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Jurisdiction
Legal Restrictions / Regulations
The Missouri City Municipal Court is a nonrecord criminal court established pursuant to the Texas Government Code, the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, and the Charter and Ordinances of the City of Missouri City, Texas. The court has exclusive original jurisdiction within the territorial limits of the city in all criminal cases that arise under the ordinances of the city and are punishable by a fine of up to $2,000 in cases that govern fire safety, zoning, or public health and sanitation (including dumping of refuse) and up to $500 in all other cases arising under a municipal ordinance.

The court has concurrent jurisdiction with a justice of the peace court of a precinct in which the city is located in all criminal cases arising under state law that arise within the territorial limits of the city and are punishable by "fine only" of any amount. "Fine only" means punishable by fine and such sanctions as authorized by statute not consisting of confinement in jail or imprisonment that are rehabilitative or remedial in nature.

The court also has jurisdiction in the forfeiture and final judgment of all bail bonds and personal bonds taken in criminal cases of which the court has jurisdiction. The court also has the power to punish for contempt by a fine of not more than $100 or confinement in the city jail for not more than three days, or both such a fine and confinement in jail.

Court Schedule
Arraignment dockets, where defendants appear to enter pleas of guilty, not guilty, or nolo contendere (no contest) are at 8:30 am on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays. Nonjury trials are held on the first Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of the month at 8:30 am. Jury trials are scheduled at 8:15 am on the fourth Thursday of the month.