Court Rules


Please Read Before Your Court Date

You must have your driver's license and motor vehicle insurance with you to present to the court. If you have additional documents that you want the judge to consider, you must have them with you on your scheduled court date. The judge will not consider any evidence that is not validated, corroborated or verified by written documentation.
Uncontested Docket

At this docket, you will discuss with the judge your request for deferred disposition, driving safety course or payment options.

Pre-Trial Hearing

At this docket, you will have an opportunity to have a conference with the prosecutor to request a plea bargain or to request discovery in your case. Discovery is all the documents, items and information regarding your case that is in the possession of the State.

Discovery Docket

At this docket, the prosecutor will show you the information or items regarding your case that is in the possession of the State.

The Trial Docket

A trial in municipal court is a fair, impartial and a public trial as in any other court, see courtroom rules for trial. You have the following rights in court:
  1. The right to have an attorney represnt you; the municipal court is not required to appoint an attorney for you;
  2. The right to have a notice of the complaint not later than the day before any proceedings;
  3. The right to inspect the complaint before trial and have it read to you at trial;
  4. The right to have your case tried before a jury, if you so desire;
  5. The right to hear all testimony introduced against you;
  6. The right to cross-examine witnesses who testify against you;
  7. The right not to testify, if you so desire; if you choose not to testify, your refusal to do so may not be held against you in determining your innocence or guilt;
  8. You may call witnesses to testify on your behalf at trial and have the court issue a subpoena (a court order) to any witness to ensure his or her appearance at trial. The request for a subpoena must be in writing, directed to the Clerk of the Court at least three weeks prior to your trial date and you must give the name, current address and telephone number of each witnesswho you want subpoenaed.
      • If you are convicted at trial or plead guilty or no contest, you may appeal
      • If you choose not to appeal, be prepared to pay a fine and cost.
      • If you are acquitted (found not guilty), there are no costs.


Continuances

If you need to request a continuance to have your case reset to another date, you must put the request in writing stating the reason for the continuance and mail, fax or deliver in person the request to the court. The request will be submitted to the judge to determine if your continuance will be granted. If you do not submit your request in writing according to the schedule noted below, your request will not be granted.
  • If you have an uncontesed docket hearing, pre-trial hearing or a discovery docket scheduled, you must submit your request to the court two days before your scheduled date.
  • If you have a trial before the judge scheduled, you must submit your request to the court two days before your trial date.
  • If you have a jury trial scheduled, you must submit your request to the court three days before your trial date.

If you decide that you do not want to go to court, you can pay the fine before your court date, by mail, in person, on-line or by phone (800-444-1187).

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GENERAL RULES OF ATTIRE AND CONDUCT IN COURT

All people in the courtroom must be dresses appropriately and respectfully.
If you are not dressed appropriately, you will be asked to leave. You will be rescheduled for another court appearance and directed to dress appropriately.
Unacceptable attire includes but is not limited to:

  1. Shorts and cut-offs
  2. Muscle shirts, clothing with offensive, vulgar, racist, sexist, obscene, or suggestive words, slogans, depictions, or pictures including grotesque creatures
  3. Mini-skirts or halter-tops
  4. Clothing that is dirty, torn or ragged
  5. Clothing that is too tight or too short
  6. Hats


CONDUCT IN COURT:
Pro se parties (individuals representing themselves without an attorney) should be prepared to present their cases in a proper manner. The Court cannot protect or represent you, nor may the Court instruct you on proper court procedure, evidence, rules, or how to present and prove your case. If you are unprepared, unaware, unknowledgeable about how to present your case, you may lose.
1. Be on time. The courtroom will open 30 minutes prior to docket call.
2. Do not argue with the Court. However, you should always seek to correct any factual misunderstanding.
3. Address the Court as “Judge” or “Your Honor.”
4. Address opposing parties, counsel, witnesses, and Court Officers as “Mr.,” “Mrs.,” “Miss,” “Officer” and so on. Do not use first names, except with children 14 years of age or younger.
5. Do not read newspapers, magazines, books or any similar item in the courtroom during proceedings.
6. Do not talk at the same time as the Court, counsel, witnesses or other court personnel.
7. Racist, sexist, obscene or profane language or gestures are prohibited unless it is pertinent to a case and is elicited and quoted from facts in the case.
8. Do not enter and depart the courtroom excessively.
9. Do nothing to disturb or distract the court, counsel, witnesses or court personnel. If a child becomes noisy, you should remove the child from the courtroom until that situation is resolved.
10. Do not approach the Judge’s bench or Clerk’s desk without permission. Remain one foot from the Judge’s bench. Do not rest arms or hands on the bench.

11. Leave all purses, bags, brief cases and other similar items, at the defense table when you are called to the Judge’s bench.

12. Have all paperwork, Driver’s License, Insurance, evidence and similar items ready when called to approach the Judge’s bench.

13. Rise when the Judge enters and remain standing until the Judge or Bailiff announces, “Be seated,” or until the Judge is seated. Rise when the Judge exits the courtroom.

14. No food or drinks are allowed in the courtroom.


MUTE ALL PHONES AND PAGERS WHILE IN THE COURTROOM.
NO PHONE CALLS ALLOWED IN THE COURTROOM.