The Municipal Court serves to ensure that the day-to-day operation of the judicial branch of city government is carried out in a professional and efficient manner. The Judge is appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the City Council, and serves on a part-time basis. The Court tries matters such as violations of traffic code, maintenance code and other ordinances.
In order to provide for the efficient collection of fines and costs assessed by the municipal court, the city has established the Violation Bureau. The Court Administrator operates this bureau and administers the day-to-day record keeping functions of the court.
Court dates and trial docket dates are set in general as the following (although the schedule may change to accommodate holidays or other conflicts):
- Sentencing dockets are held on the second Monday of the month.
- Code enforcement dockets are held on the first Thursday of the month.
- Trials are held on the fourth Monday of the month.
- Traffic court and ordinance violations are generally held on the second and fourth Thursday of the month.
The Violations Bureau is open for payments from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. On court dates, payments are accepted until noon.
Anyone with questions concerning the Municipal Court may contact the Court Administrator at email@example.com or call (314) 738-2284.
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