Coming to Court

Contact Us

  1. Email
    Please allow 24 hours for a clerk to respond

    Phone

    : 940-393-0220

    Physical Address:


    201 E. Walnut
    Decatur, TX 76234
    Map

    Mailing Address:


    P O Box 1299
    Decatur, TX 76234



DMCR on a map with link

Court Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

The Municipal Court drop box is located on the west side of the City Hall building and is accessible 24 hours a day.  Please submit your payment (check or money order only) and/or documents in a sealed envelope and include your name and date of birth or your citation number. 

Dress Code & Decorum

Quiet Please

During an open court session, each individual is given an opportunity to listen to the Judge’s instructions about his/her case. Talking and other disruptive noise interferes with that interaction. Please refrain from noisy or disruptive behavior and be respectful of all court proceedings. This includes frequent entering and exiting of the courtroom.

Audible Devices

Please place your cellular phones on "silent" upon entering the courtroom. No computers, gaming equipment, recording devices, or other disruptive electronic devices are allowed in the courtroom.

Food & Drinks Are Not Allowed

Food, snacks, and drinks are prohibited. Food/drinks are not allowed in the court room. Please finish or discard BEFORE going into court.

Courtroom Dress Code

You are required to dress in a manner that demonstrates respect of the judiciary. It is improper to wear shorts, mini skirts, flip flops, torso revealing garments, or hats. Clothing with offensive slogans, pictures, or gestures are prohibited.

Security

  • No weapons of any type are allowed in the court room.  This includes pocket/clip knives and any type of pepper spray.
  • All persons entering the court room are subject to search.
  • All bags, purses, brief cases, back packs, or similar items are subject to search.
  • Persons refusing to be searched or to allow a bag search will be denied access to the court.
  • Jokes about carrying weapons into the court or threatening any Judge or other court personnel will be taken seriously.
  • Any act or comment considered a threat against a Judge or any court personnel will result in immediate expulsion from the court and possible criminal charges.
  • Do not approach the Judge’s bench unless directed to do so.
  • Do not lean on the Judge’s bench.


Rescheduling A Court Date

Any request for continuance of a court date must be received NO LESS THAN 3 business days PRIOR to your court date, and must include "just cause," as all requests for continuances must be approved by the Judge.

Additionally, you must be prepared to pay all fines and court costs assessed by the Court on your court date.


Failure to Appear

If you do not answer a citation within the mandated time frame, or you do not appear for a scheduled court date, you have failed to appear. 

Failure to appear for a citation within 10 business days (15 calendar days) from the date of the offense may result in a warrant being issued for your arrest. 

Failure to appear for a scheduled court date, without having properly requested a continuance, may result in a warrant being issued for your arrest.

*A telephone call DOES NOT constitute  an appearance in court.