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Civil Assessment faq

Why do I have to pay Civil Assessment?

If you do not pay your fine on time, an extra fee may be added to your fine amount and your case may be referred for collection.

California law permits the Court to impose a civil assessment fine against any individual:

  • who fails, after notice and without good cause, to appear in court for any proceeding, or
  • who fails to pay all or any portion of a fine ordered by the Court

The civil assessment amount is imposed in addition to, and separate from, any fine connected with a traffic citation.

For more information, see the Traffic page on Failure to Appear or Pay Violations.


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