JOSEPHINE MUNICIPAL COURT

The Court Clerk’s office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Josephine Municipal Court is presided over by the Honorable Judge Terry Douglas and maintained by the Court Clerk, Amy Ashmore. The court was established on  February 22, 2004, under appointment by the Josephine City Council. Municipal courts stem from a long line of local courts that embrace the notion that the preservation of community life and the prevention of lawlessness begins in our own towns and cities.  Josephine Municipal Court has jurisdiction over all class C misdemeanors, which are “fine-only” criminal offenses and ordinance violations within the Josephine city limits. The Municipal Court also has concurrent jurisdiction with the justice courts in offenses occurring within the territorial limits and on property owned by the city in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.
 

Although court clerks are available and trained to provide assistance in the explanation of options and rights in the Municipal Court, they are NOT attorneys and cannot provide legal advice.

Court hearings are held in the courtroom in the Josephine City Hall located at 201 S. Main St., Josephine, TX 75173.

Placement on the docket is by appointment only; please contact the Court Clerk.

The information contained on these court pages is for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice.

COURTHOUSE RULES AND ETIQUETTE

In order to promote professional, safe and proper decorum, the following Courtroom Rules of Etiquette must be observed:

  • Proper dress is required, i.e., NO hats, shorts of any kind, halter tops, tank tops or lewd clothing.
  • NO items with offensive language or pictures permitted.
  • NO offensive language or profanity will be permitted.
  • Cellphone use is strictly prohibited in the courtrooms. Make sure your cell phone is turned off and put away while in the courtroom or conducting court business.
  • Cellphone camera and video use is strictly prohibited in the courthouse.
  • NO food, drinks, candy or chewing gum.
  • NO WEAPONS OF ANY KIND. If a weapon of any kind is brought to the courthouse, you may be asked to return it to your vehicle, and depending on the weapon(s) involved, you may be placed under arrest and subject to criminal prosecution in accordance with Texas law.
  • NO cutting instruments of any type, including knives, scissors or anything with a cutting edge.
  • NO sharp objects, including knitting needles.
  • NO tools of any type.
  • NO aerosol sprays or containers, including mace, pepper spray, hairspray, etc.
  • NO photographic or audio-visual equipment of any type, including cameras, video, audio recorders or players.
  • Stand at least three (3) feet back from the bench when addressing the judge. Do not lean on the judge’s bench.
  • Hands are to be kept in clear view. It is not permitted to have your hands out of view in pockets, under clothing or in any way non-visible to court security.
  • Avoid bringing small children to court. If you must, please monitor their behavior so that they remain seated and quiet at all times. Parents may be asked to leave the courtroom if their child becomes disruptive, noisy or unruly.

ALL PERSONS, PACKAGES, BAGS AND PERSONAL BELONGINGS ARE SUBJECT TO METAL DETECTION WAND, SCREENING AND INSPECTION.

The court reserves the right to amend these general rules.

You must check in at the court front desk prior to entering the court room.

Please be prepared with your driver’s license and proof of insurance listing you as a driver on a currently active policy in hand to be copied.

Deferred disposition is an option available for dismissal of many cases. On a plea of guilty or no contest, at the judge's discretion, you may request deferred disposition. During the deferral period, the judge may require the defendant to pay fines/costs, participate in an alcohol or drug abuse treatment, a tobacco awareness course or alcohol education and/or complete a driving safety course or any other reasonable condition. Upon completion of the deferral period and once satisfactory evidence has been presented to the court, the charge will be dismissed.

If the defendant is younger than 25 years of age and the offense committed is a traffic offense classified as a moving violation, the defendant must complete an approved driving safety course. If the defendant holds a provisional driver's license, he or she must also take an examination with DPS.

You are NOT ELIGIBLE if:

  • You do not have a valid driver's license.
  • The offense was committed in a construction maintenance work zone (472.022 T.C.).
  • The offense involves driving under the influence and consumption with two prior convictions.
  • The offense involves passing a school bus or failing to obey a school crossing guard or officer.
  • You are the holder of a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) now or were at the time of offense.
  • You have had a violation dismissed by deferred disposition within the last 12 months or are currently on deferred for another violation.
  • The offense involves speeding of 85 mph or more over the posted speed limit or in excess of 25 mph.
  • The case is in warrant status.

To request deferred disposition:

To request deferred disposition, you may appear in person or submit the request in writing by mail on or before your due date.

  • Payment in full and proof of a valid driver's license are required at the time of the request for deferred disposition.
  • If you are requesting deferred disposition for a financial responsibility (insurance) charge, you must submit proof of current insurance that lists you as a driver.
  • If you were charged with a violation that falls under the Penal Code or a city ordinance, or if an accident or a non-traffic violation was involved, you may be required to appear before the judge in open court to request deferred disposition.

Application for deferred disposition can be made in person with the court clerk or in writing by notarized request postmarked not later than 20 business days from the date of your citation.

You may be eligible for defensive driving if you were charged with an offense that is in the jurisdiction of the Municipal Court and involves the operation of a motor vehicle that is defined by Section 472.022, TC; Subtitle C, Title 7, TC; and Section 729.001(a)(3), TC. (operation of motor vehicle by minors).

Do not take a driving safety course without first obtaining permission from the court.

Driver Safety Course Eligibility

To be eligible to take a driving safety course or motorcycle operator course for ticket dismissal, you must:

  • Make your request on or before the appearance date on your citation. If you are requesting in writing or mail, you must have your request notarized and postmarked no later than the appearance date.
  • Enter a plea of guilty or no contest and waive your right to a trial.
  • Have a valid Texas driver's license.
  • Present proof of financial responsibility (insurance) that lists you as a driver on an active policy.
  • Not have taken a driving safety course for ticket dismissal within the past twelve (12) months prior to the date of your offense. (Twelve months must pass between the date of the previous course completion and the date of the new offense.)
  • Sign an affidavit stating you have not taken a driving safety course in the last twelve (12) months and you do not have a CDL license.
  • Pay court costs and administrative fee of $129.10, or $154.10 if offense occurred in a school zone.

You are NOT ELIGIBLE if:

  • You hold a commercial driver's license now or did at the time of the citation.
  • You were charged with speeding 25 miles per hour or more over the speed limit or traveling at a speed greater than or equal 85 miles per hour.
  • You were charged with violating one of the following sections of the Texas Transportation Code (TRC):

    . TRC Sec. 472.022 — Construction or maintenance work zone when workers are present
    . TRC Sec. 545.066 — Passing a school bus
    . TRC Sec. 545.401 — Reckless driving
    . TRC Sec. 545.421 — Fleeing or attempting to elude police officers
    . TRC Sec. 550.022 — Accident involving damage to a vehicle
    . TRC Sec. 550.023 — Duty to give information and render aid
    . TRC Sec. 522.003 — Serious traffic violations

Finalize Driving Safety Course

Once you have obtained approval and paid your fees, you must:

  • Take a court-authorized state-approved driving safety class or an online course/safety-belt course, or motorcycle operator course and return all documentation listed below within 90 days.
  • Obtain a 3A certified copy of your driving record from the Texas Department of Public Safety in Austin.
  • Submit to the court by your 90-day deadline:
    • A signed Certificate of Completion from a state-approved driving safety class or online defensive driving safety-belt or motorcycle operator course.
    • A version 3A certified copy of your driving record from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

No extensions to complete the course will be given.

* For defensive driving or deferred disposition, you must contact the court; DO NOT PAY ONLINE. This will result in a conviction.

METHOD OF PAYMENTS ACCEPTED

Please check with the Court Clerk to verify the correct amount owed before paying for your court fees online!  To pay your fine online, please click here.

 

The Josephine Municipal Court accepts cash, check, money order, cashier's check, Mastercard and Visa.

Warrants are only payable by cash, money order, cashier's check, Mastercard and Visa. NO personal checks will be accepted for Warrants.

A 2.6% SERVICE FEE WILL BE ADDED TO ALL CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS.

Contact Us



Mailing Address

City of Josephine
PO Box 99
Josephine, TX 75164

Important Information

You MUST wait three working days from the day you receive your citation before the Municipal Court is able to process any transactions. 

Prior to that time the court may not have your citation and is unable to process any transactions until the original citation is received in the Court.