HOW SHOULD I DRESS FOR COURT?
Business attire is preferred. You may not wear tank tops, bare midriff tops, halter tops, shorts, or any other clothing either too casual, too revealing, or inappropriate.
This applies to ALL individuals who enter the courtroom.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT WHEN I COME TO COURT?
Plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled court time. Upon arrival, check in with court staff. Courtrooms are unlocked approximately 15 minutes prior to the scheduled court time. Please check the monitors outside of the courtroom. If you do not see your name on the monitor, check your case status with the customer service staff.
WHAT ARE MY PLEA OPTIONS?
The court marshal will address the gallery prior to the court session to explain your plea options and review the basic court session process.
- Not Guilty: You will be given a trial date. Any questions you or your attorney may have prior to the trial need to be directed to the City Attorney's Office, Criminal Division.
- Guilty or Nolo Contendere (No Contest): You will be sentenced by the Judge.
HOW CAN I PAY MY FINE?
- Online - Make your payment using the secure on-line payment process if your case is eligible (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card, and E-Check).
- By Mail - Mail your payment to Henderson Municipal Court, PO Box 95050 - MS621, Henderson, NV 89015. Please write your case number on your check to ensure proper credit (personal check, money order, certified check, or cashier's check).
- In Person - Make your payment in person at the Municipal Court, located on the 3rd floor of the Justice Facility. Our business hours are Monday - Thursday, 7:45 AM until 5:00 PM excluding holidays. Accepted forms of payment are cash, personal check, money order, certified check, cashier's check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
- Via Drop Box - the Henderson Municipal Court drop box is located outside the entrance to the Justice Facility. Accepted forms of payment are personal check, money order, certified check, or cashier's check.
- Checks and money orders should be made payable to Henderson Municipal Court.
MUST I APPEAR IN COURT FOR MY CITATION?
You must appear if:
- You are a juvenile. A parent or legal guardian must also accompany you.
- Your citation indicates that you have a MANDATORY COURT APPEARANCE.
- You wish to plead not guilty.
- You wish to speak with the judge about your citation.
You are not required to appear on your scheduled court date if:
- You wish to plead No Contest or Guilty and pay the citation. The total amount due is located at the lower right corner of the citation. Demerit points will be reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles, if applicable.
- You wish to plead No Contest or Guilty and complete traffic safety school to have your citation amended to a non-moving violation. Requests for traffic safety school may be made at the customer service windows or via the secure on-line payment portal prior to your scheduled court date. Traffic safety school does not reduce the total fine.
Failure to complete traffic safety school and fine payment by the due date will result in the original violation conviction being reported to the DMV. You may not request traffic safety school if you have been issued a Commercial Driver’s License. Per 49 CFR Part 384.226, the practice of reducing charges, altering speeds, or allowing CDL drivers to attend traffic safety school is specifically prohibited.
I AM VISITING FROM OUT-OF-TOWN AND I AM LEAVING BEFORE MY COURT DATE. CAN I SEE A JUDGE EARLIER THAN MY SCHEDULED COURT DATE?
Yes. If you live outside of Clark County and your traffic citation doesn’t indicate that your appearance is mandatory, you may request to appear before the judge at the next available Traffic Arraignment hearing. You will need to appear at the customer service windows to make the request. Please bring your copy of the traffic citation with you.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME TO COURT?
Please bring your copy of the citation. Any documentation for insurance, registration, license violations, or equipment repairs should be brought with you to present to the Judge in court.
WHERE CAN I PARK?
A 364-space parking garage is available at 235 S Water Street. Entrances to the parking garage are located on Water Street and Texas Avenue.
CAN I SPEAK WITH A PUBLIC DEFENDER?
Yes, if they have been appointed to your case. Public Defenders will only be appointed if the City is seeking a jail sentence on your charge and you meet the federal guidelines for appointment of a Public Defender. If the Court appoints the Public Defender on your case, that attorney will be present at your arraignment, trial, and sentencing. If no jail time is requested, a Public Defender will not be made available to you.
I WAS ORDERED TO COMPLETE SPECIFIC PROGRAMS (COUNSELING, MEETINGS, WORK PROGRAM, ETC.) AS PART OF MY SENTENCE. WHERE CAN I COMPLETE THEM?
Please contact Special Programs and Services office at (702) 267-1350 or visit their website for your options.
HOW CAN I GET A COPY OF THE POLICE REPORT?
For a police report, contact the Records Division of the Henderson Police Department at (702) 267-4700.
HOW CAN I REQUEST DISCOVERY?
For Discovery, contact the Henderson City Attorney's Office, Criminal Division at (702) 267-1370.
HOW DO I SEAL MY RECORDS?
For Sealing Records, contact the Henderson City Attorney's Office, Criminal Division at (702) 267-1370.
WHY DOES THE NEVADA REVISED STATUTE SAY MY FINE SHOULD BE A CERTAIN AMOUNT BUT WHEN I AM SENTENCED, MY FINE IS MUCH MORE?
An administrative assessment is added to each fine amount due to Nevada Revised Statue: NRS 176.059, NRS 176.0611, and NRS 176.0613.