The Garden Ridge Municipal Court has existed since 1972. More people, citizens, and non-citizens alike come in personal contact with municipal courts than all other Texas courts combined. The municipal judge and court clerk have pledged to be ever mindful of their neutrality and impartiality, rendering equal service to all, and conform to the standards set by the Canons of Judicial Conduct.
The Garden Ridge Municipal Court plays a significant role in preserving the quality of our community through the adjudication of traffic offenses, ensuring a high level of traffic safety for our citizens.
The Garden Ridge Municipal Court is a Court of Record and handles all class C misdemeanor traffic and City Ordinance violations written by the Garden Ridge Police Department.
Municipal Court is generally held on the fourth Thursday of the Month. The Courtroom is located inside City Hall. Please check your citation. The court docket starts at 5:30 p.m. If you are not scheduled for a court docket you may not be admitted to the courtroom.
COVID-19 AND COURT APPEARANCES
Due to ongoing COVID-19 safety guidelines, the Court, with high regard for the safety of the community and our staff may require the use of face coverings in the courtroom along with social distancing. If you feel unsafe “Appear in Person” on your assigned court date and time, you may be able to resolve the citation by the following contact-free methods.
All individuals are encouraged to call or email the Court. To determine if you are eligible for deferred disposition or a driver safety course, contact the court.
Include your name, citation number, date of birth, and good contact information when contacting the court. Due to the unusual circumstances, there may be a delay in responding to your email, regular mail, and telephone inquiries.
If you are over 17 years old, you may be able to pay citations, process dismissal requests, or make arrangements for defensive driving, deferred disposition, or a payment extension before your court date.
You must appear in person, by mail, or through an attorney.
A telephone call does not constitute an appearance.
A telephone call does not grant continuances. You must either come in person or fax a request to 210-651-9638 for a reset for the next court date. Only one reset may be granted by the court judge.
Please note: The Municipal Court Clerk cannot make judgments on any of the cases processed. They also cannot give legal advice or dismiss cases. These are all duties of the judge. The clerks will assist you in any way possible to process paperwork and provide information.
Failure to Appear
By signing your citation, you promise to appear in court to answer the charges against you. If you fail to appear in court, a warrant for your arrest will be issued.