LA PORTE MUNICIPAL COURT DOCKETS
POSTPONED THROUGH MAY 8, 2020
(SECOND UPDATE – 3/30/20)
Upon recommendation from the Texas Office of Court Administration, La Porte Municipal Court has postponed all dockets through May 8, 2020.
If you have a court date scheduled during this time period you will be notified of your new court date by mail, phone or electronic communication.
Jurors who received a court summons during this time period do not need to appear and do not need to reschedule.
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, THE COURTHOUSE LOBBY IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. Court staff remains at work and available to help you with all court matters. We will continue to operate during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. We can be reached by telephone at 281-471-4683, and by email at Court@laportetx.gov.
Although in person payments are suspended, payments may still be made online at www.laportetx.gov, by telephone at 1-877-224-6076 (you will need your citation number and the amount of the fine), and in the drop box located in the Municipal Court foyer. The drop box located in the Municipal Court foyer remains available to the public for payments and document deposits.
There are many matters that the court staff can assist you with without the necessity of appearance at a docket, please give us a call!
About the Court
La Porte Municipal Court strives to provide a neutral, courteous, and fair forum for the trial of all Class C misdemeanor offenses arising under Texas civil and criminal statutes and City Ordinances.
The Municipal Court and its officers represent the judicial branch of the City of La Porte government. The court is dedicated to the principles of impartiality, fairness, and judicial independence.
La Porte Municipal Court and Morgan's Point Municipal Court are considered "Safe Harbors" and no defendants will be arrested due to outstanding local warrants.
Help for Self-Represented LitigantsThe public has access to helpful tools for self-representation, as directed under Texas Senate Bill 1911, effective September 1, 2017. Visit the Texas Judicial Branch website for additional information. www.txcourts.gov/programs-services/self-help/self-represented-litigants
Notice of Alternatives to Full Payment of Fines or Costs
If you are assessed a fine and court costs as a result of a citation and you are unable to pay, please notify the court immediately. You may request a hearing before the judge. If you are determined by the court to have insufficient resources or income to pay, the court is required to provide you other ways to discharge the fine and costs.
Court of Record
On October 1, 2012, La Porte Municipal Court became a court of record pursuant to Chapter 30 of the Texas Government Code.
In order to appeal a finding of guilt to County Court, a defendant should have a written record of the trial proceeding sent to the Appellate Court either by a court reporter's transcript or by an agreed statement of facts approved by the City Attorney.
A defendant may request a court recording in writing prior to commencement of trial. If no request for recording is made, it constitutes a waiver of record.