The primary function of the Municipal Court is to administer justice and hold individuals accountable for their actions when found guilty of ordinance violations.The Court imposes fines and statutory fees, collects those fines and statutory fees, as well as imposes and collects restitution and other miscellaneous fees. The Court aggressively pursues those who fail to pay their fines.
- Initial Appearances are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 4:00 p.m.
- Juvenile Appearances are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 5:00 p.m.
- Pretrial Conferences are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 3:00 p.m.
- Court Trials are on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. through 9:00 p.m.
Juvenile (Under age 17) Non-Traffic Ordinances
Some violations are mandatory court violations requiring a parent to accompany the juvenile. Other violations do not require a court appearance if you do not wish to contest the violations. It will state on your citation if your violation requires a court appearance.
If you do not wish to contest your violation, AND your violation does not require a court appearance, a cash deposit in the amount stated on the face of your citation may be made payable to McFarland Municipal Court. In that situation, if your payment is made prior to the scheduled court appearance date, your non-appearance will be considered a plea of No Contest and the cash deposit will usually serve as the fine/forfeiture for the offense, however, the Court is not bound to accept the amount listed on the citation as the fine/forfeiture for the violation and may impose a different penalty and/or summon you to appear in Court at a later date.
The Municipal Court will provide interpreter services for people who qualify under the Americans With Disabilities Act and for juveniles and/or the juveniles' parents, and can prove their inability to pay for these services.
If you believe you qualify for these services please contact the Municipal Court Clerk as soon as possible.
If you do not speak English and wish to bring a friend with you to court to help you understand the proceedings, please feel free to do so.
Interpreter services are also available to you for a fee and a current list can be obtained by calling the Court Clerk.