Municipal Court

Courtney Acklin

Mariela Pacheco

Tyra Gabriel

Hon. Brenda Johnston

Presiding Judge

Hon. James Todd

Associate Judge

Palestine City Hall

504 N. Queen Street
Palestine, TX 75801

Monday - Thursday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

City of Palestine Municipal Court


(en español)

**Defendants are encouraged to contact court staff for available options that does not require an appearance.**

**Call the court at 903-731-8433 for questions.**

Mission Statement
To provide access to effective & efficient justice through a timely, fair & impartial resolution of cases.

Vision Statement
To provide equal access to a fair and effective system of justice for all without excess cost, inconvenience or delay with sensitivity to an increasingly diverse society.

The Municipal Court is the judicial branch of the government of the City of Palestine. It is committed to administering justice in a fair, efficient, and timely manner. The City of Palestine Municipal Court's primary function to process all Class "C" Criminal charges filed by the Police Division, Fire Marshals and Code Enforcement Officers. These include charges filed under the Texas Transportation Code, Penal Code, Alcoholic Beverage Code, Health and Safety Code, Education Code and Palestine Code of Ordinances. Court services are increasingly available online, by telephone, email, and through the mail which contributes to compliance in a customer service and eco-friendly way.

Arraignment Dockets:

** There are three (3) limited court sessions for the arraignment docket. Only 28 people per session. ***


Morning Court Sessions: 9:00am, 9:45am & 10:30am

Show Cause Dockets:

** There are two (2) limited court sessions for the show cause docket. Only 28 people per session. ***


Afternoon Court Sessions: 1:30pm, 2:15pm


If a defendant defaults in the discharge of the judgment and sentence of the Court, a hearing will be scheduled pursuant to Tex. Code Crim. Pro. Art. 45.046. The show-cause docket is normally scheduled on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. 

Discharge of Fines and Costs

A defendant may discharge fine and costs that have been imposed as a result of judgment as follows:

  1. Pay the fine and costs immediately
  2. Pay the fine and costs at a later date
  3. Pay the fine and costs at designated intervals
  4. If the court determines that the defendant has insufficient resources to pay the fine and costs, the defendant may perform community service to discharge the fine and costs.
  5. If the court determines that the defendant is indigent or does not have sufficient resources or income to pay all or part of the fine and costs, or was a child at the time of the commission of the offense, the court may waive all or part of the fine and costs if discharging the fine and costs by the methods listed above would constituent an undue hardship of the defendant
  6. The court may, in appropriate circumstances, order the fine and costs discharged by a combination of the methods listed above.

Trial Dockets: