NOTICE: It has come to the attention of the Houston Municipal Courts that companies are using text messages to solicit services. The text message requests the citizen to click on a link to reset their case(s) for a $10.00 fee. The Houston Municipal Courts DOES NOTsend text messages or charge citizens to reset cases. Rules and guidelines on how to handle any of your court business, including instructions on how to reset and pay for your case(s) along with downloadable forms, are available to you at no charge on our website. To speak with someone regarding your court cases, please dial 3-1-1 or 713.837.0311, if outside Houston city limits.
The Mission of the Municipal Courts Department is to provide an accessible legal forum for individuals to have their court matters heard in a fair and efficient manner, while providing a high level of integrity, professionalism and customer service.
For general ticket and court information please dial 3-1-1 or 713.837.0311.
Not sure when you are scheduled for court?
Dial 3-1-1 or 713.837.0311 for your court status and details.
The City of Houston Municipal Courts accepts payments in cash, check, money order, ATM debit card, and credit card (American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover).
There are two types of Driver Safety Courses (DSC) or "defensive driving" programs available -- Mandatory and Discretionary. DSC and other matters can be processed by placing a call to the Municipal Courts One Call Solution Center at 713.837.0311.
Fines and Fees
If you agree with the violation on the ticket and enter a plea of guilty or no contest, the Judge will find you guilty.
The exact amount of the fine will depend on the violation and other circumstances reviewed by the Judge. You should be prepared to pay the fine at the time you are found guilty.
- Go to Fines and Fees
Other Available Options
If you are having difficulty satisfying your court ordered judgment, please come in and speak with an Annex Court Judge at any of our court locations.
- Go to Court Locations
Deferred Disposition is a suspended sentence. On your plea of guilty or no contest, the court will defer a finding of guilt, assess Court costs, and order that you post a bond and comply with certain conditions. You may request Deferred Disposition on or before your first court date in person, by phone, or by mail.
City / HPD Jail Information
First you will need to visit the HPD Jail website at http://mycity.houstontx.gov/jails, or call the Houston Help Line at 713.837.0311 to ensure the person is in fact in the City of Houston Jail. A representative from the Houston Help Line can also provide the amount the prisoner owes and/or the bond amount.
- Go to Jail Information
The week's trial dockets are available online in .pdf format. Click on a week day below to view that particular docket.
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Herbert W. Gee Municipal Courthouse
(Central Municipal Courts Building)
1400 Lubbock Street
Houston, TX 77002
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MON - FRI 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
SAT: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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