RUNAWAY BAY MUNICIPAL COURT

Location:
101 Runaway Bay Drive - Map
Runaway Bay, Texas
Phone:
940-575-2511

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday - 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
Holiday Schedule

City of Runaway Bay Municipal Court appointment & fees October 2016.pdf

Municipal Judge: Mary Beth Henry


The Municipal Court of the City of Runaway Bay was created by ordinance at the time of city incorporation.

Jurisdiction

This Court shall have exclusive original jurisdiction within the municipality with power to hear and determine all cases of alleged violations of municipal ordinances and all other cases over which municipal courts are given jurisdiction by the State of Texas. The rules prescribed by state law that govern trials in the state justice of the peace court shall govern the procedures and practices of the Municipal Court.

This court is a court of non-record with subject matter jurisdiction over fine-only offenses punishable by fine and any sanctions authorized by statute not consisting of confinement in jail. All cases arising under the ordinances of the City of Runaway Bay are punishable by a fine of up to $500 and up to $2000 for violations involving fire safety, zoning, public health, and sanitation. Most Class C misdemeanors involving the traffic code are punishable by a fine of up to $200, plus State and local court costs.

Judicial Duties

In the City of Runaway Bay, your judge is a public official who is appointed by the City Council to administer laws and perform judicial and ministerial duties. The term of office runs concurrent with the office of Mayor.

The State of Texas requires a judge to maintain their professional competence by attending a 32-hour training session their first year in office and continuing with 12-hour sessions each following year. Municipal Courts see more defendants than all other state courts combined.

Court Costs

State legislated court costs provide funding for crime stoppers organizations, breath alcohol testing programs, training of police management personnel, law enforcement personnel, continuing legal education for judges and court personnel, indigent defense, compensation to victims of crime, state jury fund, as well as to the state general fund.

By city ordinance, this court also collects a local technology fund used to finance the purchase of or to maintain technological enhancements for the court and a local building security fund used to finance items for the purpose of security services for buildings housing a municipal court.

If you want to speak with the judge in person, it is suggested that you call for a court time if you cannot make your original court appearance.