My question involves traffic court in the State of: California, Los Angeles Superior Court
I got a traffic ticket on September 5th and chose the Trial By Declaration option. I sent in my check, wrote 'not guilty' on the check and waited for what seemed like ages (~8 weeks) to get some acknowledgment from the court. Not being able to speak to a live person, I started to get nervous about when the forms were due. This is my first time doing a TBD. I checked the status of my ticket via www.lasuperiorcourt.org and it had a due date. So even though I had not received anything back from the court, I assumed the due date was the correct date and subsequently prepared my TBD paperwork, and overnighted the package to the court in time. I have confirmation that the package was delivered before the due date (November 16th). Just my luck, literally one day after having sent everything in, I received the paperwork saying that the TBD was due at a later time - it was extended to December 14th.
Since I've sent the paperwork in, I've received no communication whatsoever about the status of my case. I again checked the status of my ticket via the website, and now the status says "court" and has the last action/new appearance date as January 27th. I'm really worried as to why the status says "court" and not "TBD" as it said previously. I would appreciate some insight as to how long it takes to hear back from the court on the decision regarding the TBD. I would also appreciate some input about whether I am expected to appear in court on January 27th. Please advise. Thanks.