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Orange County North Justice Center Fullerton Courthouse

Orange County North Justice Center or Fullerton Courthouse Information – including what you need to know if you have to go to Court in Fullerton.

Fullerton Courthouse North Justice Center

The OC Courthouse in Fullerton was built in 1968.  It has 18 courtrooms. Its average daily pedestrian traffic is 2,406 persons entering and existing the currently two entrances to the courthouse.

The Court in Fullerton handles DUI cases, and other criminal cases, from any arrests within the following cities:

  • Anaheim
  • Brea
  • Buena Park
  • Cypress
  • Fullerton
  • La Habra
  • La Palma
  • Los Alamitos
  • Placentia
  • Stanton
  • Yorba Linda

This court has interior traffic windows, which make it easy to pay fines, get information, and have the court provide copy of documents for traffic matters without having to wait in the longer criminal clerk line.  Those are on the first floor.  The second floor is staff only.

Your Court Appearance in the Fullerton Courthouse.

If you have been arrested for DUI and are appearing at the North Justice Center, you will typically be given a court date on a document, for your arraignment.

Your arraignment will be in Department N-8, (as of 2016, Judge Glenn Mahler) on the third floor of the Fullerton Courthouse.  

After your arraignment, your case proceeds to pretrial.

Misdemeanor pretrials are all heard in Department N-9, upstairs on the third floor of the Fullerton Courthouse.

If you have a case that has already been set for a trial at a previous date by a judge, then misdemeanor trials start in N-7, where they can be assigned to any courthouse in the courthouse, or anywhere in Orange County.

Persons Held in Jail for their Court Date in Fullerton: If you are in court for a case where someone is in custody, they are usually held in the basement on the North side of the building, under the custody of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and brought up to court when ready, as needed by the court.

Approximately 2,000 or more inmates are transported, by bus, to the North Justice Facility each month from various Orange County Jail facilities. The holding facility at the North Justice Facility has a rated capacity for 253 inmates. However, those in custody are required to be kept separated (by gender, by ethnicity, gang affiliations, health, or protective custody), and as a result, the North Court detention facility cannot safely hold more than 150 inmates.

Only the lawyers and attorneys that are a member of the California Bar Association and members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department are allowed to visit persons in custody in the courthouse.

Orange County North Justice Center Fullerton Courthouse

The address to the courthouse is as follows:

North Justice Center

1275 N. Berkeley Ave.

P.O. Box 5000

Fullerton, CA 92838

Fullerton Courthouse Parking is available for free, and parking is available in the two lots on the West side of the courthouse, or anywhere on the streets as allowed near the courthouse.

The list of telephone numbers for the courthouse is available here: http://www.occourts.org/locations/general-phone.html

The Orange County District Attorney has an office on the second floor inside the courthouse building.  Phone number is (714) 896-7261.  Website: Orange County District Attorney North Justice Center

The Orange County Public Defender’s Office is in a separate building nearby. (714) 896-7281  Website: Orange County Public Defender North Justice Center

There is a Victim’s and Witnesses Office in the Fullerton Courthouse also, which can help victims or those testifying, with questions and support.  Phone: (714) 896-7188, Witness Coordination:(714) 934-4634.  Website:  Orange County Victims Services North Justice Center

The Fullerton Courthouse has received a Seismic Rating Level V, mainly because of its plaster ceilings.

If you need to speak with a lawyer that has years of experience in the Orange County Fullerton Courthouse, contact our firm or call us at (877) 942-3090.


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