Malibu Courthouse Location
The Malibu Courthouse is located at 23525 Civic Center Way, Malibu, CA 90265. The Malibu courthouse is located in the heart of Malibu just south of Pepperdine University. And yes, I know what you are thinking, this is where the celebrities go when they get in trouble. The Malibu traffic court has been home to some of the more colorful arrests over the years including a very famous drive home from Moondoggies by a Mr. Mel Gibson. The Malibu court has recently been the victim of the county budget crisis and the small courthouse is getting smaller as a few of the courtrooms are now “dark” every day of the week. While Pacific Coast Highway and the celebrity scene at the Ralphs make for a fun day of people watching, inside the court it’s county business as usual. Our slow, inefficient system of justice for alleged criminal and traffic offenders churns along.
JULY 2013 MALIBU COURTHOUSE UPDATE: MALIBU COURTHOUSE IS NOW CLOSED. ALL SIMPLE TRAFFIC TICKET MATTERS HAVE BEEN REASSIGNED TO SANTA MONICA COURT. THIS INCLUDES SPEEDING TICKETS, RED LIGHT CAMERA TICKETS, SEAT BELT TICKETS, CELL PHONE TICKETS, ETC. ALL CRIMINAL MATTERS, INCLUDING MISDEMEANOR TRAFFIC OFFENSES SUCH AS DUI, DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE, DRIVING WITHOUT A LICENSE AND HIT AND RUN HAVE BEEN REASSIGNED TO THE VAN NUYS COURTHOUSE. SANTA MONICA WILL ALSO BE HANDLING ALL UNLAWFUL DETAINER OR EVICTION CASES OUT OF THE MALIBU DISTRICT AS WELL. SO IF YOU AREN’T PAYING THE RENT ON YOUR $20,000 A MONTH BEACH HOUSE, GET READY TO BE SERVED WITH PAPERWORK TO DRIVE TO THE SANTA MONICA COURTHOUSE. SMALL CLAIMS CASES FROM MALIBU ARE HEADED TO THE INGLEWOOD COURTHOUSE, AND CASES OF LIMITED CIVIL JURISDICTION DRAW THE SHORT STRAW AND GET TO DRIVE TO THE CHATSWORTH COURTHOUSE.
Malibu Courthouse Traffic and Criminal Clerk
The clerk at the Malibu courthouse is notoriously busy. Lines can be upwards of an hour most days of the week. The biggest challenge with the Malibu’s clerks office is that there is one window for everybody and everything. Traffic and criminal share the same line. Most courts will have a giant line for traffic and a much smaller line for criminal, but in Malibu, it’s all one line. The traffic clerk’s office includes both the court clerks as well as the dreaded collection agency of GC Services for those unfortunate enough to have a failure to appear or FTA which may be holding or suspending your California Drivers License or even an out of state license. For many people, the visit to the courthouse starts with waiting over an hour in line, only to be told when your reach the clerk that you actually need to go the window behind the glass doors to deal with GC Services.
Malibu Courthouse Parking
One benefit to making the drive out to the Malibu courthouse is free parking! Free parking at the Malibu court is available in the lot surrounding the building. After court, you can visit the Starbucks in Malibu colony and watch the children of your favorite celebrity play on the swings with a nanny nearby. If you have a DUI or criminal case in the Malibu courthouse, a warrant, or traffic cases in collections, it may be cost effective to send a lawyer on your behalf. A lawyer experienced in traffic and criminal law can often save enough money to cover their own fees, saving you time, effort, and damage on your record. There are rumors that the Malibu courthouse will be closing soon and the court was listed on a recently published list of LA county courts expected to shut down due to budget problems. Only time will tell if the Malibu courthouse will actually close, or if this is just a classic case of government puffery to obtain funding.