Municipal Court

OVERVIEW


The Ovilla Municipal Court is a Court of Record and has the responsibility for all Class C complaints and tickets, docketing and processing charges filed by citizens, law enforcement personnel and the City’s animal/code officer.

Collecting fines, answering questions from the public, preparing reports to the state and processing warrants and capias’ are among other responsibilities of the court.

The court is staffed with one full-time court clerk and one judge, who is appointed by the City Council. Scott Kurth is the Presiding Judge for the Ovilla Municipal Court and Jessica Foresman is the Ovilla Court Clerk.
 
Kaleb Smith with Nichols, Jackson, Dillard, Hager & Smith, L. L. P., performs the duties of Prosecuting Attorney on a part-time basis for the city. The court bailiffs are police officers assigned by the Ovilla Police Department.

The Court Docket is heard on the last Thursday of each month beginning at 6:00 pm. Trials are held as needed.

APPEARANCE REQUIREMENTS

            You must make an appearance before the court in one of the following ways:

In person at the court facility on or before your court date located at City Hall at 105 S Cockrell Hill Rd, Ovilla, TX 75154.  Our office hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Court is held once a month and the date and time is shown on your citation. 

By mailing in your payment or request to Ovilla Municipal Court 105 S Cockrell Hill Rd, Ovilla, TX 75154.  Payments by mail must be post marked on or before your court date. 

By paying your citation online at www.trafficpayment.com

            Please note, if you pay your fine online you are making a plea of “no contest” and waiving your right to a jury trial; you will be found guilty and the conviction will be reported to the Department of Public Safety.

The Municipal Court Judge is available via Zoom during regular business hours.  Please contact the Court to inquire about a Zoom meeting.

Any juvenile and minor must appear in at the court date with a parent or legal guarding.  A juvenile is any person 16 year of age or younger.  A minor is any person under the age of 21 years of age or younger on an alcohol related offense and under 18 years of age and younger on a tobacco related offense. 

 


How to Resolve Your Citation 

In certain circumstances, you may resolve your citation prior to your court date. 

The Municipal Court Judge is available via Zoom during regular business hours.  Please contact the Court to schedule a Zoom appointment.

ZOOM instructions:

• If you are using a phone, you must download the zoom app and allow microphone and camera access.

• If you are using a PC, you must have a webcam, microphone, and speakers. (most laptops have this) at https://zoom.us/join.

Once you are ready to conference the Judge, use the meeting number below:

Zoom Meeting ID: 582 661 129

Passcode:  849115