Municipal Court

Mission:

To serve all citizens in a courteous, efficient, and professional manner and to provide a forum for justice to ensure that all citizens served by the Glenn Heights Municipal Court are treated fairly and equally, without regard to race, sex or religion, while abiding by all applicable guidelines and laws.

Responsibilities:

The clerk is responsible for collecting court fines and fees, maintaining all court records, setting dockets, processing clerical work, and to perform administrative duties delegated by the Municipal Court Judge.

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                    01/30/2017 - 02/01/2017 closed for training

Requests are NOT granted the day of court. 

Judge M. Armstrong requires a written request submitted seven business days before your scheduled court appearance. This request from must include the reason why you cannot appear, must be signed, dated, and include address and telephone number or it shall be denied automatically. Requests less than four days before court will be heard at the start of court. Request for Reset Form

Deferred Disposition may now be requested online at the time of payment. Go to Online Payments. You are required to submit the signed request with a copy of your driver's license or request will be denied.

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Pay Plans with half down may be available. 972-223-1690. You must apply in person with ID to complete paperwork. 

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In the fall of 2016, Judge Armstrong personally engaged the community on the importance of traffic safety and the dangers and costs of impaired driving.  Judge Armstrong volunteered with a local vendor and had an ignition interlock device (IID) and camera installed in her personal vehicle for 30 days.  

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An IID user can never be in a hurry and must use a specific technique to blow into the device to start their vehicle and avoid failing any tests.  With the use of a camera, the blower must also be the driver.  If an offender gets a friend to blow, they must first teach the friend the proper hum-infused blowing technique for the device.   Sure, this sounds simple.  But, it took Judge Armstrong nearly 20 minutes and becoming lighted from multiple tries with the instructor before she mastered the proper ignition start technique.


Not only does the IID require the driver to test for alcohol while driving, it also imposes other societal or professional challenges for some while driving. First, others saw Judge Armstrong in her car blowing to start the ignition and they immediately had various thoughts and negative facial expressions about her.   Then, there’s the shame of drivers explaining to their children, co-workers and other passengers why they must blow into a machine to start the car.  Also, drivers like Judge Armstrong could no longer valet park because no company will risk liability by blowing your device just to park your car. Also, the driver’s auto mechanic must call the IID company to bypass the system with a confidential code, and if you drive a company car, then your employer must know about your IID and approve the device, which could subject you to problems and even termination at work. 

When inviting others to ride with Judge Armstrong or when sharing her experiences with family, colleagues or friends, they all expressed wonderment about why anyone would volunteer for such a device in their car. They also expressed frustration at the thought of having to: 1.  blow to go, 2. blowing to keep going and 3. doing everything to avoid being locked out of their car where the ignition switch will be disabled from the driver’s use.  Such a lockout could require an expensive tow to the vendor to clear the system to allow the owner the ability to start their car again.



A second brief video of Judge Armstrong is posted of her undergoing a calibration at the vendor’s office.  During calibration, the device and camera are connected to the vendor’s computer and all information and activities that occurred on the device are uploaded to the courts, probation officers, court coordinators and judges. The driver never sees the uploaded information and, therefore, has no idea of exactly how or when he/she failed a test or how to circumvent the system.  The calibration takes a few minutes and once the driver pays the monthly fee, they are free to leave.


National Night Out 2016


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