City of Canton Municipal Court provides an accessible legal forum for individuals to have their court matters heard in a fair and efficient manner while providing a high level of integrity, professionalism and customer service.
Please wear a face mask to your court appearance.
Court Operating Procedures in Response to COVID-19
Court Dates & Time
Arraignments: 9 a.m. & 2 p.m.
January 13, February 10, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 2, July 14, August 04, September 8, October 13, November 10 & December 1
Trials: 9 a.m.
January 27, February 24, March 24, April 21, May 26, June 16, July 28, September 29, October 27, November 17 & December 8
How To Pay Your Citation
- Online: www.ezcourtpay.com
- In Person: at the Public Safety and Municipal Court Building located at 151 Elizabeth Street
- By Phone: 1-800-262-0128
Accident reports can be picked up at the Police Department. There is a $5 fee.
Dress Code & Rules
By order of the Honorable Municipal Court Judge and the Chief of Police, the following is the enforced dress code of the City of Canton Municipal Court. Failure to comply with the dress code will result in you being denied immediate access to Municipal Court and having your hearing postponed until the end of the court session.
- You should dress business casual.
- All shirts must be tucked within your pants
- All pants must be worn at waist level
- No Pajamas
- Shorts / Mini Skirts
- Torn Pants
- Tank Tops / No Bare Shoulders
- Halter Tops
- Wallets with Chains
- Sweat Bands / Doo Rags
- Visible Undergarments
- Garments with inappropriate graphics or wording
- All electronic devices must be turned off or placed in silent mode
- No cameras or audio recording devices are allowed within the Municipal Court, without prior approval of the court
- No purses or bags will be allowed within the Municipal Court
- Only case related documentation is allowed within the Municipal Court
Smoking is prohibited in Brown Park, on City of Canton streets and sidewalks.
All documentation is subject to inspection.
Frequently asked questions
What happens if I missed my court date for a traffic ticket?
If a court date is missed on a traffic citation, a 10-day notice will be mailed along with another court appearance letter to appear in court the following Wednesday after you missed your court date. If the defendant does not adhere to the second attempt, the suspension process will go forth.
Can I reschedule / continue my court date?
Do I need to be in court the day I am scheduled?
If you were given a court date and time, you will need to either appear and plea or ask for trial, or pay the ticket (if applicable) prior to court. If you do not appear, you are subject to having your driver's license suspended (in the case of traffic charges) or having a warrant issued for your arrest (in the case of criminal charges).
Something unexpected has come up (e.g. illness, car issues, etc.) and I cannot make my court date. Can you tell the judge / officer or continue my case?
Your case will be heard as scheduled unless you can provide written documentation as to why you could not make your court date as scheduled. This documentation will need to be provided at least 24 hours before the date of your trial for review. If you do not receive resolution on your court date, you will need to contact the court services at 601-859-9291.
Can I represent myself?
What is the procedure for entering a plea to a criminal charge?
Can I plead by phone?
Can I appear earlier than my trial date and time and speak with the judge?
What type of payments do you accept?
When do I have to have my fine?
Can I pay my fine online?
Can I pay my fine over the phone?
Can I pay my ticket and still plead not guilty?
Payment indicates a guilty plea and forfeiture of fine monies. Appearing on your court date gives you a chance to ask for a reduction in fines or plead not guilty.
Why do I have to pay court costs when I didn't go to court?
Municipal Court Clerk
Hon. Lilia Durham
Canton Municipal Court
555 Hwy 243 W, Canton, Texas 75103
(903) 567-1500 / fax (903) 567-1450
TO PAY YOUR FINE ONLINE, CLICK HERE.
To pay by phone, please call 1-800-444-1187
This information is given to you as a courtesy to assist you in making disposition of your offense(s). If you wish to contest your offense(s), a plea of NOT GUILTY must be entered in writing/ or in person on/or before the report date shown on your citation. You will be notified of your court date.
A plea of GUILTY/ NO CONTEST waive your right to trial. Payment must be received in the court by mail or in person on/or before report date shown on citation. Submit payment on/or before report date by money order or cashier’s check. NO PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Credit Card payments called in our office will add a 3% charge. Using the link on webpage will advise you of those charges.
Expired drivers license and/or expired inspection (M.V.I) certificates offenses may be dismissed with proof of renewal and a $20.00 administrative fee on/ or before the report date on citation. Expired Vehicle Registration offenses may be dismissed with proof of renewal and payment of penalty and a $20.00 administrative fee on or before the date shown on citation.
You may make your fine payment online by clickinghere.
For example, when a defendant charged with felony murder is arrested, and charges are filed with the Canton Municipal Court, the defendant is transported from the Stark County Jail to the Court for arraignment. The Judge will set bond and a date for a preliminary hearing. The preliminary hearing must be set within ten to fifteen days. Within that period, the Grand Jury may directly indict the defendant, and the case then becomes the jurisdiction of the Common Pleas Court, dismissed at the Municipal level. If the defendant is not directly indicted, the Municipal Court holds a preliminary hearing.
At that hearing the Canton City Prosecutors represent the State of Ohio, and the defendant is represented by private counsel or the public defender's office. The Judge hears evidence from both sides and determines if there is probable cause that a felony has been committed. If so, the case is ordered bound over to the Common Pleas Court. If probable cause is found that a misdemeanor was committed, the case is retained in the Municipal Court for adjudication and assigned to a Judge.
Misdemeanor cases account for the majority of work in the Canton Municipal Court. There is an average of 4,700 misdemeanor criminal cases and 12,500 court appearance required traffic cases filed anually in the Criminal/Traffic Division. Some of the most common filed are Domestic Violence (1,200/year), Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (1,100/year) and Driving Under a Suspended License (3,000/year). All carry potential jail time and some of these cases result in jury trials that may last one or two days.
Misdemeanor cases tend to last far longer at the municipal level, largely because many sentences include: jail, fines, community service, house arrest, probation or some form of a counseling program. Cases often last about one to two years before they are totally disposed of at the municipal level with many resulting in bench warrants for non-compliance with the Court's sentence.
All of the aforementioned cases are filed in the Clerk's office, along with the associated filings. Some of the most common filings are: motions, journal entries, search warrants, bail bonds and various documents related to driving privileges, automobile immoblizations and forfeitures. The clerk's staff also prepares many filings for cases such as: commitments to jail, release from jail and Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle forms. In total, there are over a half million papers filed during an average year in the Criminal/Traffic Division of the Clerk's office.
Other duties performed by the Criminal/Traffic Division of the Clerk's office include: statistical reporting of cases to the Supreme Court, reporting criminal case dispositions to the Bureau of Criminal Intelligence, reporting traffic case dispositions to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and preparing a daily court schedule, tracking all defendants' commitments and releases to the Stark County Jail. In addition, one of the most important responsibilities is financial. All monies paid to the Court, such as court costs, fines, restitution and bail bonds, are collected, receipted, applied to the appropriate case and disbursed by the Clerk's office. This totals over two million dollars per year handled by the Criminal/Traffic Division alone.
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