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The Mission of the Municipal Courts Department is to provide an accessible legal forum for individuals to have their court matters heard in a fair and efficient manner, while providing a high level of integrity, professionalism and customer service.

For general ticket and court information please dial 3-1-1 or 713.837.0311.

Not sure when you are scheduled for court?
Dial 3-1-1 or 713.837.0311 for your court status and details.

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Ticket Payments
The City of Houston Municipal Courts accepts payments in cash, check, money order, ATM debit card, and credit card (American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover).

Defensive Driving
There are two types of Driver Safety Courses (DSC) or "defensive driving" programs available -- Mandatory and Discretionary. DSC and other matters can be processed by placing a call to the Municipal Courts One Call Solution Center at 713.837.0311.

Fines and Fees
If you agree with the violation on the ticket and enter a plea of guilty or no contest, the Judge will find you guilty.
The exact amount of the fine will depend on the violation and other circumstances reviewed by the Judge. You should be prepared to pay the fine at the time you are found guilty.

Other Available Options
If you are having difficulty satisfying your court ordered judgment, please come in and speak with an Annex Court Judge at any of our court locations.

Deferred Disposition
Deferred Disposition is a suspended sentence. On your plea of guilty or no contest, the court will defer a finding of guilt, assess Court costs, and order that you post a bond and comply with certain conditions. You may request Deferred Disposition on or before your first court date in person, by phone, or by mail.

City / HPD Jail Information
First you will need to visit the HPD Jail website at, or call the Houston Help Line at 713.837.0311 to ensure the person is in fact in the City of Houston Jail. A representative from the Houston Help Line can also provide the amount the prisoner owes and/or the bond amount.

Trial Dockets
The week's trial dockets are available online in .pdf format. Click on a week day below to view that particular docket.


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