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Coffee City Municipal Court

Municipal Court Judge - Shellena Bivens

Prosecutor - Robert Sterken

Coffee City Municipal Court-
7019 Pleasant Ridge Road
Coffee City, TX 75763
Phone: (903) 876-3414 Option 1
Fax: (903) 876-2433

Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. except on designated holidays.

Rules of the Court

THE COURT DOES NOT ACCEPT TELEPHONE CALLS AS AN APPEARANCE BEFORE THE COURT.

ROLE OF THE JUDGE

The judge ensures that all persons before the court are treated fairly and equally. The judge ensures that the orders of the court are followed. The judge presides over all trials and hearings on other matters. The judge sets the terms and conditions of deferred dispositions and other sentences.

ROLE OF THE CLERK

The clerks are the administrators of the court. They carry out the orders of the judge and the procedures and policies mandated by the state or other authority. They may not change the court’s orders or make exceptions to the court’s rules for any individual. They may not give you legal advice or interpret the law for you. They may not tell you what they think the judge or the prosecutor will do in your case. They can answer factual questions regarding the information they have.

ROLE OF THE PROSECUTOR

The prosecutor is the attorney for the City and the State. The prosecutor is not your attorney. You have the right not to speak to the prosecutor. If you choose to speak to the prosecutor, be aware that any statement you make may be used against you should you choose to proceed to trial.

The Coffee City Municipal Court is responsible for the adjudication of all Class "C" misdemeanor laws established by State Law and City Ordinance within the territorial limits of the City of Coffee City. Operations include conducting bench trials, jury trials, pre-trials, and show cause hearings. The court also issues arrest warrants, capias pro fines, and collects fines and fees. Notice - Weapons Prohibited
Pursuant to Texas Penal Code 46.03, any weapon is prohibited from the Municipal Court. Other than law enforcement personnel, at no time may an individually legally carry a weapon into court. Secondly, the Court Room, where the City Council Meetings are held, is subject to open meetings requirements, Chapter 551, Government Code. Therefore, weapons are prohibited from the Court Room at City Hall.

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