Needles, CA: Ribbon cutting ceremony held celebrating the restoring of some court services to the Needles Courthouse.

Needles, CA: Ribbon cutting ceremony held celebrating the restoring of some court services to the Needles Courthouse.

A ribbon cutting ceremony restoring limited court services to the community was held on Friday, July 7th, 2017 inside the Needles Courthouse in Needles, California.

Dignitaries and officials from the City of Needles, County of San Bernardino, law enforcement and Superior Court all attended the ribbon cutting ceremony.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was there at the ribbon cutting ceremony and went Live at ZachNews on Facebook.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Honor Guard began the ribbon cutting ceremony and Court Executive Officer Nancy CS Eberhardt from the San Bernardino County Superior Court welcomed everybody to the ribbon cutting ceremony.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s John McMahon and Presiding Judge Hon. Raymond L. Haight III from the San Bernardino County Superior Court spoke during the ribbon cutting ceremony about what this means for the community and what’s next in the goal to bring back the Needles Courthouse back to what it was along ago.

Afterwards, officials from the City of Needles, including Needles City Council Member Louise Evans, Needles City Council Member Tona Belt, and Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, join San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s John McMahon and Presiding Judge Hon. Raymond L. Haight from the San Bernardino County Superior Court to officially cut the ribbon and the slow return of court services, with hopes for the future of bring back all of the court services for the community who have to drive far to take care of court related matters.

In a press release from the Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino, effective Friday, July 7th, 2017, the San Bernardino Superior Court will open limited service in Needles, California for members of the public to address traffic and non-traffic infraction matters.

In addition, remote video proceedings will be supported by a judge sitting in the Barstow District.

This will allow residents to appear at the Needles District located at 1111 Bailey Avenue in Needles, California for remote appearance on traffic and non-traffic infraction arraignments.

Additional services will be provided gradually as resources become available.

The Victor Valley Transit Authority (V.V.T.A.) Route 200 will continue to make one round-trip each Friday, departing from Needles, California traveling to Barstow, California in the morning and returning to Needles, California in the afternoon for those individuals who wish to appear at the Barstow District.

This ongoing collaboration between the San Bernardino Superior Court, Needles City Council members and Robert Lovingood, San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor, represents a continuing effort to restore services that were reduced or eliminated due to budget cuts over the last several years.

For more information, please contact the Court Executive Office at: 1 (909) 708-8746.

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