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A CJER Online Course

One of the most common ways for the public to interact with the court system is through traffic cases. This online course will teach you the basic law and procedure for hearing infraction and misdemeanor cases on a traffic calendar. Like small claims proceedings, traffic cases require extra attention because the individual parties are often self-represented.

Learning Goals

Online Coursework Credit

Minimum education requirements, expectations, or recommendations, including fairness and access 3
Special education requirement—family n/a
Special education recommendation—juvenile n/a
Qualifying judicial ethics n/a
DV component
Temporary judge training 3
MCLE Credit
Legal Ethics n/a
Elimination of Bias n/a
Substance Abuse /
Mental Illness

As a result of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe how to take a plea or conduct a trial by declaration
  • Explain the mandatory insurance law
  • Describe the use of the notice to appear citation
  • List available steps when a defendant fails to appear
  • Recite general advisements at arraignment
  • Explain basic trial procedures, including use of police reports, speed trap evidence, and engineering surveys
  • Describe the basics of sentencing and court-ordered traffic school
  • Identify basic fines, penalty assessments, and fees from the Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedules
  • Contrast procedures for juvenile traffic offenses
  • List examples of when you or the DMV may suspend or revoke a license
  • Describe the use of a settled statement on appeal

We estimate that this traffic course will take three hours to complete, depending on your experience. You may take the course in more than one session but make a note where to restart.

This course contains various activities and quizzes. These are training exercises for your own practice only; no record is made of any of your responses to the course activities or quizzes.

Your feedback is valuable and will help us develop future courses. After finishing this course, please take a few minutes to complete the evaluation form. After completing the evaluation, you may print a certificate of completion. This course will help satisfy your continuing education needs.

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To begin the course, click the forward arrownext page below, or roll your cursor over any lesson title above and click on any drop-down section title

This course covers legislation, rules, and cases
through January 1, 2013.


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