Past or prospective jurors are NEVER contacted by phone regarding failure to serve jury duty. All communication regarding failure to serve jury duty is done via U.S. mail. Court jury staff or San Benito County Sheriff’s staff will NEVER ask past or prospective jurors to pay a fine or provide financial details including, credit card numbers, bank account, social security numbers or other personal information. Please do not provide this type of information to anyone. If you receive a telephone call, from someone identifying himself or herself as a court employee or an employee of the San Benito County Sheriff’s Department regarding a failure to appear for jury service, THIS IS A SCAM. DO NOT PROVIDE ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION, OR PAY THEM ANY MONEY! If you are contacted, please call the San Benito County Superior Court at 831-636-4057, option 5 then option 2 to speak with a clerk.
Beginning October 1, 2015, the 18-month traffic violator amnesty program authorizes individuals with past-due court-ordered debt related to traffic infractions and owed prior to January 1, 2013, to have their outstanding delinquent debt reduced by either 50 or 80 percent when they meet specified eligibility criteria.
The traffic amnesty program also allows an individual whose driver’s license was suspended as a result of a Failure to Appear or Failure to Pay to reinstate their license. Participants in the amnesty program must agree to pay off the reduced amount or sign up for a payment plan. In the event that individuals do not fulfill the terms of their payment plans, the contract includes authorization for the Franchise Tax Board to implement wage garnishment to fulfill the terms of the agreement. For all participants, the court may charge a $50 amnesty administrative fee to cover upfront costs associated with operating the traffic amnesty program.
For more information regarding the Amnesty Program,