For regular court sessions, please plan to arrive well before the beginning of the session. When you arrive you will be checked in by Court personnel. If you plan to plead “Guilty” or “No Contest” for a single moving traffic offense and pay the fine and costs immediately or within thirty (30) days or are eligible and plan to request Deferred Disposition or the Drivers Safety Course you will see the Clerk. If you are planning to plead “not guilty” you will see the Prosecutor. If you have multiple offenses, no insurance, no drivers license you will see the Judge.
All cases are called on a first come first served basis. At the appropriate time you will be called to the window, the prosecutor’s office or the Courtroom. If due to a heavy volume the Judge is not able to see a defendant during the regular court session, the defendant will be rescheduled to an Overflow docket.
Before entering the secure areas of the Court, turn off all cell phones and pagers. You may not talk on a cell phone, play electronic games, listen to music via headphones, read newspapers, magazines or similar materials in secure areas or the Courtroom. Do not bring food or beverages into the secure area or the Courtroom.
Because of the delays caused by the heavy caseload, it is strongly suggested that you not bring small children to Court. If you must bring small children to Court, you are expected to see that they remain quiet and well behaved. If children cannot remain quiet and well behaved, you will be asked to leave the courtroom with your children and your case will be placed at the end of the docket or rescheduled to another day.
Defendants under sixteen (16) years of age must appear with a parent or legal guardian. Parents can be compelled to attend their child’s court sessions. Although parents may not act as a representative of the juvenile or enter a plea for the juvenile they will be allowed to stand before the bench and confer with the juvenile during most court proceedings.