The law requires you to make an appearance on your case. You must contact the court within ten days of your citation, to find out when your court date is scheduled. There are several ways to appear:
You or your attorney may appear in person during open court.
You may deliver your plea in person to the clerks window.
You may deliver your plea in writing.
A payment constitutes a plea of no contest and waiver of jury trial.
If you choose to enter a plea of not guilty on your case you must appear in person during open court. See pleas for more information on entering a not guilty plea on your citation.
Court Dress Code
Proper dress is required in the courtroom. The court reserves the right to refuse to hear any case from those who fail to abide by the dress code. Proper attire does not include: hats, caps, bandannas, bare feet, flip flops, revealing clothing, ripped or torn clothing, heavily soiled clothing, obscene clothing, or visible undergarments.
The Bells Municipal Court is located at 203 S. Broadway St. Bells, TX 75414
Phone Number 903-965-7744
Municipal Court hours:
Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 The Court holds session at 203 S. Broadway at 5:30 pm on scheduled court dates.
Court Dates may be rescheduled 1 time if requested in writing.
The Court Date will then be moved to the next available scheduled court date.
Minors and Juveniles
Juveniles and persons charged with status offenses must appear in person on his or her scheduled court date.
Juvenile - A juvenile is any person under the age of 17. Juveniles must appear in person on his or her scheduled court date with a parent or legal guardian.
Status Offense – A status offense describes an offense that relates to the age of the defendant. Defendants charged with a status offense must appear in court on his or her scheduled court date. Examples of status offenses:
-Minor in Consumption of Alcohol
-Minor in Possession of Alcohol
-Driving Under the Influence – Minor
-Minor in Possession of Tobacco
-Failure to Attend School
-Any other offense that is illegal because of the age of the person at the time of the offense.