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Riverside Superior Court joins other courts in offering online citation payment. 

MyCitations will allow people to also ask for a reduction due to inability to pay, payment plans, extensions and community service alternatives, according to the court’s April 24 release.

The program was brought by a 2021 California budget act. It was piloted in Fresno, Monterey, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Shasta, Tulara and Ventura counties in 2020.

Forty-eight counties currently use the program. San Bernardino County and the remaining counties are expected to join by June 30.

Prior to 2021, only traffic infractions could be paid online, according to a 2022 report on the pilot program. Individuals would have to pay in full, or appear in court.

In 2022, 2.6 million infraction cases were filed in California Superior Court, accounting for over 80% of all criminal filings in California are infraction filings, according to a 2024 report on the service.

In 2023, 61,351 people used the program to pay an average amount of $231, and a total of $14,000—with $16,000 forgiven.

The bill that authorized the program’s expansion, 2021’s AB 143, was introduced by the Committee on Budget. The bill also reframed courts’ public work projects, combined funds and created a committee to review the Commission on Judicial Performance. It passed the Assembly 60-11, with eight assembly members not voting.

Assemblymembers Kelly Seyarto (R-Murrieta) voted no, and Chad Mayes (I-Yucca Valley) did not vote. It passed the Senate with unanimous support.

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