Coming to Court
Please note that you will pass through the court security check point. This includes searches of strollers, bags, purses, briefcases and any other personal items as required by security personnel. These security measures are in place to ensure the safety of all persons who enter the courtrooms.
The following items are prohibited in the Baytown Municipal Courtrooms and should be left in your vehicle
- Cell phones, cameras, tape recorders, or other mechanical recording devices
- Any type of weapons, including mace and tasers
- Any sharp objects, including knives, tweezers
- Beverages containers or food
Pursuant to the authority of Art. 45.203(b) of the Texas Code of Criminal Regulations
- All Persons appearing for court must be present at the time specified by the Court or a failure to appear may be rendered on the late party. Court check-in begins 30 minutes prior to the time indicated on your notice.
- All persons shall dress appropriately for all Court proceedings
All persons shall follow the courtroom rules below:
Face Masks recommended.
Maintain 6 feet for social distancing.
No Cellphones, or recording devices in the court room.
No food, beverages, or gum allowed in the court room.
No smoking, vapes, and/or tobacco products allowed.
No loud talking during the court session.
Minimize items brought into court to decrease contact between each person.
Rights as a Defendant
You have many rights as a defendant at a Municipal Court:
- Under our American system of justice, all persons are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty.
- The State must prove your guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt” of the offense with which you are charged.
- Every criminal defendant has the right to remain silent and refuse to testify (without consequences).
- You have the right to retain an attorney and have them try your case or answer your questions.
- Since offenses in this court are punishable only by fine and not by incarceration, you do not have the right to appointed counsel.
- You have the right to a jury trial. You may waive a jury trial and have a trial before the judge, commonly called a “bench trial.”
- If you elect to represent yourself, no person other than an attorney can assist you during a trial.
If you need the services of an interpreter, please notify the court clerk prior to your appearance in court.
Note: The Municipal Court does not answer any legal questions of any nature. The court personnel are only allowed to explain court proceedings and procedures. If you need legal advice, please contact an attorney.