Court & Detention Services


You have 31 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 31 days, you are subject to added fines, fees, and possible warrants for your arrest.

Civil Citations


Click on the link for information on the following:


About Civil Citations


If the person charged is a corporation or a business entity, the corporation or business entity must be represented by an attorney.

Mailing in or making an online payment of the penalty amount will not prevent citations from being issued in the future if violations continue on the property. Please note that a lawsuit requesting injunctive relief may be filed against the person charged is such person fails to take all actions necessary to remedy the ordinance violation(s) on the property. This suit would ask the court to order that the property be brought into compliance with the Dallas City Code. Also, note that the City of Dallas may seek civil penalties of up to $1,000 per day for each violation.

Dallas Municipal Court provides various ways for you to make a payment on your citation. Read below for details on payment options for online, phone, retail store, mail, and in-person. Civil citations are NOT eligible for payment plans online. 

I hereby understand that case payment will result in a waiver of a jury trial and a finding of guilty, which may be reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety in accordance with Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Art. 27.14(c). The defendant also waives the right to receive discovery from the State, Art. 39.14. 


To review citation(s), status, or balances (Click Here). Example: (C12123456 Do not enter the dash) (Warrants will appear in red)





Paying Civil Citations 


I understand that by paying the fine and costs online:

    •  A plea of No Contest and a disposition of Guilty will be entered on my case.

    • Making a payment after court hours, on weekends and holidays, will not post in the system until the following business day.

    • Verify payments made by calling 214-670-0109, or Citation Search. Please allow time for the amount to process.

    • Failure to make arrangements by the due date may result in added fines, fees and possible warrants for your arrest.


Online


Online options are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays. You may pay by debit or credit with a MasterCard or Visa.





Online transactions have a Convenience Fee. This fee covers the cost incurred by the City of Dallas to permit the offer of an online option for your convenience.  Individuals who wish to avoid this fee may handle their case by mail, in-person with the Municipal Court at 2014 Main St. or the Marshal's Office at 1600 Chestnut St.



OR



Phone with GovPayNet


Pay by phone with a Debit Card or Credit Card. Cards accepted are Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Call 1-833-256-5997 to speak to a representative from GovPayNet. Customer service representatives are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays and Spanish speaking representatives are available. (Agentes de Servicio que hablan español están disponibles para servirle.)


Phone payments have a Convenience Fee. Individuals who wish to avoid this fee may handle their case by mail, in-person with the Municipal Court at 2014 Main St. or the Marshal's Office at 1600 Chestnut St.



OR



Cash with GovPayNet at a Retail Store


Pay with CASH at one of nearly 27,000 trusted locations in the U.S., which include 7-Eleven, ACE Cash Express, and CVS Pharmacy. Call 1-833-256-5997 first to receive the barcode needed to pay. Customer service representatives are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays and Spanish speaking representatives are available. (Agentes de Servicio que hablan español están disponibles para servirle.) (You will not be able to pay without the barcode from GovPayNet.)

 


Retail store payments have a Convenience Fee. Individuals who wish to avoid this fee may handle their case by mail, in-person with the Municipal Court at 2014 Main St. or the Marshal's Office at 1600 Chestnut St.



OR



Mail 


Dallas Municipal Court 
2014 Main St.
Dallas, TX 75201-4406


Do not send cash by mail. Send only a check, cashier's check or money order made payable to the "City of Dallas" through the mail. To ensure the correct citation is credited, print the citation number on the check or money order.

 

The postmark date on the letter (stamped by the postal service) is the date that the clerks use to note the payment date. The Court recommends mailing certified, but it is not a requirement.

 

To review citation(s), status, or balances (Click Here). Example: (C12123456 Do not enter the dash) (Warrants will appear in red)



OR



In-Person at 2014 Main St. 


Dallas Municipal Court  

2014 Main St.  

Dallas, TX 75201


For hours of operation: (Click Here)


Pay with cash, debit card, credit card, check or money order. Cards accepted are Visa and MasterCard. (No credit card fees when paying in-person at the Municipal Court.) Spanish speaking representatives are available. (Agentes de Servicio que hablan español están disponibles para servirle.)


The City of Dallas Municipal Court does not have free or dedicated parking for the public. Paid parking options include street metered parking, daily lots, and private garages.



OR




In-Person at 1600 Chestnut St. (Detention Center)


Dallas Marshal's Office

1600 Chestnut St. 

Dallas, TX 75226


This office only accepts full payments for:

    • Citation(s) in a warrant status;
    • Citation(s) without a plea entered.

The Marshal's Office is open 24/7, including weekends and holidays. Pay with cash, debit card, and credit card. Cards accepted are Visa and MasterCard. (No credit card fees are charged when paying in-person at the Marshal's Office.) Spanish speaking representatives are available. (Agentes de Servicio que hablan español están disponibles para servirle.)





Civil - Frequently Asked Questions:



I received an administrative civil citation? 


A person who has been charged with a violation through an administrative citation shall answer to the charge by appearing in person or through counsel before the hearing officer, located at 2014 Main Street, Dallas, Texas 75201, no later than the 31st calendar day after the date the citation was issued for a pre-hearing conference with the assistant city attorney. At the pre-hearing conference, only the person whose name appears on the citation or their attorney may request a full hearing (contested hearing). If the 31st calendar day falls on a day when the court is closed, then the person must appear (in person or through counsel) by the next day that the court is open. * If the person charged is a corporation or business entity, the corporation or business entity must be represented by an attorney. 


What are my options? 


An answer to the administrative citation may be made in either of the following ways: 

    • By returning the citation, on or before the 31st calendar day from the date the citation was issued, with the applicable administrative penalties, fees, and court costs, which action constitutes an admission of liability; 
    • By personally appearing, with or without counsel, before the hearing officer on or before the 31st calendar day from the date the citation was issued and on any subsequent hearing date. The person charged in the administrative citation must be present at the hearing and cannot be represented by anyone other than an attorney who has a license to practice law in Texas, which is in good standing. If the person charged is a corporation or a business entity, the corporation or business entity must be represented by an attorney who has a license to practice law in Texas, which is in good standing. 


Can I request an extension over the phone? 


Any request for an extension must be filed in writing with the court clerk’s office and served on the other party prior to the court date.



Will the Code Inspector who issued the citation be present at the contested hearing?


If the person charged fails to make a timely, written request to have the inspector who issued the citation present at the contested hearing, the person charged will be deemed to have waived the right to call and examine that inspector.



What happens if I missed my deadline to appear in court? 


A person who fails to answer an administrative citation is considered to have admitted liability for the violation charged. Upon proof of service by the city, the hearing officer will issue an administrative order of liability and assess against the person charged with the violation an appropriate amount of administrative penalties, fees, and court costs. 



Can I appeal the Hearing Officer’s decision? 


Either party to an action ruled upon by the hearing officer may appeal that determination by filing a petition in municipal court within 31 calendar days after the date the hearing officer's administrative order is filed with the municipal court clerk. An appeal does not stay the enforcement of the order of the hearing officer unless, before the appeal petition is filed, a bond is filed with the municipal court for twice the amount of the administrative penalties, fees, and court costs ordered by the hearing officer.




Walk-In Court (Proof or Plea)


If the person charged is a corporation or a business entity, the corporation or business entity must be represented by an attorney.


This court is available to any person who chooses to resolve their citation(s) through entering a plea of no contest, guilty, or showing proof of compliance.


Walk-in court (proof or plea) is open and accessible to the public as a first come first served docket. Sign-in begins at 7:30 a.m. and court opens at 8:30 a.m. There is a limited number of people that can be scheduled per docket. Once the morning docket is full, you can wait on the 1:00 p.m. docket or come back another day.  Once the afternoon docket is full, you can return another business day to sign up for the walk-in court (proof or plea).


 
Morning Open Court                            Afternoon Open Court

Monday:       8:30 am – 10:30 am            1:00 pm – 3:30 pm 

Tuesday:      8:30 am – 10:30 am             1:00 pm – 3:30 pm & 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Wednesday: 8:30 am – 10:30 am             1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Thursday:     8:30 am – 10:30 am            1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Friday:          8:30 am – 10:30 am            1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

 

Options for the walk-in court (proof or plea) for civil citations


Plead guilty or no contest to the case and choose one of the following options:

    • Compliance / Dismissal proof;  
    • Pay the fine;
    • Request a hearing (**see details below).


Not-Liable


If the person charged is a corporation or a business entity, the corporation or business entity must be represented by an attorney.


Plead not liable and request a hearing.

To set a hearing you must be within the first 31 days of issuance of the citation.  You are only able to request a hearing by mail and in-person at the Court. Live chat, phone, and, email are not valid options.


Any request for the Inspector to be present at a full hearing subsequent to the pre-hearing must be in writing and received by the Municipal Court at least 5 calendar days before the scheduled hearing. Failure to timely request the inspector's presence will waive the right to have the inspector present at the hearing.



Mail: 

On or before the 31st day, you must provide the Court with your request for a hearing.


Dallas Municipal Court 
2014 Main St.
Dallas, TX 75201-4406


What you need to request by mail:

    • Sign the back of the citation for not liable (If you do not have the citation you can write the request on paper with the citation number.)

    • Acceptable form of identification (Defined Here); (Social security cards and selfies (pictures) are NOT valid forms of identification) and

    • Contact Verification Form (Click Here)

The Court uses the postmark date on the letter (stamped by the postal service) as the received date.  Mailing certified is recommended but is not required.


To review citation(s), status, or balances (Click Here). Example: (C12123456 Do not enter the dash) (Warrants will appear in red)


OR


In-Person: 

On or before the 31st day, you must provide the Court with your request for a hearing.


Dallas Municipal Court  

2014 Main Street  

Dallas, TX 75201


For hours of operation: (Click Here)


What you need to bring to the Court:

    • Acceptable form of identification (Defined Here) (Social security cards and selfies (pictures) are NOT valid forms of identification);
    • The citation if you have it. 

The City of Dallas Municipal Court does not have free or dedicated parking for the public. Paid parking options include street metered parking, daily lots, and private garages.



Found Liable at a Hearing:

    • The defendant has a right to appeal a finding of liability to the municipal court before the 31st day after the date this order is filed with the clerk. 
    • If the defendant does not perfect a timely appeal, this order shall become final. Unless this order is suspended through a properly filed appeal including posting a bond with the municipal court for twice the amount of the administrative penalties, fees, and court costs, the administrative penalty must be paid within 31 calendar days after the date entered below. 
    • If the administrative penalty is not timely paid, the City may refer the administrative penalty to a collection agency and the cost to the City for collection services will be assessed as costs and added to the administrative penalty assessed in this order. 
    • The City may enforce this order by filing a civil suit for collection of the administrative penalty and court costs and/or obtaining an injunction to prohibit specific conduct that violates this order or to require specific conduct necessary for compliance with this order.


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