What To Expect

  • Your initial appearance is referred to as an Arraignment. At this time, you will be called upon to enter a plea to the charge preferred against you.
  • Court is considered a priority over other activities and you are expected to appear your scheduled court date. Failure to appear on your scheduled court date will result in a contempt of court charge and a warrant for your arrest will be issued. For traffic offenses a notice may be sent to the Department of Public Safety, requesting suspension of your Driver's License.
  • Should you fail to appear for your trial, the case may be tried in your absence. If you are found guilty in your absence, a warrant will be issued for your arrest.
  • Please be prepared to pay your obligation in full on the day of your sentencing. A payment arrangement is a possibility in some circumstances; however, you will be required to sign a financial agreement and pay a deposit.
  • MS law allows for prepayment of most traffic tickets prior to the court date given. Please refer to the back of your uniform traffic citation for more information. Should you receive a payable infraction citation and pay in full on or before the court date provided, you will not need to appear in court.
  • Payment is due in full on or before the date provided for all parking citations. If you plan to dispute this citation, please appear in court on the date provided.
  • The courtroom is  professional setting. All members of the court are to be treated with respect.
  • Because the courtroom is a professional setting, you are required to abide by a dress code. Low riding pants are strictly prohibited. All pants, shorts, and skirts are to remain around the waist or belted. Shorts, skirts, and dresses are to be at least mid-thigh in length. Tank tops, see through clothing, and low cut blouses are prohibited. You will not be allowed to enter the courtroom if you fail to comply with the dress code.