Burkburnett, Texas

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Municipal Court


The City of Burkburnett Municipal Court is located inside the Burkburnett Justice Center at 101 East College. The hours of operation for the Municipal Court office are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (lunch noon - 1:00 p.m.) and can be reached by phone at 940.569.7331. The Municipal Court handles all ticketed violations given by The City of Burkburnett. These citations can be paid in person in the office.

Court is held the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The Court Clerk is can be reached at the above phone number or at: court@burkburnett.org to answer any questions you may have.

INFORMATION REGARDING COURT HEARINGS DURING COVID
THE OFFICE OF COURT ADMINISTRATION AND THE REGIONALPRESIDING JUDGE HAVE APPROVED THE MUNICIPAL COURT'S COVID-19 OPERATING PLAN.  STARTING ON JUNE 18, 2020, THE COURT WILL RESUME ITS REGULAR IN-PERSON DOCKETS FOR JUVENILE PROCEEDINGS AND BENCH TRIALS ONLY. EACH DOCKET WILL ALLOW NO MORE THAN SIXTEEN (16) PERSONS OTHER THAN COURT STAFF IN THE COURTROOM AT A TIME, INCLUDING DEFENDANTS AND THE PARENT OF ANYJUVENILE.   DEFENDANTS MAY BE REQUIRED TO WAIT IN THEIR VEHICLE UNTIL THEY ARE CALLED  FOR THEIR HEARING BY THE COURT BAILIFF.  AT THE TIME OF CHECK-IN, YOU WILL BE ASKED HEALTH QUESTIONS, AND YOU WILL BE CHECKED FOR WEAPONS BEFORE ENTERING THE COURTROOM. 

A NOTICE FOR A  SHOW CAUSE, APPOINTMENT, PRETRIAL, DRIVERS SAFETY, DEFERRED, ATTORNEY PRE-TRIAL, AND COMMUNITY SERVICE/INDIGENCY DOCKETS WILL BE SENT BY MAIL OF YOUR TIME AND DATE OF COURT APPEARANCE THROUGH THE FOLLOWING MONTHS OF COVID-19 CRISIS. IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED A NOTICE, PLEASE CONTACT THE COURT IMMEDIATELY AT 940-569-7331.   

COVID-19 NOTICE:  PLEASE CONTACT THE COURT TO MAKE OTHER ARRANGEMENTS FOR A HEARING IF YOU ARE OVER AGE 65 OR HAVE SERIOUS UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS, SUCH AS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, CHRONIC LUNG DISEASE, DIABETES, OBESITY, ASTHMA AND THOSE WHOSE IMMUNE SYSTEMS ARE COMPROMISED SUCH AS BY CHEMOTHERAPY FOR CANCER OR OTHER CONDITIONS REQUIRING SUCH THERAPY.   

PRESIDING JUDGE/ALTERNATE JUDGE INFORMATION
The Honorable Dan Tompkins is the Presiding Judge over the Court.

MISSION STATEMENT
The Municipal Court and its staff are dedicated and committed to promoting the highest standards in customer service, upholding the integrity of the Court, and serving the citizens of Burkburnett in a courteous, efficient, and professional manner.  The Municipal Court is dedicated to principles of fair and impartial justice while maintaining the public's and law enforcement's trust and confidence.

MUNICIPAL COURT OVERVIEW
Municipal Courts are the judicial branch of city government. In addition, the Municipal Court is part of the state judicial system. Municipal Courts hear Class C Misdemeanor criminal cases, including traffic violations, for which the maximum fine, upon conviction, does not exceed $500, and for which no jail sentence may be assessed. They also hear cases involving violation of city ordinances, which may have fines up to $2,000 for certain offenses. When you receive a citation, the options you have to resolve your case can vary depending on many different factors, including but not limited to: the type of violation, the severity of the violation, the age of the defendant, etc. The first thing you will need to do is enter a plea on or before your appearance date. Once you enter a plea, you may be scheduled for a court date, or you may have the option of disposing of the case without appearing in open Court. If your situation allows you to resolve the matter without appearing in open Court, you may pay the fine, provide proof for expired violations or insurance matters, or you may be eligible for an alternative sentencing option such as deferred disposition (deferred adjudication), or a driving safety course.

PLEASE NOTE: The Burkburnett Municipal Court does NOT handle DBAs, vehicle registrations, title transfers, birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, or divorces. You will need to contact your County Court to handle those types of cases. For driver's license renewals, surcharge information, driving permits, etc., you will need to contact a DPS Office.

ACCIDENT CASES
The Municipal Court has no jurisdiction over damages caused by an auto accident. Settlement of damages is a matter for a civil court to decide.

INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY
Under our American justice system, all persons are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. A trial is held on a plea of not guilty, and the State is required to prove what it charges in the complaint, "beyond a reasonable doubt," before a guilty verdict can be reached.

"Nothing contained herein is intended to be nor should be construed as legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. The information on this site is compiled and made available as a public service by the Burkburnett Municipal Court. However, neither the Court nor the City of Burkburnett make any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of the information herein, and is not responsible for errors or omissions, or for results obtained from the use of this information."

PAYMENT OPTIONS
Cash, Money Order, Check, or Credit Cards are accepted in the office. Credit Cards can be processed over the phone with the Court Clerk.

DRIVER RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAM (DRP)
The Driver Responsibility Program through DPS has been repealed.  Effective September 1, 2019, all DRP surcharge suspensions will end. Below is a list of frequently asked questions regarding this repeal.  If you have further questions, please contact the Department of Public Safety at DRPRepeal@dps.texas.gov 

TEXAS DMV - TEMPORARY EXTENSION OF INITIAL REGISTRATION, RENEWAL OF REGISTRATION AND RENEWAL OF A PERMANENT DISABLED PARKING PLACARD
Governor Greg Abbott issued a statement on March 16, 2020, granting a temporary extension to obtain initial registration, renewal of registration, and renewal of a permanent disabled parking placard.  Governor Abbott also granted a temporary extension for an individual with an expired 30-day temporary permit to obtain another permit or Texas registration.  See the information below from the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.

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