The Municipal Court provides a forum for the City of Harlingen and its citizens for consideration of matters within the court's jurisdiction. It accepts complaints of class "C" misdemeanors, bears and enters appropriate pleas, sets cases for trial and tries cases, prepares appeals, sends appeals to the County Court at Law, conducts post-arrest hearings for defendants charged with serious offenses, sets bonds, issues arrest and search warrants, conducts driver license suspension hearings, accepts fines, maintains the Court's Docket, and reports convictions to the Department of Public Safety. The City retains one full-time presiding judge and one part-time associate judge, who preside over the Municipal Court.
* The Harlingen Municipal Court does not provide or give legal advice.
* You may make your appearance in writing, in person, or through an attorney.
* If you decide to appear in person, your appearance should be made on your court date and time.
* Juvenile defendants (under 16 years of age) are required by law to appear before the court in
person and with a parent or legal guardian.
* Anyone under 21 years of age, but over 18 years of age must appear in person before the Court.
* A telephone call does not constitute an appearance.
* Continuances are not granted by telephone.
* Judge(s) will not accept phone calls from defendants.