Municipal Court

Welcome to Balch Spring Municipal Court

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Balch Springs Municipal Court will not have in-person docket settings. *We are currently not accepting cash.

All scheduled court appearances will be completed virtually via Zoom. You will need to visit https://www.zoom.us/join at your scheduled court time and follow the directions below.   

Screen Shot 2020-07-29 at 3.22.10 PMBEFORE YOU ARE ABLE TO VIDEO CONFERENCE WITH THE JUDGE, YOU MUST RECEIVE A COURT NOTICE BY MAIL. PLEASE CONTACT THE COURT AT 972-557-6055 TO INITIATE THE PROCESS, THANK YOU.

If you are using a phone, you must download the zoom app and allow microphone and camera access.

If you are using a PC or tablet, you must have a webcam, microphone, and speakers. (most laptops have this) at https://www.zoom.us/join

Once you are ready to conference the Judge, use the meeting number that will appear on your court notice

Zoom Meeting ID: 597 585 4289

Click here to video conference Judge Huffman  

SCHEDULED ON AN ATTORNEY DOCKET OR 
PRE-TRIAL DOCKET?

You are REQUIRED to join in on a Video Docket. A notice was mailed to you with this information, or you can call and confirm with the court at 972-557-6055. Attorney dockets will be held at 11:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. per the notice that was provided to you.

IF AN OFFEScreen Shot 2020-07-29 at 3.22.17 PMR IS NOT AGREED ON AND RECEIVED BY THE COURT ON MONDAY PRIOR TO THE APPEARANCE DATE-YOU ARE REQUIRED TO APPEAR ON ZOOM VIDEO CONFERENCE FOR THE COURT APPEARANCE TO AVOID FURTHER ACTION

Pre-Trial dockets will be held at 9:00 a.m. CST per the notice that was mailed to you. You are REQUIRED to APPEAR on Zoom video Conference to AVOID FURTHER ACTION. If you are using a phone, you will need to download the zoom app and allow the microphone and camera access. If using a tablet or PC, you must have a webcam, microphone, and speakers. 

Zoom Meeting ID: 916 518 3956

Click her to video conference Prosecutor Ashley McSwain


As a precautionary measure to the recent outbreak of COVID-19,
The Municipal Court of Balch Springs has suspended
all court hearings indefinitely.

Defendants with scheduled Court dates  will be rescheduled and notified by mail as soon as those court dates become available.

We encourage the public to CALL in with any questions or concerns about their case(s), or to obtain more information on alternative methods of appearance and payments such as mail, web, night-box.

The Municipal Court hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:20 p.m.  972-557-6055

We apologize for any inconvenience that this may incur.


Functions


The Balch Springs Municipal Court is responsible for the adjudication of Class C misdemeanors and other state and city ordinance violations punishable by fine only. The court conducts preliminary and pretrial hearings and trials, collects fines and court costs, and issues warrants of arrest and search.

Appearing in Court


Court is held every Thursday of each month. All cases are heard at 3117 Hickory Tree Road in the Municipal Center. The law requires that you make an appearance either in person or by mail.

Citations


If you were issued a citation, you have 20 calendar days from the date the citation was issued to enter a plea, pay your fine and costs, or set a court date.

Released on Bond


If you have been released on a bond, you must contact the court for your court date (unless otherwise stated on the bond). Failure to appear according to the terms of your bond may result in a bond forfeiture lawsuit being filed against you and a warrant being issued for your arrest.

Case Filed by a Complainant


If a complainant is filed in your case, you will be notified by regular mail of your court appearance.

Court Dates


Court is held every Thursday.

Court Dockets


View Court Dockets in the Archive Center

Surety Bonds


Attorney Surety Bond (PDF)