MUNICIPAL COURT

Office Hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The City of Cottonwood Shores Municipal Court processes Class "C" Misdemeanor offenses only. These offenses consist of moving and non-moving traffic violations (such as speeding and failure to maintain financial responsibility) to penal code violations (such as public intoxication, theft less than $50 and assault by contact). These offenses also include violations of city ordinances (such as junk vehicles, animal violations and excessive noise).

Most cases filed in the City of Cottonwood Shores Municipal Court are filed by the Cottonwood Shores Police Department, Cottonwood Shores Animal Control and Cottonwood Shores Code Enforcement.

A ticket or citation (sometimes a report is received and a complaint is generated to summons a person to appear in court) is issued by an officer, and a copy of the ticket is filed in the Cottonwood Shores Municipal Clerk's Office. The ticket is entered, and the defendant (the person to whom the ticket was issued) is to appear at the clerk's office by the date written on the ticket. If a person wishes to pay the fine, he/she is allowed to do so without appearing (all city code violations must appear before the judge for sentencing). If a person wishes to appear before the judge, he/she is placed on an arraignment docket and is summoned to appear before the judge.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Municipal Court provides judicial processing of citations. The Court has jurisdiction over criminal offenses punishable by fine only including:

This jurisdiction only covers offenses which occur within the territorial limits of the City of Cottonwood Shores, Texas.