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Parking Adjudication Process

Parking Adjudication Process

This page is to familiarize the campus community to the procedures of the Adjudication process. 

Citation Appeal Process


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.

There are (3) levels to adjudicating parking violations:

  • Level 1 consists of an appeal/administrative review completed by Adjudication.
  • Level 2 consists of an administrative hearing completed by a qualified hearing examiner (mediator).
  • Level 3 consists of a court hearing at Vista Superior Court.

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.