Municipal 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 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Fridays of each month beginning at 9:00 a.m. Each month, Pretrials are scheduled at 2:00 p.m. on the 2nd Friday, Juveniles are scheduled for at 3:00 p.m. on the 3rd Friday, and the Attorney Dockets are scheduled at 1:00 p.m. on the 4th Friday. Jury Trials and Non-Jury (Bench) Trials are scheduled throughout the Month according to the number of cases.
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 a pretrial conference with the prosecutor prior to setting your jury trial or your non-jury trial. Also, if you wish to plead not guilty, you may do so prior to your arraignment setting in person, by mail or fax. This will cancel your arraignment and a pretrial date will be issued.
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.