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 and your attorney must appear in person in open court to enter your plea.
WHEN COMING TO COURT PLEASE NOTE: CHILDREN ARE NOT ALLOWED IN COURT.
Arraignment settings are held on some Wednesdays and every Thursday of most months beginning at 8:00 a.m. and Reset Dockets are at 1:30 pm. Pretrials are scheduled at 1:30 p.m. each Thursday of the month. Juveniles are scheduled for arraignments at 1:30 p.m. Parents will be notified by mail of the court date. Everyone that has a provisional license is required to appear in court. 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 on a Thursday, but the dates are to be announced. Non-Jury (Bench) Trials are scheduled at 1:00 p.m. on a Thursday, but those dates are to be announced as well.
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 you to return to a pretrial conference 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 during your initial arraignment or reset court date.
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.
Rules of the Court
In addition to the Municipal Court Local Rules, the standing orders of the Municipal Court regarding attorney docket, beginning as of January 1, 2016, indicate that all pleas and paperwork must be completed and turned in by 10:30 a.m. No pleas will be accepted after 10:30 a.m. Any pleas that do not meet this deadline will be reset to the next available docket.