Court ProceduresCourt Procedures

Court Procedures

You have legal responsibilities, which by law, require you to make an appearance on your case.  Your appearance date is noted on your citation, bond, summons, or relase papers.  You or your attorney may appear in person in open court, by mail, or you may deliver your plea in person to the court.


Arraignment settings are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of most months beginning at 8:00 a.m. and Reset Dockets are at 2:00 pm. Pretrials are scheduled at 3:00 p.m. each 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 3:00 p.m. Juveniles are scheduled for at 2:30  p.m. on the 2nd Thursday of every other month. The Attorney Dockets are scheduled at 8:30 a.m. on the 2nd Thursday of the month. We will notify those attorneys by fax of those new dates. Jury Trials and  are scheduled according to the number of cases, usually on the fourth Thursday of every other month. Non-Jury (Bench) Trials are scheduled at 1:00 p.m. every other month on the 2nd Thursday of the month.

Your first appearance is to determine your plea.  If you make a plea of guilty or no contest (nolo contendere), you are waiving your right to a trial.  You may then speak with the judge about extenuating circumstances that you want the judge to consider when setting your fine.   The judge may take this into consideration but the judge is not required to reduce the fine amount.  Prior to pleading Guilty or No Contest, you may wish to read the ‘Plea’ information.  If you plead not guilty, the court requires two pretrial conferences with the prosecutor prior to setting your jury trial or your non-jury trial.  You have to appear in open court to enter a Not Guilty plea.

If you require legal advice or questions about your best course of action, how you should plea, your rights, or the consequences of a conviction of the violation, you must contact a licensed attorney.  Neither the clerk, judge nor prosecutor can give you legal advice.


All juveniles are required to appear in open court for all proceedings in their case(s).  The parent/guardian of any juvenile charged in municipal court is required to be present in court with his or her child.

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