Cases heard by the Beaumont Municipal Court are Class C criminal misdemeanor violations that are punishable by fine only. Jurors are randomly selected from voter registration lists. If selected, jury service is normally for one day. Jury trials are held every Tuesday. Jurors are paid at a rate of $6.00 per day.
Juror’s Rights and Responsibilities
Right to Reemployment: A private employer may not terminate the employment of a permanent employee because the employee serves as a juror. An employee whose employment is terminated in violation of this section is entitled to return to the same employment that the employee held when summoned for jury service if the employee, as soon as practical
after release from jury service, gives the employer actual notice that the employee intends to return. (Civil Practice and Remedies Code, Section 122.001).
Terminating an employee for performing jury duty is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine not to exceed $2,000 (Civil Practice & Remedies Code, Sec. 122.0021).
Failure to Answer Summons and Penalties: Any person summoned who fails to attend or who fails to remain in attendance until discharged by the court may be fined an amount not to exceed $100 for contempt (Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 45.027).
Additionally, a person shall be fined not less than $10 nor more than $100 if the person:
- Fails to attend court in obedience to the notice without reasonable excuse;
- Files a false claim of exemption from jury service (Government Code, Section 62.111).
Furthermore, if a person knowingly provides false information in a request for an exemption to be excused from jury service, the person is subject to a contempt action punishable by a fine not less than $100 or more than $1,000 (Government Code, Section 62.0141).
Proper Clothing Required: All persons entering the courtroom must be dressed appropriately so as to maintain the dignity, decorum and professional atmosphere of the court and the administration of justice. No one will be permitted in the courtroom in shorts or in any immodest or revealing wear such as halter tops or tube tops. Any clothing with offensive, vulgar, racist, sexist, obscene, or suggestive words, slogans, depictions, or pictures will not be allowed in the courtroom. Pants are to be worn at the waist. No exposed undergarments are permitted. Pants that are tattered, shredded or that exposes skin are not permitted. No hats, caps, head coverings or sunglasses may be worn in the courtroom, except with prior permission of the court.
Exempt or Disqualified: You do not need to appear in person if you are exempt or not qualified for jury service. To claim an exemption or report your disqualification you must complete the jury service exemption form, sign it, and mail or hand deliver it to the Beaumont Municipal Court.
Qualifications for Jury Service
(Govt. Code, Section 62.102)
Exemptions from Jury Service*
(Govt. Code, Section 62.106)
To serve as a juror you must meet the following qualifications:
- Be at least 18 years of age;
- Be a citizen/resident of the City of Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas. (Government Code, Section 62.501; specific to municipal courts)
- Be qualified under the Constitution and laws to vote in the county in which you are to serve as a juror (Note: you DO NOT have to be registered to vote to be qualified to vote);
- Be of sound mind and good moral character;
- Be able to read and write;
- Not have served as a juror for six days during the preceding three months in the county court or during the preceding six months in the district court;
- Not have been convicted of theft or any felony;
- Not be under indictment or other legal accusation of a misdemeanor theft, felony theft or any other felony charge.
You may be excused from jury service if:
- You are over 70 years of age;
- You have legal custody of a child less than 12 years of age and jury service would require leaving the child unsupervised;
- You are a student at a public or private high school;
- You are enrolled and attend college;
- You are an officer or an employee of the senate, the house of representatives, or any department, commission, board, office, or other agency in the legislative branch of state govt;
- You are the primary caretaker of a person who is an invalid unable to care for himself or herself (This exemption does not apply to health care workers.);
- You are a member of the U.S. military forces serving on active duty and deployed to a location away from your home station and out of your county of residence.
* You are not required to claim an exemption. It is your choice.
Expect to pay your fine in full at the time judgment is entered. We accept payments in person or you can pay online.
You may also mail payments to:Beaumont Municipal Court PO Box 3827 Beaumont, TX 77704
We will accept payments by
- Personal checks
- Personal checks will not be accepted for payments on cases that have ever been in warrant status.
- Money orders
- Cashier’s checks
- Credit cards (MasterCard and Visa).
There is a night deposit box located on the Forsythe Street side, by the door, where you may also deposit payments and correspondence. We do not recommend and the City of Beaumont is not responsible for cash sent by mail or dropped into the night deposit box.
If you are financially unable to pay your fine in full, you must qualify for any additional time to pay if you have an income. You are required to complete a lengthy financial application and you must be interviewed by a Collection Specialist.
Be aware that this process will include verification of your
- Current address
- Phone number(s)
- Source of income
- Place of employment.
Any other arrangements to satisfy fines and court costs must be made by the defendant’s personal appearance.
The Community Service Program provides an alternative payment method to defendants who may have insufficient resources or income to pay the fine and court costs assessed by the Beaumont Municipal Court.
One option to satisfy community service requirements is through a work program provided through the City of Beaumont Solid Waste Department’s litter abatement program. This program is presently offered Monday through Saturday. Participants in this program will receive a credit of $12.50 per hour toward their fines and costs for every hour worked.
Each participant will be required to read and sign the Terms and Conditions of the Community Service Program Contract, as well as keep an accurate time log (provided by the court clerk) to submit upon completion. The participant will also be required to sign a waiver of liability. The judge may also assign community service at other locations.
You must first see the judge to request community service. If community service is allowed, the judge will also set a deadline to complete the community service. When an applicant is approved for community service, he or she has (72) hours to contact the assigned supervisor to schedule the work assignment.
Driving Safety Course
If you are charged with a traffic offense under the Subtitle C. Tran. Code, you may ask the judge before the appearance date on the citation, either orally or in writing, to take a driving safety course for one charge. You may not take a driving safety course without first obtaining permission from the court. You must also pay the appropriate court costs and administrative fee. No extension will be given for defensive driving. If you were operating a motorcycle and request to take a driving safety course, you must take a motorcycle operator’s training course.
At the time of the request, you must do the following:
- Present a valid Texas drivers license;
- Present proof of financial responsibility (liability insurance); showing defendant’s name, vehicle coverage, effective and expiration date;
- Plead guilty or nolo contendere;
- Pay court costs and an administrative fee, if required.
Prosecution of the traffic offense will be postponed for 90 days to allow you time to complete the course. You are required to attend a driving safety course that has been approved by the Texas Education Agency or a motorcycle operator’s course approved by the Department of Public Safety.
You are eligible to request this course if you:
- Were charged with a moving violation;
- Have not requested and taken a driving safety course for a traffic offense within the last 12 months;
- Are not currently taking the course for another traffic violation;
- Do not hold a commercial drivers license;
- Have not committed the offense of speeding 25 mph (or more) over the speed limit;
- Have not been charged with one of the following sections of the Transportation Code:
- §472.022 – Construction zone when workers are present
- §545.066 – Passing a school bus
- §545.401 – Reckless driving
- §545.421 – Fleeing/Elude police officers
- §550.022 – Accident involving damage/Fleeing scene
- §550.023 – Duty to give information and render aid
- §522.003 – Serious traffic violations
Prior to the end of the (90) day period, you must present to the court a copy of your driving record from the Department of Public Safety. You are required to take the course within (90) days from the date of the request. You have an additional (30) days to show the court a completion certificate issued by the Texas Education Agency or the Texas Department of Public Safety. You must also have paid all required court costs and administrative fees. If you do not, the court will send you a notice requiring you to return to court and explain why you failed to show proof of completion or pay the costs and fees required. Your failure to be present at that hearing will result in a final conviction on the charge and the issuance of warrant for your arrest.