Municipal Court

COVID-19 INFORMATION:

The court lobby is open to the public; however we are limiting the lobby to 1 (one) person/group at a time.  Our goal is to continue to protect the public and encourage social distancing.  

If you are over age 65 or have serious underlying health conditions, such as high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune systems are compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer or other conditions requiring such therapy, you are considered to be part of the vulnerable population and can be excused from appearing in court in person on your case and if necessary, receive other accommodations on your case.   If you have other medical conditions or circumstances not here listed that you believe places you in the vulnerable population please contact the court staff to discuss and request that your case be set to a future date or disposed of through the use of virtual meeting through the Webex platform. 

 

The Municipal Court is the first level of the judicial branch of government.

The jurisdiction of the Midlothian Municipal Court includes class C misdemeanors occurring within the territorial limits of the City of Midlothian. 

The court and all support personnel shall provide equal and impartial justice under the law and process each case efficiently, without delay or unnecessary expense.

In addition, it is the mission of this division to provide a friendly environment responding to the needs of all persons with whom we come in contact.

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Municipal Court Hours:


Monday - Friday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday/Sunday - Closed

Occasionally, the court must close during the lunch hours.
To confirm, please call the court.

Court Telephone Number:

972-775-8932

Court Email:    You MUST receive approval from the court before submitting documents by email.

Available Payment Methods:

Cash, Money Order or Cashier Check, and Credit Card Label

The Court is closed for the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • President’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day


Presiding Judge:  Kent Traylor
Court Administrator:  Renee Moses

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Google Map as of Oct 2019


Municipal Court Physical/Mailing Address:

1150 N. Highway 67, Suite 200
Midlothian, TX 76065

The Municipal Court is located in the Law Enforcement Center located on the one-way frontage road of Highway 67 and 9th Street; behind Wells Fargo Bank.

Please take the sidewalk parallel to highway 67.  After entering the first set of double doors, take a left and go through another door.  The office is the first door on the left.



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Court Appearance

State law requires you to make an appearance on your case.  Your appearance date is 20 business days from when you received the citation, or it is marked on the bond or summons paperwork.  Appearances, must be made in person or in writing (juveniles have separate rules for appearances).  Telephone contact is not considered an appearance and therefore is not sufficient.  Your first appearance is to determine your plea. 

Most violations can be taken care of at the court window Monday-Friday 8:00AM- 5:00PM.  If you feel that you must speak to the Judge about something specific, you must appear by the answer date on citation to set up a hearing.  If a defendant fails to respond to his/her charge on or before the appearance date on the ticket, additional fees and charges may be filed, your Texas driver’s license may be suspended or denied, and an arrest warrant may be issued. 

Pleas

Not guilty- A plea of not guilty means that you deny guilt and require the State to prove the charge. A plea of not guilty does not waive any of your rights.  A plea of not guilty does not prevent a plea of no contest/guilty at a later time.

Guilty - Means you admit that you committed the criminal offense charged.

No Contest - Means you do not contest or dispute the State’s charge against you. 

If you plea no contest or guilty, you will be found guilty and should be prepared to pay the fine.  A plea of no contest or guilty waives all rights. 

Notice of Alternatives to Full Payment of Fines or Costs

The judgment and sentence for the offense for which you are charged, is the payment of a fine and cost.  If ordered to pay a fine and cost, and you cannot pay, notify the court immediately.  If you are determined by the court to have insufficient resources or income to pay, the court is required to provide you other ways to discharge the fine and costs.

Trials

The law requires you to make an appearance on your case.  Your appearance date is noted on your citation, bond, summons or release 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. (Juveniles have separate rules for appearance).

You have a right to a trial by jury.  You may waive a jury trial and have a trial before the Judge.  A plea of not guilty means you deny the charge.  If you plead not guilty, the court will schedule a trial date.  If you choose to have the case tried by a jury, the court will schedule a pre-trial hearing prior to your case being set for a jury trial. 

You may be able to have your case dismissed by taking a Driving Safety Course (DSC) or Deferred Disposition (probation). You should also note that requests for DSC or probation must be made prior to trial and will not be granted after a finding of guilt at trial.  For additional information on Driving Safety Course and Deferred Probation, please refer to that section on the court website.   

Self-Help Resource  

Texas State Law Library


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You must respond within 20 business days from the date you were issued the citation/ticket.  For the Citation Fee and Fine Schedule, please click here.  Failure to respond may result in a warrant being issued for your arrest and denial of your driver’s license.  A telephone call is not considered a response.  Click on "Learn about my options"  for additional information.


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Participants/Defendants will be respectful to the judge, court staff and others in the courtroom. In fairness to everyone having their case heard, it is important to minimize the noise in the courtroom.  If you are causing a disturbance, you may be asked to leave the courtroom. 

The items below are not allowed in the courtroom:

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All persons shall dress appropriately for all court proceedings.  Inappropriate attire includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Shirts with offensive, vulgar, racist, sexist, obscene or suggestive wording
  • Shorts or cut-offs
  • Hats or sunglasses except with permission of the Judge.


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