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Court & Detention Services Court Programs
Pre-trial Hearings and Conferences
Pro se (not represented by an attorney) defendants will first be asked if they wish to set the case for a trial or discuss the case with the prosecutor for a possible resolution.
If the pro se defendant is adamant that he/she wants a trial, the clerk shall set the case for pretrial; otherwise the clerk shall refer the pro se defendant to Proof or Plea Court.
If the case is not resolved at Proof or Plea, the case will be set for pretrial.
At pretrial, the pro se defendant will be informed, via a video presentation, of his/her options to resolve a case.
If the case is not resolved at the pretrial hearing, a trial (jury or before the court) date will be set and placed on a docket.
For cases involving an attorney, this process includes an additional pretrial step that ensures the defendant is present when entering his/her plea.
Proof or Plea Court
The Proof or Plea Court will be open and accessible to the public Monday – Thursday, 8:30 AM -10:45 AM and 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM, Friday 8:30 AM - 10:45 AM, and Saturday 8:00 AM - 11:45 AM. This court is available to any person with a copy of their citation, who wishes to take care of their citation(s) within the first 21 days after receiving the citation and wants to:
(1) plead only guilty or no contest to the case and pay the fine through a straight plea, request deferred disposition, driver’s safety course, a payment plan, or community service or work release; or
(2) show compliance or "proof" on the case by presenting a valid Texas driver's license, proof of insurance or financial responsibility, renewed or valid inspection sticker, or renewed or valid registration.
(3) or plead not guilty and request a court date
Trial Court Date and Time
To set a Court Date, persons must be within 21 calendar days from the date of receipt of the citation.
Trial dates can be requested
in person at the Proof or Plea court at 2014 Main St., Monday – Thursday, 8:30 AM - 10:45 AM and 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM, Friday 8:30 AM - 10:45 AM, and Saturday 8:00 AM - 11:45 AM. You will need to enter at 106 Harwood.
or by mail (postmark on mail request, must be within first 21 days of issuance of citation). If possible please send via certified mail.
You cannot request by telephone, fax or Internet.
Saturday Court will not be open on the following dates: