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.

City of Dallas Marshal & Detention Center


The City of Dallas Marshal's Office performs the law enforcement responsibilities of The Municipal Court of Dallas. The Dallas Marshal's was first created in 1856. 

These responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Cash and surety bond processing for defendants currently in custody 24/7;   

  • Civil process; 

  • Execution of class C arrest warrants; 

  • Illegal dumping enforcement;  

  • Operate the City Detention Center; 

  • Provide security for Dallas Municipal Court operations; 

  • Provides housing for persons arrested for public intoxication;  

  • Serving summons and subpoenas issued by the Dallas Municipal Court;  

  • Transporting prisoners being held on the City of Dallas Class C warrants. 

Annual Traffic Contact Data Report:

2016 Annual Traffic Contact Data Report - Dallas Marshal's Office.pdf