Preparing for Court

Court Appearance

If a citizen who receives a citation chooses to appear in court, in lieu of paying the citation beforehand, or citizens receiving citations that have a mandatory court appearance must appear at municipal court at least ten minutes before the scheduled court time.

Persons attending court should dress appropriately. If at all possible, arrangements should be made for child care in advance. Food and drink are not allowed in the court room. All persons entering the court room are subject to search by the court bailiff. With the exception of certified law enforcement personnel, weapons are not allowed in the building. For complete courtroom rules and etiquette, click here.

If a defendant cannot appear for a court setting, he or she is required to appear in person to reschedule their court date.