Most citizens have their first and only
encounter with the judicial system, at the local or Muncipal
Court level. You will find the Abernathy Municipal Court and
its personnel will to be friendly and helpful, if you work within
the system and not against it.
Hours of operation of the Court are:
- 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
- 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
- Although the Judge does not always stay
at the Municipal Building, the Court Clerk can reach him as needed.
The Municipal Court has criminal jurisdiction over Class C Misdemeanors
and some other fine-only State Law violations. The Municipal
Courts have authority to enforce municipal ordinances and the
Municipal Court's enforcement powers generally stop at the city
Although the Municipal Court is created by State statute, it
is also a part of the City Government. The Municipal Judge is
appointed by, and serves at the will of the Mayor. The Judge
offices in the City Hall building but is not under any administrative
control of any other city employee whatsoever.
As a result, it must operate within the overall governmental
context yet maintain its independence from the other governmental
branches and agencies of the City.
The laws that govern Municipal Court authority and jurisdiction
are spread through many different statutes and codes including:
- United State Constitution
- Texas Constitution
- Texas Government Code
- Local Government Code
- Texas Penal Code
- Texas Code of Criminal Procedure
- Alcoholic Beverage Code
- Family Code
- Traffic Laws
- Parks and Wildlife Code
- City Ordinance Code of Abernathy Texas
- What To Expect
The following is a brief overview of what one might consider
the typical situation for Municipal Court, however it is just
that, "brief". For specific information on procedures,
please visit Municipal Court Procedures.
- Each person issued traffic citations has
10 or more days to contact the Court concerning the issuance
of a traffic citation.
- Failure to make contact with the Court
within the prescribed time limit will result in a "Failure
to Appear" charge and arrest warrant to be issued.
- If you wish to appear before the Court
for a citation issued, you will be given the opportunity to request
or waive your rights to trial by jury or the Judge, enter a plea
and discuss the matter before the Court. If you wish to enter
a plea of "Not Guilty", it must be in writing and a
Trial date will be set.
- The main thing to remember is, to avoid
any further complications or problems, make contact with the
Court within the time limits stated on the citation.
What Is Expected of
You should be aware that the Judge expects, if not demands, that
people appearing before him, conduct themselves as ladies and
- The Judge absoultely WILL NOT tolerate
any cursing, racial slurs, argumentative or combative behavior
from anyone, toward the Court, its personnel or other parties
in the matter before the Court. As provided by Texas Statute,
Contempt of Court proceedings will be used, as needed, to effectively
deal with those persons who choose not to conduct themselves
with proper dignity and respect.
- Every reasonable effort, within the law,
will be made to work with any person having business before the
- Should it be necessary for you to have
business with this Court, please be aware that the ultimate goal
is compliance with the Laws of Texas and Ordinances of the City
of Abernathy, without bias or prejudice to anyone. When the matter
is brought to its conclusion, hopefully no person will leave
the Court without feeling that they have "Had their day