COVID-19 Testing Available at the Civic Center in Palestine- For an appointment, go to https://tinyurl.com/Binaxnowtesting
504 N. Queen Street
Palestine, TX 75801
Monday - Thursday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
To provide access to effective & efficient justice through a timely, fair & impartial resolution of cases.
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.
May 18, 2021, Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34 strongly encouraging individuals to continue wearing face coverings over the nose and mouth whenever social distancing is not possible, but stating that no person can be required by any jurisdiction to wear or to mandate the wearing of a face covering. However, judges possess broad inherent authority to control orderly proceedings in their courtrooms, and pursuant to that authority, they can require individuals in the courtroom to wear facial coverings and may require any person entering the courthouse in which they preside to wear a facial covering while in the courthouse. Executive Order GA-34 does not alter the Supreme Court’s current emergency order, the ability of a judge to control his or her courtroom, or requirements for those entering a court building who will be attending a court proceeding. As such, the Palestine Municipal Court will continue to conduct proceedings remotely.
eCourt appearances allows defendants to handle court cases (see requirements below) via a video conference with the Judge through the use of ZOOM ( see link below) on either your computer or wireless device.
eCourt Courtrooms are the same as Actual Courtrooms
Please adhere to the following Rule of Court Conduct and Decorum:
Failure to follow these guidelines will prompt the Court to remove the Defendant from the virtual courtroom until compliance is achieved.
Requirements to Appear via eCourt, you MUST have:
At your eCourt Appearance, you can (applies to Class C misdemeanors):
CRIMINAL DOCKETS FOR JANUARY 19, 2022
View the docket below:
Please check-in 15 minutes early.
Click the link below to attend the eCourt Appearance for January 19, 2022
Click the link above to attend the Pre-Trial eCourt Appearance:
Trial Docket (in-person):
**PLEASE NOTE: While the Court will make every effort to handle your case(s) via eCourt, unfortunately that may not be possible in all circumstances.**
**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.**
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:
DANGEROUS DOG HEARING