The Judicial Department
The Judicial Department is comprised of six full-time judges and five part-time judges who oversee the adjudication process in the courtrooms of the Municipal Court. They conduct court arraignments where defendants make their initial pleas. Judges preside over bench trials, jury trials, contempt proceedings, indigent hearings, pre-trials, motion hearings, show cause hearings, animal hearings, property hearings and other court proceedings.
The judges also perform magistrate functions at the Detention Center. The magistrate functions include administering warnings to those arrested, setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, search warrants, and summonses.
The Administration Department
The Municipal Court is committed to providing excellent customer service. The Municipal Court provides knowledgeable, educated staff that serve customers with excellence in their responsibilities of collecting fines, fees, and state costs; filing citations; court scheduling; issuing, tracking, and clearing warrants; maintaining the juror database; updating court records; reporting collections, convictions, and statistical data to appropriate state agencies and city officials while maintaining a high degree of honesty and ethical standards.
Collections & Compliance Section
- Facilitates collection efforts
- Seeks compliance
- Processes applications for community service and payment plans
- Administers the call center
- Performs citation entry and prepares complaints
- Schedules trials and hearings
- Processes judicial orders in the courtroom
- Prepares jury notices, subpoenas, etc.
- Receives and processes payments and customer requests
- Accepts and files motions
- Checks-in customers for court
- Prepares warrants and notices
- Serve subpoenas and warrants
- Pursues and arrests those who have failed to appear in Court when notified
- Oversees security services, providing a safe environment for the Judges and the City Court staff
Magistration & Detention Center
- Magistrate services and processing those arrested by the police, until released or transported to the county jail