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Parking Adjudication Process

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  • Adjudication: (n) the act of pronouncing judgment based on the evidence presented.
  • Purpose: To provide reasonably quick informal hearings of contested parking violations and to ensure that an individual’s constitutional rights are maintained through access to fair and impartial administrative hearings.
  • Authority: California Vehicle Code 40215 and 40230.

Parking Violations

There are (3) levels to adjudicating parking violations:

  • Level 1 consists of an appeal/administrative review.
  • Level 2 consists of an administrative hearing (personal or written options available).
  • Level 3 consists of a court hearing at Vista Superior Court.

Citation Appeal Process Flowchart

Parking violations are legal documents.  The Parking and Police personnel who write parking citations are mandated to carry out this authority by the California Vehicle Code, the CSU Chancellor's office, and Cal State San Marcos.   

Under no circumstances shall a personal relationship with any officer, public official, or law enforcement agency be grounds for cancellation.

Payment Plans Available

Pursuant to California Vehicle Code and CSU Systemwide policy, payment plans are available for those with multiple unpaid parking citations or at least $200 owed. For more information, please visit the Parking and Commuter Services office located within the University Police building or contact Parking Adjudication at or 760-750-7505.