Appearing in Court

Appearance in Person

The law requires that you personally appear in court or pay the fine on your citation prior to your due date.

  • If you were issued a citation, your appearance is required within 20 business days from the date of your citation.
  • If you have been released on bond, your court date will be set on the bond.
You or your attorney may appear in person in open court or by mail. Your first appearance is to determine your plea.

Appearance by Mail


If you waive a jury trial and plead guilty or no contest, you may talk to the judge about extenuating circumstances. Appearance by mail is considered timely if the document is postmarked on or before the appearance date, in a first class postage prepaid envelope, properly addressed to the Municipal Court:

North Richland Hills Municipal Court
4301 City Point Drive
North Richland Hills, TX 76180

If you plead not guilty, a pre-trial hearing will be scheduled for you at your initial appearance before the judge. After your pre-trial hearing you will be given a trial date. You may request a trial by judge or a trial by jury. 

Juvenile Appearance


Persons 16 years of age or younger MUST appear in person with a parent or legal guardian in open court. Contact the court clerk for more information. This is a state law and payment cannot be accepted prior to the court appearance before the judge. DO NOT MAIL FINE PAYMENT. 

Address Notification: Pursuant to Texas law, Article 45.057(j), Code of Criminal Procedure, you are being provided written notice of the following: (1) a child and a parent are required to appear before the Court and have an obligation to provide the Court in writing with the current address and residence of the child; (2) The obligation does not end when the child reaches the age of 17; (3)on or before the seventh day after the the date the child or parent changes residence (any place where the child lives or resides for a period of at least 30 days), the child or parent shall notify the Court of the current address in the manner directed by the Court; (4) failure to provide notice is a Class C misdemeanor and may result in arrest; (5) the obligation to provide notice terminates on discharge and satisfaction of the judgment or final disposition not requiring a finding of guilt. 

Minor Alcohol & Tobacco Offenses


Minors under age 21 charged with an Alcohol offense must appear in open court before the Judge. Minors under 18 charged with a Tobacco offense must appear in open court before the Judge. A parent or guardian is required to appear with any minor under the age of 18.



For questions or more information about court appearances, please contact the Municipal Court at 817-427-6700.