About Remote Video Proceedings (RVP)
In a collaborative project with the Cities of Coalinga and Mendota, the Fresno Superior Court is starting Remote Video Proceedings (RVP). This free service is a convenience for motorists cited for traffic violations outside the Fresno-Clovis area and who must travel in excess of ¬†15 miles from the location where they reside to the M Street Courthouse in downtown Fresno, they can appear in traffic court by videoconference from the cities of Coalinga or Mendota. Or, they can still appear in person at the M Street Courthouse, located at 2317 Tuolumne Street in Fresno.
How RVP Works
The City of Mendota will hold RVP for traffic court every Tuesday morning with the City of Coalinga holding remote proceedings every Wednesday morning. These cities will each have a large room similar to a courtroom equipped with wide-screen camera, a large television monitor, and microphones. They will connect by videoconference to a courtroom in the M Street Courthouse with the same equipment. Everyone, including defendants and the judge, will be able to see, hear, and speak to each other through this video connection.
On RVP days, the court will have an employee in Coalinga and Mendota to conduct roll call as well as gather documents from defendants and law enforcement officers. After that, the court will proceed as in a traditional traffic hearing, only it will be held via videoconference. If defendants or law enforcement officers have exhibits that were not submitted earlier, the court employee will scan/e-mail or fax the documents immediately to the judge. The Fresno Superior Court will know in advance if an interpreter is needed and will ensure that one is present in Coalinga or Mendota prior to the start of RVP.
Requesting a Remote Appearance
To request arraignment AND trial on the same day, defendants file a Notice and Waiver of Rights and Request for Remote Video Arraignment and Trial (English form TR-505).
To request RVP for arraignment OR trial on separate days, defendants may file a Notice and Waiver of Rights and Request for Remote Video Proceedings (English form TR-510).
Witness and Citing Officer Appearances
Witnesses testifying in support of defendants must appear at the same locations as those defendants.
In cases in which defendants have chosen to appear remotely, citing officers may attend court in the same locations as the defendants or they can request to appear in the Fresno courtroom by submitting form PTR-506 after receiving their subpoenas. In those cases, witnesses for the citing officers may appear in either location.
It is the Court’s preference that all exhibits intended to be used at the
remote video trial be submitted prior to the hearing date so they will be available at the Court location for the judge’s reference. Defendant and Law Enforcement designee should submit any exhibits he/she intends to use in presentation of his/her case prior to the trial date. All exhibits shall be accompanied by form PTR-507 to assist in identifying the case associated with the exhibits.
Links to More Information and Forms
DEFENDANTS click the links for:
CLICK HERE to see the State Rule of Court for RVP.
CLICK HERE to see the Fresno Superior Court Rule of Court for RVP.
Remote Video Proceedings Frequently Asked Questions
What are the location, days, and hours of operation?
Address: 643 Quince Street, Mendota, CA 93640
Days of Operation: Tuesday
Hours of Operation: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Hours of same day walk-in scheduling: 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Address: 160 W Elm Ave., Coalinga, CA 93210
Day of Operation: Wednesday
Hours of Operation: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hours of same day walk-in scheduling: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
When will the Remote Video Proceedings begin?
The first hearing will take place in Mendota on 04/02/13 and the first hearing will take place in Coalinga on 04/03/13.
What services will be provided in the remote locations?
The RVP locations will provide the following streamlined services:
- Place case(s) on calendar to be heard the same day.
- Place case(s) on calendar to be heard on a future date.
- Obtain general information regarding case(s).
- Provide various forms to be completed and submitted with payment via US Mail.
- Instructions to Defendant for Remote Video Proceedings (TR-500)
- Notice and Waiver of Rights and Request for Remote Video Proceedings (TR-510)
- Notice of Exhibits Associated With Remote Video Trial (FTR-507)
- Request to Appear in Court Instead of Remote Location (FTR-506)
- Court Trial Form (VTR-05)
- TBD Instructions to Defendant (TR-200)
- Request for Trial by Written Declaration (TR-205)
- Request for New Trial (Trial De Novo) (TR-220)
- Information on Appeal Procedures for Infractions (CR-141)
- Notice of Appeal and Record of Oral Proceedings for Infractions (CR-142)
- Proposed Statement on Appeal for Infractions (CR-143)
- Abandonment of Appeal for Infractions (CR-145)
- Application and Order to Vacate Civil Assessment (PTR-25)
- Agreement to Pay and Forfeit Bail in Installments (TR-300)
- Receipt of Trial By Written Declaration Forms on Failure to Appear Case(s)
- One time 30 day extension from initial citation due date.
- One time 30 day extension for the lifetime of payment plan.
Will money transactions be processed at the RVP location?
No. An envelope will be provided; customer will be given 2 weeks to submit payment.
Traffic Clerk's Office
Fresno Superior Court
2317 Tuolumne Street
1100 Van Ness Avenue
Fresno, CA 93721-1220
Fresno, CA 93724-0002
Attn: Traffic Division
Will the $30.00 Time to Pay (TTP) fee be waived to allow the defendant's time to submit payment in full?
Yes, only if customers submit payment within 2 weeks of proceeding.
How will minute orders be provided to the defendants?
The minute orders will be printed and provided to the defendants at the RVP locations.
Are the defendants required to appear in the RVP location?
No, appearing at the RVP location is an option; not a requirement for the defendant.
Can the officer request to appear in court instead of the remote location?
Yes, only if the defendant has requested to appear at a remote location. The officer must submit a (Form# PTR-506). The officer may not appear at a remote location if the defendant has not requested to appear at a remote location.