West Justice Center – 3 Important Things to Know About Yout Court Trip.

General Information for West Justice Center Courthouse

The West Justice Center (Westminster Courthouse) is one of 5 Orange County Superior Courts that serve Orange County. It helps the cities of Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, and the surrounding areas.

You should expect to put aside at least the morning to handle your court case.

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You should expect to put aside at least the morning to handle your court case.


Visitors to the Superior Court must follow the rules when going into the courthouse. Be sure to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled court time to allow you time to get in. You should expect lines to get into the courthouse.

Rules to Know Before Going to West Justice Center Courthouse

Every Orange County Superior Court has metal detectors to screen for anything that looks like contraband. Finally, you will want to make sure that you do have any weapons or anything hat can be considered a weapon on you. IE pocket knives and lighters. Only law enforcement officers who are officers are allowed to bring weapons into court.

West Justice Courtrooms usually have strict security protocols. We suggest that you bring only what is necessary. This will help you avoid wasting your time and energy trying to get through security and stashing yours tuff in the bushes. 


The sheriffs secure this area and protect Visitors to the courthouse. Television Screens show wherein the courthouse your case is at. The screen is right in front of the sheriff’s screening area. Also, you can check the status of your case online at occourts.org.

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You must remove belts and all metal items on your body and put them into a basket. The sheriff will have you walk thru the metal detector. After walking thru the metal detector, you will see the screen on the right-hand side. The sheriff also protects the courthouse and courtrooms. Visitors are warned not to communicate with inmates as they are brought into the trial court.

Information about your case at the West Justice Center.

Information if this is your First Court Appearance.

Sometimes cases are not filed on time at the Courthouse. If you showed up to arraignment by yourself and this is the case then you need to watch the mailbox for future court dates and check in at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office to cover your bases. The rest of the information is for people who have their case filed.

If you are charged with a misdemeanor in Orange County, you most likely appear in W3.  You first felony hearing will most likely be held in w12. If you have a DUI warrant or failure to appear warrant then you will need to appear at the clerks office be 10:00 AM. 

West Justice Center handles 100s of cases each day. The courtrooms are crowded on most days. You will want to be punctual about your case and arrive at 8:30 and plan to be there until at least 12:00pm and longer. 

In addition, you do not want to be dressed too casually to show respect to the court. You should wear clothes that fit well and feel comfortable. No shorts, tank tops, bare middrifts, hats, sunglasses, cellphones, cameras, or tape recording devices are allowed in courtrooms. If you must bring your own laptop, please turn it off and leave work outside of the courtroom. 

Your First Court Appearance and  Bail

The first appearance on your case at the West Justice Center for your criminal court case is called an arraignment. Arraignments are held in the courtroom on the first floor of the Orange County West Justice Center courthouse. As of the writing of this article, it is either room W3 or room W12 and scheduled at 8:30.  You will want to go thru the double doors and check the monitors on the right next to the metal detectors. 

If you have an Arraignment for a 1st DUI or Shoplifting case at this location, then your case will most likely be inside department W3. After your arraignment, your case will go into W18 for what they call a pretrial.

Bail will need to be considered if you have a felony case, 2nd, 3rd DUI, or a domestic violence case in the West Justice Center. At your misdemeanor  (DUI, Shoplifting, Drunk in public, Domestic Violence)arraignment hearing, you will likely enter a plea of “not guilty.” inside department W3. If you are representing yourself then you will be warned about the dangers of self representation and the dangers of it. You may also be offered a deal by the prosecutor along with a waiver of your right to a jury trial.

If you have a law lawyer will then they will be able to deny these charges and enter a not guilty plea for you. Then they will be able to get the police report along  and determine if the police officers were being truthful and did their job right.  In addition you lawyer will advocate to have you released on you promise to appear instead of bail. This is a fancy way to say that you do not have to post bail.  If you are released on your own recognizance, you will be given a date when you must appear in court.

If the judge decides to release you on bail, you will need to pay a bond amount or use a bondsman to post it before you are allowed to leave the courtroom. 

If you have a traffic ticket, then your case is most likely in department 7. If it is your first court date (arraignment), it will be scheduled for 8:30 in the morning. If it is for your 2nd court date, you can expect it to be at 1:30 pm.

After you leave the courtroom, instructions will be given to you to pay your fines for your traffic violation or criminal matters. Resources are available for people who have cases at the county courthouse.
There are many agencies inside that caters to needs related to your case.

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There are many agencies inside that caters to needs related to your case.

Information for different agencies at the West Justice Center

Collections  are on the right side of the building after you pass the metal detectors. Collections are where you can pay your fines. They will accept cash, check, or credit cards. This is also where you can work out a payment plan for your case as well. These agencies can also be contacted by using the numbers below.

The superior court provides access to the clerk of court for you as well. Many legal issues can be handled without a court appearance by going to the clerk. For example, suppose you have community service due, and you have not extended it yet. In that case, you can do this at the clerk’s office and avoiding a probation violation because you missed your deadline.

Many times the clerks can grant the first extension without you having to see a judiciary officer.

Printable Information About Your case

The courthouse also has a DNA Office run by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. This is where you submit your DNA when you resolve your case if it was part of the deal. It is located on the second floor. You must bring your court paperwork with you when you go here.

The hours of operation are from 8:30-4:30.

Victim Witness (to arrange restitution if you case involves an accident):

Phone number: 714-896-7191 

Email: [email protected]

OneOC: (to arrange for Community Service/Physical Labor/Cal Trans) 

Phone Number: 714-953-5597

Email: [email protected]

Alcohol Liason (to arrange your alcohol classes and MADD Panel in cases of DUIs) (No Longer Open)

Web: www.ochealthinfo.com/courtprograms

Phone: 714-896-7327

Victim Impact Panel (call to arrange MADD Class) 

714-838-6199 extension 6652

Public Defenders Office 

14120 Beach Blvd., Suite 200

Westminster, CA 92683-4593

Phone: (657) 251-6562

FAX: (714) 379-3248

Toll Free: (866) 634-6225

Probation (if you want to have general questions or want to apply for SEC (House Arrest/Secured Electronic Monitoring) 

Phone: 714-896-7133

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