Local court to offer video proceedings
NEEDLES — It’s not Judge Judy, but Needles residents may participate in limited proceedings via video from the Needles court beginning July 7. Cases will be heard once a month by a judge sitting in the Barstow District of the Superior Court of California County of San Bernardino. Initially, hearings will be for infractions: traffic or otherwise. More services are to be added as resources become available.
“Bringing video court proceedings and other services to Needles will save countless hours of travel time and increase convenience for Needles residents,” San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chair Robert A. Lovingood said. “We have long advocated at the state level for increased services for Needles. It’s great to see this new development and the focused, ongoing effort of restoring more services for the community of Needles and surrounding areas.”
Residents will also be to conduct some business through the court clerk’s office in Needles, which is to open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. Services are to include non-cash payments, registration for traffic school, payment extensions and court date scheduling. The Needles court and clerk’s office are housed in the city/county complex, 1111 Bailey Ave. at J Street. Call the Executive Office at 909-708-8746 for details.
The Victor Valley Transit Authority’s Route 200 bus service from Needles is to continue to operate each Friday, allowing personal appearances in the Barstow court.
“The ongoing collaboration between the San Bernardino Superior Court, Needles City Council members and (Dist. 1 Supervisor and Board Chair) Lovingood represents a continuing effort to restore services that were reduced or eliminated due to budget cuts over the last several years,” the county court’s office reported in a prepared statement.
The court in Needles reduced services after the 2008 recession; then closed entirely in May of 2013.