We are an independent branch of government constitutionally entrusted with the fair and just resolution of disputes in order to preserve the rule of law and to protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States and this State.
The Municipal Courts are considered Courts of limited jurisdiction, having responsibility for:
- Fish and Game Violations
- Weights and Measures Violations
- Minor criminal-type offenses (for example, simple assault, bad checks)
- Motor Vehicle Traffic Tickets/ Parking Tickets
- Municipal Ordinance Offenses (such as dog barking, building code violations)
Explain and answer questions about how the court works… tell you what the requirements are to have your case considered by the court…give you some information from your case file…provide you with samples of court forms that are available… provide you with guidance on how to fill out forms… usually answer questions about court guidelines.
Tell you whether or not you should bring your case to court… give you legal advice… give you an opinion about what will happen if you bring your case to court… recommend a lawyer… talk to the Judge for you about what will happen in your case… let you talk to the Judge outside of Court… change an order issued by the Judge.
Municipal Court Judge
Dennis G. Harraka, JMC
Matthew G. Miller
Co- Public Defender
Robert P. Zisgen