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The Carrollton Municipal Court now offers Virtual Court Appearances.  In many circumstances, you may dispose of your case by video conference with a judge on your computer or mobile device.  All Carrollton virtual court sessions are viewable on the Carrollton Municipal Court YouTube channel.

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Carrollton Virtual Court

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Watch Court Proceedings on YouTube


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Instructions

  • If you already have a scheduled date and time to appear before a Judge, that is the date and time that you are required to appear.
  • At your assigned date and time, click the link below. Please have your citation number available. You can find your citation number on today's docket schedule or search by name and date of birth after clicking the link.
  • If you are not be able to appear as scheduled, you must contact the court at 972-466-3260 before the date and time of your scheduled court date to discuss your options.
  • You must have a computer, tablet, or phone capable of accessing the internet with a camera and microphone.
  • You must also install the Zoom App on your device before the video conference begins if you do not already have the app.
  • A defendant will be considered as Failed to Appear for their scheduled docket if they have not checked in with the court clerk no later than five (5) minutes from the start of their scheduled docket setting.

Click here to enter Carrollton's Virtual Court

 Notice

To finalize the action(s) taken on your case(s) at your virtual hearing, any payment, documentation, and/or signatures required must be submitted to the Carrollton Municipal Court either electronically or in person on the same day of your virtual appearance.  Failure to submit any required payment, documentation and/or signatures may result in the rejection of any agreement(s) reached in your case(s) and may lead to the issuance of a WARRANT for your arrest.

 

Requirements

  • A device capable of accessing an internet connection (PC, Mac, Smart Phone, Tablet, etc.).
  • A fast and stable internet connection.
  • A webcam attached to your PC or a built-in camera on your device that will allow the judge to see you during the video conference.
  • A microphone (built-in or attached) that will allow you to talk to the judge.
  • Your device must also have speakers (built-in or attached) so you can hear what the judge is saying to you.
  • A working email address to send and receive documents or images from the Court.
  • A reliable phone number to ensure successful future contact with the Court.
  • An acceptable form of identification (government issued ID or driver license, passport, etc.)

You can test Zoom on your device here -> https://zoom.us/test

Things to Remember

 Virtual courtrooms are the same as actual courtrooms.  The same rules and procedures apply, and therefore the Local Rules of Court and general rules of courtroom decorum will be enforced.

Virtual court appearances are formal proceedings and will be conducted as such.
  •  If you do not follow the Local Rules of Court or general rules of courtroom conduct, you will be given one warning to come into compliance.  If you fail to comply after warning, you will be removed from the virtual courtroom.
  • Proper clothing is required and will be strictly enforced. Inappropriate clothing or attire will not be permitted, and the same dress code applies as if you were appearing in-person in court.
  • Make sure your environment is most favorable to attend court by video. Avoid background noise and other distractions.
  • Turn off and put away other devices (T.V., radio, etc.) so you can give your full attention to the proceedings.
Recording of court proceedings is prohibited. 

At Your Virtual Court Appearance You May...

  • Enter a plea of NOT GUILTY and request a trial by judge or trial by jury.
  • Enter a plea of GUILTY or NO CONTEST. Defendants who plead guilty or no contest via a virtual appearance have the same options for payment plans, compliance dismissals, driver safety course, or deferred disposition.
  • Potentially resolve outstanding City of Carrollton arrest warrants.
Notice
Fees associated with deferred disposition or driver safety courses are due on the same day as your virtual court appearance following the entry of a plea.

What to Expect

  • Set aside at least 30-45 minutes of your time for the hearing.
  • Have any documents you wish to present to the judge at your virtual appearance ready and available.
  • Be patient with unexpected technical difficulties or inactivity during the hearing as the court staff works through the new challenges of a virtual court docket.

Payment Information

  • If the judge authorizes Deferred Disposition or Driver's Safety Course, you will be required to pay the applicable fee(s) immediately following your virtual court appearance.
  • If you are unable to pay your fine, the judge may authorize an initial extension to pay for 10 business days. If you have no ability to pay your fine, you may contact the Collections Division of the Carrollton Municipal Court to request alternative means to satisfy the judgment prior to the expiration of the 10 business day extension.
 Additional Information
 

To request additional information regarding alternative means to satisfy a judgment, contact the Collections Division at 972-466-3147.

To finalize the action(s) taken on your case(s) at your virtual hearing, any payment, documentation, and/or signatures required must be submitted to the Carrollton Municipal Court either electronically or in person on the same day of your virtual appearance. Failure to submit any required payment, documentation and/or signatures may result in the rejection of any agreement(s) reached in your case(s) and may lead to the issuance of a WARRANT for your arrest.
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