Municipal Courts Week is prescribed by the 86th Texas Legislature in House Resolution 1658, dedicated to appreciating the contributions that Texas Municipal Courts make to the safety and well-being of our communities. It recognizes the important role of Municipal Courts, the Rule of Law, and the fair and impartial administration for justice. The Municipal Courts and the employees play a critical role in the criminal justice system and the community. One of the main goals is to enhance community livability and safety.
Municipal Court Q&A
Q: What kinds of cases do municipal courts handle?
A: Misdemeanor Class C- Criminal Offenses
Q: What are the most common violations?
A: Speeding, Insurance, Disregarding Traffic Control Device, and Driving While License Invalid.
Q: What kinds of cases go to trial?
A: Any case can go to trial.
Q: Are fines/costs the same in all cities? Who sets them?
A: No, the legislature sets the fine ranges and court costs. The fine amount is assessed by the judge.
Q: Do Judges need additional education after becoming Judge?
A: Yes, judges are required to complete 16 hours of continuing education each year.
Q: Do have to have court experience to become a court clerk?
A: It depends on the organization's qualifications you select to apply to.
Q: Is there a certification court clerks can attain?
A: Yes, Court Clerks can attain Court Clerk Certification Level I, II, and III. Certified clerks are required to complete 12hrs of continuing education each year.
Q: How has COVID-19 affected court operations?
A: Allen Municipal Court hearings are being held virtually for those who would like to speak with the Judge or request a court date and most communication with the court has moved to online requests. At this time, no in-person dockets are being conducted, however, the courtroom is open to the public, subject to COVID -19 protocols, to view all virtual dockets. Visit our website for details.
Q: What types of cases have increased since COVID-19?
A: Assault cases have increased by 49%.
Q: Does the court have information for victims of domestic violence?
A: Yes, Hope’s Door assists families affected by domestic violence.
Q: Where can I go to research Bills and Laws Online?
A: Visit the Texas Legislature Online website.
Q: Does the Court have any specialized dockets to assist individuals with Mental Health or Substance Abuse related issues?
A: Yes, the Judge has created Treatment Dockets for Adults and Juveniles to assist individuals in seeking treatment and recovery from such issues.
Q: How is the Treatment Dockets different from the other dockets?
A: Individuals participating in the Treatment Dockets receive credit toward the fees in their case(s) for participating in treatment related services and therapy. The individual must attend the monthly docket for six (6) months and provide the Judge with an update regarding their participation in the treatment options they have engaged in and satisfy any additional conditions they have agreed to. Representatives from the local mental health authority, LifePath Systems attend the monthly dockets to help facilitate connections with community resources and treatment.
Q: How do I get my case onto a Treatment Docket?
A: Simply make a request online, by phone or in person to have your case(s) set for the next Treatment Docket. During your initial virtual appearance, the process will be explained in greater detail and any questions you might have will be answered.