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You are presumed to be innocent under our system of justice until proven guilty. You may enter one of three pleas:
If your plea is "not guilty," your case will be set for trial.
If you enter a plea of guilty or no contest, you will be fined or sentenced immediately.
The Municipal Court does not appoint defense counsel. That is your responsibility if you desire to have an attorney represent you. You are not required to have an attorney in a court trial but may represent yourself if you desire. No one else may represent you in Municipal Court.
You may, by giving notice to the Municipal Court Clerk, at least 10 days prior to your trial date, to request a trial before a jury.
Yes, you will be able to testify, hear all testimony introduced against you and have the right to cross-examine all witnesses who testify against you. You may also subpoena witnesses by requesting the Municipal Court Clerk, at least 10 days prior to your trial date, to subpoena these witnesses. If you personally testify, you will give up your right not to testify and will be subject to cross-examination by the City Attorney.
Yes, you can pay online.
The United States Constitution and the Texas Constitution guarantee all people, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, or economic status, the right to trial by an impartial jury. Justice ultimately depends to a large measure upon the quality of the jurors who serve in our courts.
As a juror, you must be fair and impartial. Your actions and decisions must be free of any bias or prejudice. Your actions and decisions are the foundation of our judicial system.
You were selected at random from a list of voter registrations and a list of driver registrations from the county in which you live.
You cannot serve on a jury if:
If you are in doubt, or think you may not be qualified to serve on a jury for one of the above or any other reasons, please notify the judge.
You are entitled to be excused as a juror if you:
There are two basic types of cases:
Yes. You will be paid a minimum of $6 for each day you actually serve on the jury.
Your employer is not required to pay you while on jury duty; however, employers are prohibited by law from firing an employee for serving as a juror.
Any person charged with a criminal offense or any party to a civil case has a right to a jury trial. All parties are equal before the law and each is entitled to the same fair treatment.
Cases will usually be heard by juries of 6 or 12 jurors. A larger group, called a panel, will be sent to the trial court (courtroom) where the jurors will be questioned under the supervision of the Judge. A juror may be excused from the panel if it is shown that the juror cannot act impartially concerning the case to be heard. In addition, each side is allowed to remove a given number of jurors from the panel without having to show any reason. The trial jury will be the first 6 or 12 of the remaining jurors on the panel.
It is a way for the parties to select a fair and impartial jury. Under the justice system, you may be questioned by each of the lawyers before they decide to remove a certain number of jurors from the jury panel. For example, the lawyer may ask you questions to see if you are connected to the trial or if you have any prejudice or bias toward anyone in the trial. These questions are not intended to embarrass you, but rather to help the lawyers in the jury selection process. You may ask the Judge to allow you to answer some questions away from the other jurors.
After you have been selected as a juror on a trial panel, if you have a special need or an emergency, tell the bailiff.
Permits are required before work is started in order to give the inspection personnel an opportunity to review the plans and correct any inconsistencies with the city codes before the work is started. Correcting errors after the work is completed is much more costly then correcting them on the proposed plans. Visit our Inspections and Zoning Information page for more information. For information about applying for a permit, please visit the Building Department Forms page.
Governmental regulation of building construction, maintenance and use is a natural consequence arising from centuries of experience in all civilized lands, of tragedies brought about by fire, collapse and panic. Read more about codes compliance benefits on our Code Enforcement page.
The inspection of work regulated by the codes is necessary to give the city an opportunity to assure that the work, when completed:
Visit our Inspections & Zoning page for more information.
The regulations of building and construction through codes is not a new idea. Historians have found regulations of building construction as far back as the Babylonian Empire of Hammurabi, about 1700 B.C. through Nero's Rome and into 12th century Europe, in England in the 1600's and in America, as soon as urban life indicated the need. Read through the city Code of Ordinances online.