Court & Detention Services

You have 21 days from when the citation was issued to appear. You may make your appearance online, by mail, by telephone, and in person. Live Chat and email do not satisfy an appearance. If you fail to make your appearance within the 21 days, you are subject to added fines, fees, and possible warrants for your arrest. Civil citations have 31 days to appear. If you are unsure which type of citation you received, you can contact the Court before the 21 days expires to verify.

About the Court

About the Dallas Court:

Local Rules for the City of Dallas Municipal Court 


Department of Court & Detention Services provides administrative and clerical support for the Dallas Municipal Court System, which adjudicates Class C misdemeanors and fine only offenses. We provide service online, by mail, phone, a select retail store and in-person.  

The City of Dallas Department of Court & Detention Services is the Official Clerk of the Court of Record. The department is responsible for overseeing:

    • Municipal Court administrative;

    • Clerical functions;

    • The Dallas Marshal's Office;

    • The City Detention Center; 

    • The incarceration of City of Dallas prisoners at the Dallas County Lew Sterrett Justice Center Facility;

    •  School Crossing Guard Program; and

    • City Security. 


The City of Dallas Municipal Court created in 1899 in response to a state law requiring cities to institute a judicial branch of local government to address violations of city ordinances. It has jurisdiction over minor criminal cases and some civil cases. From 1899 until 1904 it was presided over by the mayor before a full-time judge was appointed. In 1941 a second court was created by the Dallas City Council, and due to expanded operations, a third court created in 1955. Today, the Municipal Court has eleven courts, five community courts, and around 130 employees.