Municipal Court

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Operational Changes

Starting May 18, the municipal court lobby will reopen to the public for over-the-counter transactions. Social distancing protocols, sanitation, and other mandated guidelines will be observed to ensure the safety of the public and the court staff.

We strongly encourage you to consider using our no-contact options. You may be able to take care of your citation or cases without entering the court facility. Some citations or charges may not be qualified for online requests.

What can you do online?

  1. Case Information - Get information about the status of your case.
  2. Citation Options - Check your options.
  3. Driving Safety Course - Request, if eligible, to take a Driving Safety Course.
  4. Deferred Disposition - Request, if eligible, for Deferred Disposition (Probation).
  5. Online Submission - Submit a document, request a court appearance or reset a scheduled court date.
  6. Online Payment - Make a payment.
If you are a juvenile, or have been cited for an alcohol or tobacco-related offense, or charged with assault family violence and have not entered a plea, you are required by law to personally appear in court. Please verify the status of your case.

Hearings and Mandatory Court Appearance

All defendants, jurors and witnesses set for an appearance, hearing or trial will appear virtually. In-person courtroom proceedings are not occurring at this time.

Do you wish to appear sooner?

Virtual Court, a new service for our court, allows you to appear before the judge or prosecutor about your case. The court will begin scheduling remote sessions by May 25. If your case is scheduled for appearance at a future date and would like an opportunity to resolve it through the Virtual Court, let us know by completing this form.

About Allen Municipal Court

The Allen Municipal Court has jurisdiction over Class C Misdemeanor criminal cases committed within the city limits in which the punishment upon conviction is fine only (not to exceed $500) and no jail sentence may be assessed. The court may also hear cases involving a violation of city ordinances relating to fire, safety, zoning, public health or sanitation which may have fines up to $2,000.00 for certain offenses.

Responsibilities of the court include collection of fines and court costs, processing citations and complaints, maintaining accurate records of all cases and dispositions and the timely reporting of required statistical data to the appropriate state agencies.

The Municipal Judge may issue search and arrest warrants and performs the duties of a magistrate including the arraignment of individuals that were arrested and detained at the Allen City jail.

The Municipal Court does not have jurisdiction in most civil cases but have limited civil jurisdiction in cases which involve owners of dangerous dogs.

Did you receive a citation? First, you must make an appearance at the municipal court within 20 working days of the issuance date of the citation and inform the court of how you want to proceed with your cases. Appearance can be through counsel, by mail, online or in person. Your options for resolving your case can vary. Click on the Citation - How to Handle link to learn more.

Notice: Nothing contained herein is intended to be nor should be construed as legal advice and should not be relied upon as such.