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In accordance with the Governors Emergency Orders and the OCA guidelines for court operations during the declared COVID 19 emergency all court hearings will be conducted remotely when possible. Anyone not having the ability to appear remotely may be allowed to appear in person after contacting the court and verifying their inability to appear remotely. 


REMOTE APPEARANCE
To appear remotely the participant must have access to a computer or smart phone with a camera, microphone and speaker. They must provide the court with both a phone number and email address where they can be contacted and receive a participation code. They will be provided a time that they will be required to join the meeting after which they will be called in the order of appearance. Failure to appear for your scheduled hearing time without adequate reason my constitute Failure to Appear and a warrant may be issued as a result. All participants are required to wear court appropriate clothing and be in a location where they will be able to hear and be heard during the hearing. 

Upcoming ZOOM Court Dates

April 8th - 1:30 pm
April 8th - 3:00 pm
April 13th - 1:30 pm
April 13th - 3:30 pm
April 15th - 10:00 am

VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS:

 

Please log in to your video appearance 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO YOUR SCHEDULED DATE AND TIME. The clerk will also request that you provide a method by which any documents may be sent to you.   The Court prefers to send documents via email, so please provide a valid email address if you have one.  Otherwise, please be prepared to provide a mailing address or a fax number. 


Once you are admitted to the Zoom court appearance, do not leave the virtual court session.  Once your appearance is completed, the Court will terminate your video appearance.  If you leave the virtual court session prior to concluding your appearance, then you will be subject to the consequences of failing to appear.

All rules that apply to in-person court appearances also apply to video court appearances with these additional guidelines:

 

*     Wear appropriate clothing—No tank tops, no pajamas, no hats, no clothing with inappropriate pictures or words.  No face coverings are permitted during video court appearances.

*     Virtual backgrounds are not permitted.  You must make sure that your background is as neutral as possible--no inappropriate pictures or words, no televisions in the background, no other people.  Remember that everyone else in the video courtroom can see you and your background.

*     No distractions should be present during your appearance.  No other sounds should be audible (televisions, music, phone calls, other people talking, etc.), so please find a quiet place to conduct your court appearance.

*     Other persons including children are not permitted to appear with you during your video court appearance.  This means that the Court should only see you and you alone during the video court appearance.  Others may watch you while you make your video court appearance, but they must obey the same rules just as they would in the actual courtroom if they accompanied you to court.

       *     No audio or video recording of the court session is permitted just as no recordings are                       permitted in the actual courtroom during court proceedings.

*     If you need technical assistance prior to or during the court proceeding, you should email the court at:  court@wstx.us  or call 817-246-4971 ext. 218 and ask for assistance.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Municipal Court and its personnel is to provide effective and impartial administration of justice, as prescribed by the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure and the Code of Judicial Conduct, with exceptional customer service while building public trust and confidence. The Municipal Court presides over trials for all Class C misdemeanor Penal Code offenses, Health and Safety Code offenses, Alcoholic Beverage code offense, City Ordinance offenses as well as to preside over administrative and civil proceedings, as authorized by state law. 

The Municipal Court is a Judicial Branch of city government. This Court and its officers are dedicated to the principles of impartiality, fairness, integrity, separation of powers, and judicial independence. These are the principles to which the Court is committed in its role as the Judicial Branch of our local government.

Helpful Links

Texas.gov
Texas DPS Surcharge