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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

 

When is Court held?
What are the methods of payment that are accepted?
Do I need to sign in for Court?
How do I request a Jury Trial?
How do I request a continuance?
If I want to pay the ticket do I need to stay for court?
Do I have to come to court?
If I am required to appear and don’t appear, what will happen?
What is a Bench Warrant?
May I talk to the Judge before my case is heard?
If I appear in court will my ticket automatically be reduced?
What is not allowed inside the courtroom?


When is Court held?
Municipal Court is held during the second and fourth Monday of each month at 5:30 pm.  The Estill Municipal Court is staffed by a judge, a court administrator, records clerk, and police officers.

What are the methods of payment that are accepted?
The Court accepts cash, money orders, and cashier’s checks.  The Court also accepts debit and credit cards (service charges apply).  Personal checks are NOT accepted.

Do I need to sign in for Court?
You do not need to sign in when you appear for Court. You may take a seat in the courtroom. The Judge will call your name at the appropriate time.

How do I request a Jury Trial?
If you would like to request a Jury Trial, you do not need to wait in Court. See one of the clerks to request a jury trial anytime before the court date and time on your ticket.

How do I request a continuance?
To continue your court date, submit a letter to the court stating the reason for the continuance. The letter must include your name, address and ticket/warrant number. You must follow up to check the status of the continuance request.

If I want to pay the ticket do I need to stay for court?
If your ticket does not say "mandatory court appearance", you may pay your ticket at the Cashier’s desk and leave.

Do I have to come to court?
If you look at your ticket, above the offense listed there is a field that reads  "Court Appearance Required – YES or NO". If yes is circled, you are required to appear.

If I am required to appear and don’t appear, what will happen?
In most cases a Bench Warrant will be issued for your arrest.

What is a Bench Warrant?
A Bench Warrant is an Order from the Judge to any law enforcement officer to make every effort to find you, arrest you, and bring you before the Judge.  This information is entered in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) data system. If you are picked up, your only choices are to pay the fine or go to jail for whatever period of time your warrant states.

May I talk to the Judge before my case is heard?
No, this is considered "ex-parte communication" and is inappropriate unless all parties are attending. Your court appearance is the time to discuss your case in front of the Judge.

If I appear in court will my ticket automatically be reduced?
No.

NOT ALLOWED IN THE COURTROOM:
 Unruly Children
 Food or Drinks
 Smoking
 Weapons (including pocket knives and pepper spray)
 Activated Pagers or Cell Phones
 Hats or Improper Attire
 Talking During the Proceedings