Appearing in Court

Arraignment
The first appearance in court in response to receiving a ticket is for purposes of arraignment. This is a formal process by which the defendant is advised of their rights along with other information concerning options that may be available to them. Defendants will be given notice of the charges that have been filed against them and then a plea will be entered on each case. The plea will determine what further action may be taken.

If a defendant wishes to pay the fine or request permission to take a driving safety course and he is eligible, he may appear on or before his court date, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Angleton Municipal Court and the paperwork may be processed at the clerk's window. Online requests will be available soon, please check out the Municipal Court Payments.

Defendants 16 years of age or younger must make a formal court appearance in front of a judge with a parent or legal guardian.

Times & Fees

Arraignments are held on scheduled Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning at 8:30 a.m.,  please see Court Dockets for dates. Payment of any fines assessed are due and expected to be paid at the time the plea is entered if arrangements are not made in court.

Courtroom Security
A metal detector may be in use. Do not enter the courtroom with any knives or weapons. Also, purses, backpacks, etc. are not allowed in the courtroom. You may bring your checkbook, wallet, and any other pertinent paperwork (driver's license, insurance card, vehicle registration, etc.) with you in the courtroom.

Dress Code
Appropriate attire is required in the courtroom. You are expected to act and dress properly and follow the rules of the court. Certain articles of clothing, such as shorts, tank tops, halter tops, caps / hats are not permitted. Please wear appropriate clothing when you appear in court. Failure to do so may result in you being held in contempt of court.