The City of Baytown facilities and offices are open for business. Due to COVID-19 some departments may still be operating in a modified fashion. Please contact the department you plan to conduct business with directly if you have specific questions as to modification to services or location.
We continue to follow CDC guidelines for the safety of our employees and citizens and will keep you updated via social media and other communication channels
Governor Abbott's Executive Order "Open Texas" Phase 1: Effective May 4, 2020 the Municipal Court's phone Lines are open; Court business will be conducted remotely; To resolve a citation you may pay online or by phone at 1-844-219-7879; you may submit citation inquiries at email@example.com
All trials through June 30 are cancelled until further notice. Currently scheduled cases will be reset to a later date.
When will in-person Court proceedings resume?
June 1, 2020 for initial appearances, pretrial dockets, show cause hearings, bond hearings, and juvenile dockets.
How will they be held?
Dockets are held using the Zoom platform. Letters with instructions about the remote proceedings and the date of the hearing will be mailed to each defendant a week prior to their court date. Prior to your remote Court proceeding you must submit to the Court the video conference request.
Enter a Plea of Not Guilty and request a trial by Judge or trial by Jury
Enter a plea of guilty or no contest. Defendants who plead Guilty or No Contest via the remote appearance have the same opportunities for payment plans, driver safety courses, or deferred disposition. These options are also available on the Courts website and appearance is required;
Request an extension of the due dates established by a previous judgment; Appear in response to the Show Cause Order; and
Seek resolution of outstanding warrants
What happens if the defendant does not appear?
Neglecting to appear as scheduled will have the same consequences as not appearing at an in-person proceeding.
Can the defendant handle a citation any other way?