Celebrate Municipal Courts Week Nov. 5-9

Fort Worth Municipal Court will observe Municipal Courts Week at the A.D. Marshall Public Safety Building, 1000 Throckmorton St., and Southwest Municipal Court, 3741 S.W. Loop 820.

The event will run during normal court business hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Nov. 5-9.

Municipal Courts Week is proclaimed by the 85th Texas Legislature to appreciate the contributions that Texas municipal courts make to the safety and well-being of communities.

The court will celebrate the success of its ongoing Safe Harbor initiative, meaning that residents visiting the Municipal Court locations will not be arrested for outstanding Class C warrants issued by the Fort Worth Municipal Court.

The public is welcome at any of the events held during the week, including an open house, community engagement activities, educational opportunities and staff appreciation events. Court staff will be available to answer questions about the court’s role in the community. Free traffic safety materials and other items will be given away.

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New chat option optimizes Municipal Court customer service

The Fort Worth Municipal Court is piloting AliveChat, an industry leading chat product, beginning March 30. This new feature will enhance the web experience for residents.

The Fort Worth Municipal Court is piloting AliveChat, an industry-leading chat product, beginning March 30. As part of the court’s website, the chat will provide residents with a convenient way to connect with Municipal Court instantly – by simply clicking a button on the Municipal Court pages on a desktop computer or mobile device.

A court team member will be available to assist the public during regular business hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday). Outside of business hours, residents will have the option of leaving their email address and questions for court staff to respond the next business day.

Municipal Court is excited to provide another way to connect with constituents, by enhancing their web experience.

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Cowboy Santas scramble Dec. 2 at three municipal golf courses

Help provide a meaningful Christmas for underprivileged kids by playing in the Cowboy Santas Scramble at either Pecan Valley, Meadowbrook or Rockwood Park golf courses on Dec. 2.

Form your own four-person team or the staff will place you on a team. There will be a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Entry fee is $50 per player plus an unwrapped toy valued at least $10. Lunch will be provided after the rounds.

Entry deadline is Nov. 30. Register online or call the course of your choice: Meadowbrook, 817-457-4616; Pecan Valley, 817-249-1845; Rockwood Park, 817-624-1771. Registration is limited to 25 teams per course.

The Cowboy Santas program is a charitable organization that provides toys to children, 12 and under, from low-income Tarrant County families during the holiday season.

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Celebrate Municipal Courts Week Nov. 6-10

Municipal Courts Week, Nov. 6-10, demonstrates Fort Worth’s recognition of the importance of municipal courts, the rule of law and the fair and impartial administration of justice.

During Municipal Courts Week, Fort Worth will conduct a Safe Harbor initiative, meaning that residents visiting a Municipal Court location will not be arrested for outstanding warrants.

In addition, several events will be held during the week, including community engagement activities, educational opportunities and staff appreciation.

An open house is planned for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 10 at both court locations: A.D. Marshall Public Safety Building, 1000 Throckmorton St., and Southwest Municipal Court, 3741 S.W. Loop 820 (southeast of the Trail Lake Drive intersection).

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Mayor’s Municipal Court Week Proclamation

Mayor Laura Hill recognized the week of November 2- November 6, 2015 as Municipal Court Week at the November 3, 2015 City Council Meeting in the proclamation below, and further requested that all citizens join her in extending appreciation to all Southlake Municipal Judges, Court Clerks and other court support personnel for the vital services they perform and their dedication to the Southlake community.

Whereas, public impression of the entire Texas judicial system is largely dependent upon the public’s experience in municipal court; and,

Whereas, Municipal Judges, Court Clerks and other court support personnel have  pledged to be ever mindful of their neutrality and impartiality, rendering equal service to all, and conform to the standards set by the Canons of Judicial Conduct; and,

Whereas, the Municipal Courts play a significant role in preserving the quality of life in Texas communities, ensuring a high level of traffic safety for our citizens. The Municipal Courts serve as the local justice center that protects the peace and dignity of our community through judicial proceedings; and,

Whereas, it is most appropriate that we recognize the accomplishments of the 916 Texas Municipal Courts, and salute their critical role in preserving public safety, protecting the quality of life in Texas communities, and deterring future criminal; now,

Therefore,  I Laura Hill, Mayor of the City of Southlake, do recognize the week of November 2- November 6, 2015, as Municipal Court Week, and further request all citizens join me in extending appreciation to all Southlake Municipal Judges, Court Clerks and other court support personnel for the vital services they perform and their exemplary dedication to our community.

 

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Municipal Courts and Records Department Changes

If you have business with the City of Southlake’s municipal court or records department next week here’s some important information for you. The City Municipal Courts and Records departments will be switching places starting Monday, August 24th.

The records department, which is currently located on the 2nd floor at 600 State Street, will move to the 1st floor and the court clerk’s offices will move from the 1st floor to the 2nd floor.

The move will allow for more space for municipal courts personnel plus provide added convenience for customers. Deputy Director of Finance Sharon Guess says, “Court and Records staff have worked diligently to make this transition as smooth as possible.  We don’t anticipate any issues but are prepared to handle anything that might arise.”

The final stages of the transition will be next Friday, August 28, 2015. It is important to note that the municipal court and records department will not be closed at any time during this transition. Personnel will be available to assist customers both in person as well as over the phone during normal business hours, Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (*Municipal Courts contact information (817) 748-8188 and Records contact number is (817) 748-8915.)

Police Chief James Brandon expects the move to be seamless as well. “The switch will allow both municipal courts and records the ability to continue to provide excellent customer service,” said Chief Brandon.

If you have any questions, the Police Department staffs the front office on the 2nd floor with a desk officer. Just park and take the steps or elevator to the 2nd floor and proceed to the front counter.

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MUNICIPAL COURT CANCELED FOR WEDNESDAY P.M./THURSDAY A.M.

With another artic front approaching, and sleet and snow in the forecast, all cases that are set for Wednesday, March 4, in the afternoon in the Municipal Court of Colleyville and Keller, have been canceled. Also, all cases that have been set in the morning of Thursday, March 5, have been canceled.

Court personnel will contact defendants whose court dates are affected by the cancellation to reschedule their court date. Additional information regarding closure on Thursday afternoon will be posted here. Questions can be directed to court personnel at 817.503.1300.

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