Municipal Court

  1. Understand your Rights
  2. Learn about Options
  3. Respond to a Citation
  4. Plea of NO CONTEST or GUILTY
  5. Plea of NOT GUILTY
  6. Coming to Court
  7. Jury Summons
  8. Indigence
  9. Court Dates & Dockets
  10. Court Forms and Documents

Temporary Procedures due to COVID-19   

The Rockdale Municipal Court has temporarily suspended most in-person appearances until further notice.  If you received a citation, you may still reply by mail, on-line, or make a payment by phone (options and instructions are available on this site).  If you wish to appear in-person for your charge, you must contact the court clerk at 512-446-0812 prior to your appearance date to receive further information.  

The Court prefers defendants utilize the teleconferencing or email options instead of in-person appearances in order to reduce the health and safety risks.  For more information, contact the court clerk.

Notice to Vulnerable Population Individuals 

Individuals who are over age 65 and individuals with serious underlying health conditions, such as high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune systems are compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer or other conditions requiring such therapy are considered to be VULNERABLE populations.

Except for specific legal requirements, members of vulnerable populations who are scheduled for court will be accommodated by being given an opportunity to appear by teleconference, to submit necessary information in written form, or by rescheduling of the in-person hearing until a time after the COVID-19 crisis has diminished.  Contact the Court for further information or if you have any questions.

Your Rights  

You have many rights as a defendant in municipal court:  

  1. You are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
  2. You have the right to remain silent and to refuse to testify without consequences.
  3. You have the right to retain a lawyer.
  4. You may also represent yourself (as a pro se defendant).
  5. You have the right to plead guilty, not guilty, or no contest (nolo contendere).
  6. You have the right to receive a copy of the complaint before trial as well as other information the state has about your case (called "discovery").

If you need the services of an interpreter, please notify the municipal court administrator prior to your appearance in court.


Your Rights During Trial: 

  1. You have the right to a jury trial or a trial before a judge.
  2. You have the right to hear all testimony introduced against you.
  3. You have the right to cross examine witnesses who testify against you.
  4. You have the right to testify on your own behalf or refuse without consequences.
  5. You have the right to subpoena and call witnesses to testify on your behalf.
  6. You have the right to appeal within 20 days of any conviction.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to be neutral, courteous, helpful, and fair for all members of the public.

Thank you for visiting the Rockdale Municipal Court website.  It is our desire to assist the public in a positive and friendly manner that assures fair and quality customer service.  The Rockdale Municipal Court strives to provide professional court proceedings that follow all applicable laws and ensure that the rights of all persons are observed.