January 11, 2021

Shows the front of the Westminster Courthouse

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 courtcase.

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

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 Apperance.

If you have an Arraignment for a DUI or Shoplifting case at this location, then your case will most likely be inside department W1. After your arraignment, your case will go into W13 for what they call a pretrial.

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.

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

Information for different agencies at the West Justice Center

Collections and alcohol liaison 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)

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