Municipal Court Information

February 16, 2022 Jury Duty has been cancelled.  There is no need for jurors to report.

It is the obligation of the defendant to ensure that the court has the correct contact information on file.

The Municipal Court is located at 100 W Main Street, Royse City, Texas. The Municipal Court is a Court of Record, established in accordance with Chapter 30 of the Texas Government Code. The Municipal Court hours are 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

Municipal Courts are the judicial branch of the city government. In addition, the Municipal Court is part of the state judicial system. Municipal Court hears Class C Misdemeanor criminal cases, including traffic violations, for which the maximum fine, upon conviction, does not exceed $500, and for which no jail sentence may be assessed. They also hear cases involving a violation of city ordinances, which may have fines up to $2,000 for certain offenses. The Municipal Court also entertains civil abatement and property hearings.

When you receive a citation, the options you have to resolve your case can vary depending on many different factors including, but not limited to: the type of violation, the severity of the offense, the age of the defendant, etc. The first thing you will need to do is enter a plea on or before your appearance date. Once you announce your intended plea, you may be scheduled for a court date, or you may have the option of disposing of the case without appearing in open court. If your situation allows you to resolve the matter without appearing in open court, you may pay the fine, provide proof for compliance dismissals, or you may be eligible for an alternate sentencing option such as deferred disposition or a driving safety course.

General Procedures

The Role of the Municipal Court in the City Government

Court Appearances

The law requires that you appear in person or by mail or pay the fine and court costs on or before your court date. If you were issued a citation, you are required to appear within 15 days from the date you received the citation. If you have been released on bond, you are required to appear in court on or before the 10th day following your release (weekends and holidays not included in the 10 days) or the date specified in your bond. You or your attorney may appear in person in open court or by mail. A telephone call will not constitute a court appearance, grant you additional time, or preserve your rights.

Your first appearance is to determine your plea. If you waive a jury trial and plead guilty or nolo contendere (no contest), you may talk to the judge about extenuating circumstances. Appearance by mail is considered timely filed with the clerk of the court if the document is deposited with the United States Postal Service in a first-class postage prepaid envelope, properly addressed to the clerk, on or before the appearance date. If you plead not guilty, a pre-trial hearing will be scheduled. Absent the entry of a plea bargain at pre-trial, a trial date will be scheduled. You may request a trial by a jury or by a judge.

Dress Code & Rules of Decorum

The Municipal Court is a court of law and proper dress and decorum will be observed.

Proper Attire is required. No shorts, flip flops, tank tops, midriffs, or torn clothing shall be permitted. If you appear in an improper dress you may be prevented from entering the courtroom and if you miss your court appearance date, a warrant may issue.

No use of cell phones is permitted while in the courtroom. Your phone will be confiscated if it is used during the court session and there may be a fee to have it returned. Use of the cell phone may also constitute direct contempt of court which is punishable by a fine not to exceed $100 and up to 3 days in jail.

The following is posted in compliance with Texas Government Code § 37.003:
Lists of Attorneys Ad Litem, Guardians Ad Litem, Mediators, and Guardians.

  • All attorneys who are qualified to serve as an attorney ad litem and are registered with the court: None.
  • All attorneys and other persons who are qualified to serve as a guardian ad litem and are registered with the court: None.
  • All persons who are registered with the court to serve as a mediator: None.
  • All attorneys and private professional guardians who are qualified to serve as a guardian as defined by Section 1002.012, Estates Code, and are registered with the court: None.