My question is about traffic court in California, LA County to be specific. The cite was issued in Granada Hills for a 22349 violation.
An informal discovery request for officers notes and traffic survey data was submitted by mail to the citing officer's LAPD station address and the DA at:
District Attorney's Office
County of Los Angeles
210 West Temple Street, Suite 18000
Los Angeles, CA 90012-3210
About 9 days into the 20 day time limit, the DA responded with a 2-page letter citing some case-law and other legalease. The last paragraph states "Based on decisions in Carlucci, Daggett and Kottmeier, the Los Angeles County District Attorney adopted a policy of not appearing on traffic infraction matters. Consequently, we are not the proper party to process your discovery request. Instead, we suggest you send your request to the issuing agency."
No surprise there, that was expected.
At 19 days into the limit the citing agency's chief of police sent a letter saying "Your request was forwarded to my office from the Los Angeles Police Dept's Valley Traffic Division. ... I am unable to comply with your request. In accordance with Penal Code Section 1054, pre-trial discovery must be requested from the prosecutor. Therefore, your request has been forwarded to the City of Los Angeles, Office of the City Attorney, Pre-Trial Discovery Unit, at the address listed below. They are the entity that processes all requests for pre-trial discovery information related to this case."
So, it's more than 20 days since the discovery request was sent, and none of the information requested has been received. About 25 days remain before a decision on plea is due. One extension request was made already.
"Fight your ticket and win in California" has a section for a motion to preclude the officer's use of notes and traffic survey data when the information is not provided within the 20 day limit (for mailed requests, 15 for hand delivered). I'm not sure this situation falls into that category.
What are the next steps?