What to Expect at your Hearing

The Municipal Court has jurisdiction over juveniles (persons age 10-16) charged with Class C Misdemeanor offenses. Juveniles must appear in open court with a parent or legal guardian present for all proceedings in their cases. 

If you have never been summoned to court before, all the requirements and instructions can be daunting. To help you prepare for your hearing, below is  a breakdown of how proceedings usually go.

It's important to remember that every case and every individual is a little different, so procedure can also be a little different from person to person. 

  •  First sign in with the clerk: The clerk in the courtroom will take your name and mark you present. The clerk may also have papers for you to fill out and return to her.
  • Stand and Recognize the Judge: The Judge will explain why you are in court, what the process is  and what you personally can expect from your experience in court. Listen carefully. 
  • Meet with the Prosecutor: You will have the opportunity to tell the Prosecutor the details of your case from your perspective and they will explain how the State will want to proceed with your citation. You are not required to meet with the Prosecutor and may choose not to.
  • Defendant goes before the Judge: Only the juvenile defendant, not the adult(s) who have accompanied them, will approach the bench. Anyone else may approach only if the Judge calls them forward. The Judge may, after meeting with the defendant, make an order and tell the defendant that they may leave. (This usually only happens with traffic offenses).

Please be aware of the Court Dress Code. 

Physical Address:

6243 Brookside Road

Brookside Village, TX 77581

Phone:  281-485-3048

Fax: 281-485-9551