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Posted on: January 17, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Municipal Court to host outreach dockets to help residents resolve cases

Five people stand behind a table with a City of Victoria Municipal Court tablecloth and laptops.

PHOTO: The City of Victoria Municipal Court has been hosting outreach dockets at local nonprofits for the past year. Shown at a May 2022 docket at Mid-Coast Family Services, from left, are Municipal Court Administrator Tiffany Totah, Assistant City Attorney Ruby Boone, Victoria Police Department Detective James Collins, local attorney Jim Cole and Municipal Court Judge Vanessa Heinold.

Residents who are unable to attend traditional Municipal Court dockets will have a chance to resolve their warrants at one of the court’s scheduled outreach dockets.

The court will host the outreach dockets at the following locations:

  • Jan. 20, 9-11 a.m.: Salvation Army shelter, 1302 N. Louis St.
  • Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Christ’s Kitchen, 611 E. Warren Ave.

Tiffany Totah“Getting these warrants resolved is truly life-changing for some of our residents,” said Municipal Court Administrator Tiffany Totah. “Outstanding tickets can affect important areas of a person’s life, such as the ability to get a driver’s license. It’s so rewarding for us to be able to meet people where they are and see their relief when they’re finally able to resolve these issues.”

Court personnel will bring a laptop to look up information about cases as well as court forms that residents may need to complete. If a resident’s case needs to be reviewed by a prosecutor, staff will arrange to send the resident additional documents.

If a resident is unable to pay fines in full, other options may be available, including payment plans, fine reduction and community service.

“Hosting an outreach docket at Christ’s Kitchen has been a tremendous advantage for our community members,” said Christ’s Kitchen director Trish Hastings. “It has allowed easy resolution for our friends, and I must say that those helping with process have been so welcoming and gracious to our community—a definite win-win!”

For more information about Municipal Court services and to look up cases, visit www.victoriatx/gov/municipalcourt or call 361-485-3050.

Local organizations that wish to partner with the court for an outreach docket or other community event should fill out the form at www.victoriatx.gov/courtoutreach

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