Municipal Courts are the judicial branch of city government. In addition, the Municipal Court is part of the state judicial system. Municipal Courts hear Misdemeanor criminal cases, including traffic violations, which is punishable by fine only, and for which no jail sentence may be assessed. They also hear cases involving violation of city ordinances.


Court of Record

Addison Municipal Court is a court of record. All pleadings must be in writing. Proceedings are governed by the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure and Chapter 30 of the Texas Government Code. 
When you receive a citation, the options you have to resolve your case can vary depending on many different factors, including but not limited to: the type of violation, the severity of the violation, the age of the defendant, etc. The first thing you will need to do is enter a plea. Once you enter a plea, you may be scheduled for a court date, or you may have the option of disposing of the case without appearing in open court. If your situation allows you to resolve the matter without appearing in open court, you may pay the fine, provide proof for expired violations or insurance matters, or you may be eligible for an alternative sentencing option such as deferred disposition or a driving safety course.
Addison Municipal Court maintains a Safe Haven policy whereby you can come to the court to work out your issues without fear of being arrested at the Court. If you are unable to pay the fine and cost for any reason you should come to court to explain those reasons to the Judge. A form is attached to provide information to the Judge which will be considered in determining whether you should pay. YOU NEED TO FILL OUT THIS FORM PRIOR TO SEEING THE JUDGE