**The Municipal Court will be closed on Mondays' until further notice beginning May 28, 2018**
The Bridgeport Municipal Court is a non-court of record and is the Judicial Branch of city government. The court conducts adult and teen court hearings and is dedicated to providing to all citizens, other departments, and entities a fair, independent, and impartial forum for handling fine-only cases arising within the city limits of Bridgeport.
The Municipal Court follows the procedures set forth under Texas Law and provides all persons the right to trial by judge or jury. Although every person has the right to be represented by an attorney, most citizens who appear in the Municipal Court represent themselves.
Court Appearances & Pleas
If you were issued a citation, you must make an appearance to determine your plea in person or by mail within 10 calendar days of the date of the violation. Please note that a telephone call does not constitute an appearance. Please consider each plea before making a decision:
- Plea of Not Guilty means that you deny Guilt, and that the state must prove the charge that is filed against you. If you wish to contest your case and see the prosecutor you must appear in person before the Bridgeport Municipal Court to request a court date and make a plea. At the time of your court date you will have your opportunity to offer explanations or defense in regards to your citation to the prosecutor. At that point you will have the option to proceed with a trial.
- Plea of Guilty means that you admit the act is prohibited by law, that you committed the act charged, and that you have no defense or excuse for your act.
- Plea of Nolo Contendere (no contest) means that you neither admit to or deny the charge, but do not wish to contest the State's charge against you. Within municipal court, a plea of no contest has the same lefal effect as a plea of guilty. A plea of nolo contendere cannot be used against you in a civil suit.
If you fail to appear either in person or via mail as provided by law additional penalties may occur, such as:
- increased fine amounts.
- Additional costs and fees, as required by law. Examples of additional costs and fees include a $25 time payment fee, $50 warrant of arrest fee, $30 driver's license renewal fee, and a collection fee that increases the balance owed on the case by 30%.
- The issuance of a warrant of arrest.
Help for Self-Represented Litigants
The public has access to helpful tools for self-representation, as directed under Texas Senate Bill 1911, effective September 1, 2017.
To determine the amount of your fine, contact the Municipal Court Clerk at (940) 683-3420, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed for lunch from Noon to 1:00 p.m.) Payments of cash, credit card, or money order are accepted. Money orders should be made payable to Bridgeport Municipal Court. Be sure to include your name and citation number on your payment.
The court has a 24-hour payment drop box located in the back of City Hall, located at 900 Thompson Street. You may also mail your payment to:
Bridgeport Municipal Court
900 Thompson St.
Bridgeport, TX 76426
Municipal court has jurisdiction over minors (age 17 or younger) charged with Class C misdemeanor offenses, Public Intoxication (age 17-20), Possess / Consume Alcohol (under age 21), and Possession of Tobacco (under age 18).
All minors must appear in open court with their parent for all court proceedings in their case. Minors who fail to appear or who fail to pay their fine will be reported to the Department of Public Safety who will suspend their driver's license. Minors who do not have a driver's license will not be able to obtain one until their case is resolved.
Warning: A child and parent required to appear before the court have an obligation to provide the court the current address and residence of the child.
The court complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If you require special services (sign interpretative services, alternative audio / visual devices) or if you do not speak or understand English and need an interpreter, please request this before your court date. To make arrangements, call (940) 683-3420.