways:


A person can pay for tickets and fines by visiting the court during regular court hours and paying in cash, checks, or with a card at the court payment office. Take your ticket and citation number with you when you come for payment. 2% surcharges will be applied if you make payment with a credit card. 


Online payments can be made using the Court Online Payment Portal https://portal.prod2.odyssey.sdcourt.ca.gov/ODYPortalProd2/Home/Dashboard/17. Enter any search type, like a case or traffic ticket number, name, etc. with the criteria. Your case information with the amount of the fine will be displayed. Select the payment option and pay the amount online. You can also apply for a payment extension and payment plan.


A Person can send a certified check or money order to the court’s mailing address 250 E Main St, El Cajon, CA 92020, USA. Cash or personal checks are not acceptable in the mail; only certified checks or money orders are accepted. Remember to write your citation, name, case number, and account number when you send the payment, and mail the amount in a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you want a receipt.

How to search for a court calendar?

El Cajon Courthouse court calendar can be accessed online http://www.sandiego.courts.ca.gov/portal/online/calendar.html. Ten-week domestic calendars are available with the division. Click on the division and the case time, case number, event and entitlement are available. Confidential case information is not available. You had to go to court for this type of information.

see also Ulster County Family Court

How to take a court hearing?

El Cajon Courthouse hearings can be done in person as well as online. In an in-person hearing, you had to come to the court thirty minutes before the schedule. If you want to take an online hearing, then it is possible using the audio and video conferencing in the Microsoft teams application. You have to send a form to the court with detailed information related to the case, if the court approves your request then the clerk will send you a schedule for the virtual hearing. You had to follow all the guidelines for the online hearing, make sure to attend the meeting link 10 minutes before the schedule and make sure your internet connection is stable.

See also  Superior Court of Sutter

The family division handles which types of cases?

El Cajon Courthouse family division handles family matters that include divorce, legal separation, annulment, domestic violence, child custody, support and visitation matters. The case can be filled out using the e-file system or by visiting the court in person. The self-help provides the family law facilitators option for those persons that cannot afford an attorney for the case.

 How to file a small claims case?

El Cajon Courthouse civil division handles small claims matters in which a person sues another person for money and personal damage within the amount of 10,000. The cases can be resolved in quick and inexpensive ways. You can file a claim by filling out the form online or by visiting the clerk’s office. Fill in your and the defendant’s personal information, the reason for your claim and the amount you are suing. The fees depend upon the amount of money you are claiming. The defendant can appeal against the case by filling and submitting the defendant appeal bond. After the case is filed, the court will send a citation notice to the defendant and the defendant has to answer. The whole procedure video is available on the website in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese and Russian language.

How can I resolve my traffic tickets?

El Cajon Courthouse traffic division handles all the traffic and vehicle matters. The violation includes accidents, speeding, using a mobile phone during driving, violating traffic signals and traffic rules and many more. You can receive a reminder notice in the mail after some days of getting the traffic ticket. If the ticket contains a mandatory appearance, then you have to appear on the schedule. If the court does not contain mandatory appearance, then many options are available that are

  • Pay the full fine on the time 
  • Request for a payment plan or extension if you are unable to pay it on time
  • Request for a traffic school if your case is eligible for it
  • Enter and send a plea of not guilty to the court

see also Spartanburg County Probate Court


Can I appeal against my case result?

Yes, you appeal against your case result but you have to send the appeal notification within 30 days of your result. The appealing division contains the chart that tells how and where to file an appeal and many more.

How can I request a transcript?

You can request a transcript by filling out and sending the transcript request to the court. Enter your personal information and the hearing information and mail it to the court.

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