(See court schedule for detailed calendar)
In Municipal Court your first appearance is referred to as an Arraignment. At this time you will be called upon to enter a plea (or answer) to the charge (Traffic or Misdemeanor) preferred against you. The court will not continue an Arraignment date. Court is considered a priority over other activities and you are expected to appear at your scheduled court date.
Please be prepared to pay your obligations in full on the day of your sentencing. A payment agreement is a possibility in some circumstances; however, you will be required to complete a financial affidavit and appear for regularly scheduled collection review dockets. Failure to appear for these court event(s) will result in a contempt of court charge and a warrant will be issued for your arrest.
Failure to appear for your Arraignment will result in the issuance of a warrant for your arrest. For traffic offenses notice may be sent to the DPS, requesting suspension of your Driver’s License. An option for you to remedy your failure to appear is to attend court any Thursday at 12:30 pm for an open court docket.
Should you fail to appear for your trial, the case may be tried in your absence (TIA). If you are found guilty in your absence, a warrant will be issued for your arrest. Your judgment and a TIA letter will be mailed to the address in your court record and collection efforts will proceed.
Mississippi law allows for the prepayment of most traffic tickets prior to the court date. Please refer to the back of your uniform traffic citation for more information. Should you receive a payable infraction citation, and pay in full on or before the court date provided; you need not appear in court.
Payment is due in full on or before the date provided for all parking citations. If you dispute this citation, please appear on the court date provided. Failure to timely respond or appear for these payable infractions will result in a trial in your absence (TIA) and collection efforts will proceed by the court or collection agency.
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