Appearing in Court

If you have a public offense case, you either:

  1. Signed a promise to appear (a ticket or agreement to appear on your "own recognizance," called an "O.R.")
  2. Posted bail, or
  3. Received an appearance notification letter from a public prosecutor.
  4. You must report to the court on or before the appearance date and time on the notice or bail receipt.

To confirm your hearing date and time:

  1. Check the online Criminal Court Calendar

If your name is on a calendar, go directly to the courtroom.

If you cannot find your name on a calendar, report to the Criminal Division office. Provide any paperwork (ticket, bail, receipt, O.R. agreement, or appearance letter) given to you about your case. Also be prepared to provide the following information so the counter person can provide you with quality service:
  1. your true name
  2. the name you used when arrested (if different)
  3. your birth date
  4. your driver's license number

Personal Apperances Required for Department 14 PPH Calendar
In March of 2020, and in response to the global pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus, the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court issued orders authorizing superior courts to extend the time in which to conduct certain judicial proceedings. These orders included extending the time limitations on preliminary examinations.

Consistent with these orders, the Kern County Superior Court allowed 30 court days - from the arraignment on a felony complaint - to conduct a preliminary examination (the “30 day Rule”). This change provided continued access to the criminal justice system throughout these unprecedented times. In conjunction with the 30 Day Rule, the Kern County Superior Court also allowed for an expanded use of California Penal Code section 977. This expanded use allowed attorneys to appear for clients without strict compliance with the code. This practice also provided continued access to the criminal justice system. Often, the attorneys themselves were allowed to appear telephonically. An accommodation that further allowed access to the criminal justice system. On March 3, 2022, and in response to the changed circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chief Justice issued new orders that modified or rescinded her previous orders (the “March 3 Orders”). Included in the March 3 Orders are instructions related to the modifications of the timing for preliminary examinations. As of April 30, 2022, the authority authorizing the 30 Day Rule terminated. The time for a preliminary examination set forth in California Penal Code section 859b (10 court days) controls (the “10 Day Rule”). Defendants arraigned on a felony complaint after April 30, 2022 are entitled to a preliminary examination within 10 court days of that arraignment. In addition, because Judicial Council’s Emergency Rule 5 ends on June 30, 2022, beginning July 1, 2022, strict compliance with California Penal Code section 977 is required. This will require most defendants to make a personal appearance at the pre-preliminary hearing. If there is a question regarding a particular defendant’s compliance with the requirements of California Penal Code section 977, the default position shall be a personal appearance by the defendant. Also beginning July 1, 2022, the expanded use of telephonic appearances for pre-preliminary hearings will cease. Beginning July 1, 2022, telephonic appearances on the pre-preliminary calendar will not be allowed without the express approval of the judicial officer hearing the matter. In all other matters, a personal appearance by an attorney authorized to represent the defendant or the People for all purposes shall be required.