Municipal Court


Description

The Fredericksburg Municipal Court is responsible for the adjudication of all Class C misdemeanor offenses cited or filed by the Fredericksburg Police Department or City Code Enforcement, which includes offenses under the Transportation Code, Penal Code, Education Code, Health and Safety Code, Alcoholic Beverage Code, and violations of City Ordinances.



The judiciary is made up of a Presiding Judge and Associate Judge. The Judges preside over all initial appearance dockets, show cause dockets, pretrial hearings, bench trials and jury trials. The Presiding Judge serves on a four-week rotation with the District Court Judge and County Court at Law Judge as the reviewing Judge for warrants presented during the week, after hours and weekends. The Presiding Judge also serves on a five-week rotation with county Justices of the Peace as magistrate for individuals arrested by the Fredericksburg Police Department, Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office and State law enforcement officers. As a magistrate, the Presiding Judge and is on rotation for Emergency Mental Health Detentions during the week, after hours and weekends.



The Municipal Court Clerk serves as the administrative arm of the Municipal Court. The Clerk’s duties include but are not limited to: timely and accurately processing of case documents that are filed; responses to requests for information from defendants or members of the public; collection of assessed fines and costs; and efficient docketing of cases.


Goals and Objectives

  • Provide equal access to justice for all those who come before the Court
  • Preserve judicial independence
  • Provide excellence in service
  • Maintain the public’s trust and confidence in the Court

In order to meet these goals, we will

  • Ensure that Court rules and procedures comply with due process, equal protection, and sound public policy

What we accomplished in 2022-2023

  • The Municipal Court was designated as the Truancy Court for Fredericksburg Independent School District, establishing jurisdiction over children in school attendance cases. As the truancy court, programs are continually being developed to assist students with attendance, tutoring and credit recovery.
  • The Municipal Court offices were renovated to include an onsite courtroom to increase access to the court for the community, increase efficiency in the disposition of cases and comply with best practices for court security.
  • Completed annual staff education requirements and certifications ensuring current knowledge of both law and procedural issues that are applicable to the Court.
  • Continued revision of forms and procedures to clarify information, making the forms easier to read and understand for the public and allowing the Court to process cases in a more efficient manner.

What we plan to accomplish in 2023-2024

  • Transition to a Court of Record to provide additional resources to the community.
  • Design and implement a Juvenile Diversion Program for juveniles charged with Class C misdemeanors.
  • Continue monthly reviews of all active and inactive cases on the court’s docket to ensure disposition of all cases.
  • Implement additional technological capabilities to provide a user-friendly system for the public.
  • Ensure proper data entry for Office of Court Administration reporting requirements.
  • Meet the annual education and certification requirements and engage in updated court administrative software training.
  • Educate the public on the functions of the Municipal Court.

Fiscal Year 2020-2022 Police and Parking Fines included under Police Revenues. Change in Fiscal Year 2023 including fines in Municipal Court Revenues.

Municipal Court Department Staffing [employee headcount by job title]



Municipal Court Department Organizational Chart