Exhibits are documents or objects produced by a party in an action for identification and may be admitted into evidence during a trial or hearing. Once the trial or hearing is concluded, the court may order the exhibits to be released to counsel or self-represented parties, or parties may stipulate to the return of exhibits pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 1952 - external link or Penal Code sections 1417 - external link through 1420 - external link.
Exhibits are maintained in several locations throughout the Sacramento Superior Court. The Traffic Division maintains exhibits submitted during Traffic Court Trials.
Notice to Destroy Exhibits for Trials Held 2/1/2008 - 12/31/2019
Notices regarding the court’s intention to destroy exhibits are currently being sent to anyone who appeared for a traffic trial between 2/1/2008 and 12/31/2019, regardless of the outcome of that trial or if an exhibit was submitted. The notice provides each party with 30 days in which to submit a request to have the exhibits they submitted returned to them.
If you submitted exhibits at a traffic trial between 2/1/2008 and 12/31/2019 and you would like them returned to you please complete the Application and Order to Withdraw Exhibits within 30 days from the date of the letter to CMJCexhibits@saccourt.ca.gov.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why have I received a letter regarding destruction of evidence?
Between 2/1/2008 and 12/31/2019, you received a traffic violation scheduled to be heard in front of a judge. You may have presented evidence submitted to the court as exhibits at that time. This notice informs you that the court intends to destroy the exhibits introduced at trial and provide you with an opportunity to request the evidence prior to destruction
Does this letter mean my case is not resolved?
No. The notice you received doesn't change the status of your case.
Does this notice mean I have exhibits or submitted exhibits to the court?
No. The court is notifying everyone that had a traffic case scheduled for trial between 2/1/2008 and 12/31/2019. This notice doesn't confirm or guarantee that you do have exhibits.
How can I view my exhibits?
At this time, you cannot view your exhibits; however, if you would like to retrieve your exhibits, please complete the Application and Order to Withdraw Exhibits.
How will I receive my exhibits?
Once your Application and Order to Withdraw Exhibits is processed and granted, all exhibits that you submitted at your trial will be mailed to you at the address indicated on your application.
I did not submit exhibits; what do I do?
There is nothing you need to do. If you did not submit exhibits, you do not need to contact the court.
I don't want my exhibits; what do I do?
There is nothing you need to do. If you do not want your exhibits, you do not need to contact the court.
I received a Notice, but the person doesn't live at this address.
Please follow your local postal procedures for misdelivered mail: https://faq.usps.com/s/article/How-is-Undeliverable-and-Misdelivered-Mail-Handled - external link