HOUSTON – The City of Houston’s Municipal Courts will celebrate Municipal Courts Week, a statewide awareness initiative, November 7 – 10, 2011 with several events scheduled throughout the week that are open to the public.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Houston Public Library Department has partnered with the Municipal Courts to host Municipal Court Clinics at four regional libraries throughout the Houston area. The Municipal Courts Department will also hold the clinics in four Multi Service centers within the City of Houston. These Municipal Court Clinics will help people obtain information about their court case(s), warrants, and other helpful court and public safety information.
Municipal Courts Department Director and Presiding Judge, Barbara E. Hartle, wants the public to understand the purpose of the courts in our community.
“Our role in the justice system is crucial because we will often be the only court most citizens will ever encounter. Municipal Courts Week activities enable those we serve to become better acquainted with the various services available to them to help them take care of their court matters,” stated Judge Hartle.
The clinics at the libraries will be held from 3pm to 6pm and at the multi-service centers from 10am to 1pm Monday, November 7, 2011 through Thursday, November 10, 2011. The clinics are free of charge and no appointments are necessary.
Activities taking place at the Herbert W. Gee Municipal Courthouse at 1400 Lubbock include Jury Appreciation Day, Monday November 7, 2011, and High School Day, Thursday, November 10, 2011, when a group of students from the High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice will get a first-hand look at the inner workings of a court docket in progress, receive a court and jail tour, and speak with court officials.
The City of Houston Municipal Courts, which annually handles over 1.2 million civil and criminal cases such as traffic offenses and city ordinance violations, is among the largest court systems in the United States. For more information regarding the Municipal Courts, please visit the website at www.houstontx.gov/courts, or call the City's Helpline at 3-1-1 or 713.837.0311 if outside of Houston.
Citizens of Houston can take advantage of FREE clinics to obtain:
- Court status
- Warrant status
- Answers to court question
- Public Safety information
*There will be NO officers on site.
Monday, November 7, 2011
10a-1p; Sunnyside Multi-Service Center, 4605 Wilmington St.
3p-6p; Walter Library, 7600 Clarewood Dr.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
10a-1p; Southwest Multi Service Center, 6400 High Star
3p-6p; Collier Library, 6200 Pinemont Dr.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
10a-1p; Acres Homes Multi-Service Center, 6719 W. Montgomery
3p-6p; Park Place Library, 8145 Park Place Blvd.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
10a-1p; Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center, 6402 Market St.
3p-6p; Scenic Woods Library, 10677 Homestead Rd.