If you wish to contest your ticket:
- You must enter a plea of Not Guilty
- This can be done on your initial court date (the court date on your ticket.)
- This can also be done any time that the Clerk of Court office is open prior to your initial court date.
- Your initial court date will not be your trial date.
- The Clerk of Court staff will set a trial date.
- The Court will automatically issue a subpoena to the police officer or person who filed the charge.
- If you want a witness to come to court for the trial, you must file a request with the Clerk of Court for a subpoena to be issued. This request must be filed at least seven days prior to the trial.
- When you appear on your trial date you do not need to check in with the Clerk of Court office. You will simply need to sign in on the sign-in sheet in the courtroom. Your name will be called when the Court is ready to hear your case.
The trial process is:
- Opening statements by both sides.
- The prosecution presents its case.
- You will be given an opportunity to cross-examine any prosecution witnesses.
- You will present your defense.
- The prosecution will be given the opportunity to cross-examine any defense witnesses.
- Each side will then present a closing argument.
- The Mayor then makes a finding of guilty or not guilty.
- Court costs are only assessed if you are found guilty.