Role of Municipal Court

"The Wichita Falls Municipal Court is part of the Texas Judiciary, one of the three branches of government created by the Texas Constitution. The role of the court is to provide a fair, independent, and impartial forum for handling and deciding fine-only criminal cases arising within the Wichita Falls city limits. These include traffic, minor penal code, and city ordinance cases. The court provides all persons the right to trial by judge or jury and follows the procedures set forth under Texas law." -Municipal Judge Larry Gillen
Judge Larry Gillen
The Municipal Court has jurisdiction over Class C misdemeanors, traffic offenses, and violations of the Code of Ordinances that occur in the city limits of the City of Wichita Falls. The court is presided over by a full-time municipal judge who is appointed by the Wichita Falls City Council for a specified term. Four associate judges are also appointed to hear cases when the presiding judge is unavailable.
The City Attorney’s Office, through the Municipal Court Prosecutor, initiates and prosecutes all cases in Municipal Court. The Court Administrator is appointed by the City Manager to oversee the court clerks and warrant officers and manage the physical facilities of the Court.

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