Advice of Rights for a Court Trial
You have been cited for a violation, not a crime. Your rights are similar but not identical to those in a criminal case. You must enter a plea to the court.
If your case involved an accident, there may be written police reports, which you may obtain at the Beaverton Police Department ten days prior to the trial. There is a fee for photocopying. In the majority of traffic cases there are no written reports available.
Speak with a Judge or Clerk
If you desire to see the judge, you will need to appear during an open court time. At the bottom of the citation is the assigned arraignment date. Please check in at the court clerk’s window before entering the courtroom.
If you chose not to appear before the judge, you may ask the court clerk for a reduction in the fine amount. Court clerks are authorized to use the Violations Bureau Order signed by the judges to reduce fine amounts. Clerks can review your driving record and reduce the fine based on a schedule set by the judges. Clerks cannot consider your explanation. Clerks are available during the Court's hours of operation.
- You can send the full fine amount to the Court; no reduction will be given. This can be done by signing the back of the citation at Option 2, mailing a check or money order, or using the online payments available on this website.
- You can send the full fine amount and a letter of explanation. The full amount of the payment will be receipted and the letter given to the judge. The judge will review the letter and will determine a reduction that will be refunded to you. This can be done by signing the back of the citation at Option 2, mailing a letter along with a check or money order, or using the online payments available on this website.