Catalina Courthouse Location
The Catalina Courthouse or the Los Angeles Superior Court in Avalon California is located at 215 Sumner Avenue, Avalon, CA 90704. The freeway access is poor but there is zero traffic getting to this courthouse! Parking is not a problem at the Catalina Courthouse, especially if you are in a golf cart. This courthouse has a grand total of one courtroom. According to the county’s website they have departments for traffic, criminal, civil matters, small claims, and an informal juvenile court. The Catalina Courthouse is known for only being open on certain days of the week and even the operating days are known to have limited hours. There are rumors that the Catalina courthouse could close in the near future due to LA county court budget issues.
JULY 2013 CATALINA COURTHOUSE UPDATE: THE CATALINA COURTHOUSE IS NOW PARTIALLY CLOSED. ALL MATTERS FROM THE CATALINA COURTHOUSE WILL NOW BE HEARD DURING A SESSION TO BE HELD EVERY OTHER FRIDAY. SIMPLE TRAFFIC MATTERS FOR NON RESIDENTS OF CATALINA ARE NO LONGER HEARD AT THE CATALINA COURTHOUSE. THESE MATTERS ARE NOW HEARD IN THE LONG BEACH COURTHOUSE.
Who goes to the Catalina Courthouse?
If you are local on the island, you are happy to have the Catalina Courthouse. Having a local courthouse means that you can avoid a boat ride to take care of your legal matter. If you ran into some legal trouble while on vacation in Catalina, the opposite is true. You are facing a boat ride back to the island to return to the Catalina Courthouse to take care of the problem you picked up on vacation.
The California lawyers we speak with report the most common calls for issues at the Catalina courthouse are related to a vacation arrest. These include traffic court issues, arrest for drunk in public or DUI, and incidents of domestic violence. If you are facing a vacation arrest and you don’t want to return to the island to deal with your legal troubles, you may want to consider retaining the services of a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney. Under California law, an attorney can appear on your behalf at the Catalina courthouse for any misdemeanor charge pursuant to California Penal Code Section 977(a).