Municipal Court

Court and Judges

The Municipal Court of the City of Fredericksburg is a non-record court established by city charter in accordance with state statutes. Judges are appointed by the City Council and serve for two year terms. The Presiding Judge is Daniel Jones and the Associate Judge is James E. Heupel. The Clerk of the Court is Sally Tatsch.

Jurisdiction

The municipal court has jurisdiction in several different areas of the law including:
  • C Misdemeanors - Offenses that are punishable by a fine not to exceed $500, including public intoxication, theft under $50, disorderly conduct, alcohol and tobacco offenses involving minors, assault violations, and others.
  • City Ordinance Violations - Violations of city codes including those for fire safety, zoning public health and sanitation, animal control, and others.
  • Traffic Violations - Includes moving and non-moving violations, commercial vehicle violations, failure to maintain financial responsibility, no driver's license, driving while license invalid, and others.

Appeals

Appeals are made to the Gillespie County Court and result in a new trial in that court. Appeals are perfected by filing an Appeal Bond with the Clerk of the Municipal Court. Appeals must be filed within 10 days of judgment and before paying the fine. Payment of a fine waives the right to appeal. You may contact the Clerk of the Court for assistance.