Municipal Court

Highland Village Municipal Court is currently open to in-person service.  If you need assistance or wish to conduct business with the court, please call (972) 317-3660. 
 
 COVID-19 Update: May 18, 2020
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Pursuant to the directive of the Texas Supreme Court and the Texas Office of Court Administration, in order to prevent risk to court staff, parties, attorneys and the general public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, court hearings in civil and criminal matters may be conducted remotely "by teleconferencing, videoconferencing, or other means." The Highland Village Municipal Court has elected to hold hearings through the use of the Zoom Video Conferencing Software
 
 This process is expected to allow you to have the same service from the court as you would have, had you come to your hearing in person.  The only difference is you will be able to do all of this from your home.

You will need to have a cell phone, computer or tablet that has a camera, microphone and internet or Wi-Fi service.  Before your hearing date you will receive Notice to Appear from the court with all of the information needed to join the meeting. At the time and date of your hearing, from the zoom app or webpage you will click “join a meeting” then enter the Meeting ID number found in your Notice to Appear, and a court staff member will take it from there. 

Please understand that you may be in a waiting room for a period of time before you are brought into the virtual courtroom as there may be other proceedings taking place. If you do not have access to a device that is capable of participating via Zoom please contact the Court to discuss alternatives.

Virtual courtrooms are the same as actual Courtrooms.  Defendants that participate in Virtual Court hearings will have the same legal rights as those that appear in person.  all of the same rules and procedures apply, and recording any portion of the proceeding is strictly prohibited.

Please adhere to the following Rules of Court Conduct and Decorum:

Failure to follow these guidelines will prompt the Court Staff to remove the defendant from the virtual courtroom until compliance is achieved.

  • Proper clothing strictly enforced - Inappropriate attire will not be permitted.
  • Avoid background noise - Ensure your environment is conducive to attend virtually.
  • Avoid Distractions - Minimize any distractions and give full attention to the proceedings.
  • DO NOT record any portion of the proceedings. 
  • Proper respect for the court process shall be adhered to all times.

If you are interested in Defensive Driving, Deferred Disposition or an Extension to dispose of your citation, these options are now available online. Please go to the tab to the left titled, Pay Citation Online, enter your citation number and follow the prompts. Be prepared to upload a photo of your drivers license and insurance. If you have additional questions, please contact the court at 972-317-3660.

Responsibilities


The Municipal Court is responsible for accurate, expeditious service relating to all cases filed in the Municipal Court in accordance with City ordinances and state laws as shown below:

  • Traffic Code Violations
  • State Class C Violations
    • Penal Code (Examples include Theft, Disorderly Conduct, and Assault.)
    • Education Code (Such as Failure to Attend School.)
    • Health and Safety Code (Includes tobacco related cases.)
    • Alcohol Beverage Code (Examples include Minor in Possession and Minor in Consumption.)
  • City Ordinances
    • Animal Violations (Including Animal at Large and Dangerous Dog citations.)
    • Building/Zoning Violations (Such as High Grass and Weeds, Fences, etc.)
    • Permit Violations (Includes Failure to Obtain Permits citations.)

Court Clerk Functions

Various functions of the Court Clerk’s Office include:

  • Processing Tickets
    • Driver's Safety Class
    • Deferred Disposition
    • Time Payments
    • Setting Court Dates
  • Preparing the required state monthly reports.
  • Processing appeal and warrant paperwork as required.