The Municipal Court of the City of Biloxi has jurisdiction over all traffic offenses and misdemeanor criminal violations that occur within the city limits of the City of Biloxi.
If you are unsure of the location of the traffic charge or misdemeanor arrest, review your ticket or bond release information for the proper venue.
This court does not have jurisdiction of felony cases or juvenile criminal arrests but does have jurisdiction of juveniles charged with traffic offenses (including DUI), liquor law violations, tobacco violations, and those juveniles who have been certified as adults or previously arrested as an adult.
Appropriate dress is required. No shorts, no bare shoulders, no low-cut tops, and no cell phones, food, drinks or gum are allowed in the courtroom.
The first appearance in Municipal Court is called an arraignment. At this time you will be called upon to enter a plea (or answer) to the charge preferred against you.
You may plead guilty indicating that you admit you committed the offense and wish to waive your right to a trial; no contest indicating that you do not admit the charge but do NOT wish to contest the charge; or not guilty indicating to the court that you wish to contest the charge and are exercising your right to a trial.
Should you plead guilty or no contest the case will proceed immediately to the sentencing phase.
You are still permitted to appeal your case to County Court should you so desire. Should you plead not guilty you will receive a trial date at some point in the near future.
Arraignments are always on Mondays. Your ticket or bond will indicate the time of day: anyone actually arrested and released on bond is scheduled for the 9 a.m. docket and anyone issued a ticket and released on scene is scheduled for the 1 p.m. docket. Failure to appear for arraignment will result in a warrant for your immediate arrest.
Trials are held on either Wednesday or Thursday. In municipal courts in this state, trials are by judge only. You may be represented by an attorney authorized to practice in this state or you may represent yourself.
If you choose to represent yourself, you must conform to all rules of court including rules of evidence. No court may lessen this requirement simply because you are not legally trained. In a trial you are also entitled to certain rights, including:
- Right to a copy of the affidavit.
- Right to hear all testimony against you.
- Right to cross examine witnesses against you.
- Right to testify on your own behalf.
- Right to decline to testify without any inference drawn against you.
- Right to call witnesses on your own behalf. Should you need to subpoena witnesses the clerk will do so if you provide a list of the witnesses and their addresses at least 10 days prior to trial.
Should you fail to appear for trial these rights are waived and the case may be tried without you. If you are found guilty, a warrant will be issued for your immediate arrest.
Payment of traffic tickets before court date
Mississippi law allows you to prepay a traffic ticket prior to the court date. The back of your ticket has more information about doing so.
Should you prepay there is no need to report to court. This is allowable only for tickets given at the scene without a formal arrest.
Some traffic violations require a formal arrest and booking and attendance at arraignment is mandatory.
Payment of fines
Payment of Money and Community Service
The Biloxi Municipal Court may require you to pay money if you plead guilty or are convicted of an offense. If you are found NOT GUILTY, the Court will NOT require you to pay money.
The Court will consider your ability to pay when setting the amount of money you owe and any payment schedule. If you cannot afford to pay, the Court may require you to do work to help the community instead.
You may pay the full amount that you owe on sentencing day. If you are unable to pay in full, the Court may place you on a Payment Plan. The Court will consider your ability to pay when setting the payment schedule.
YOUR RIGHTS: If you receive a notice that you owe money to the Court or did not complete community service, you have the following legal rights:
You have the right to a court hearing before the court can jail you.
The court will NOT put you in jail if you are not able to pay.
You MUST appear in court. You could be jailed if you do not.
You have the right to have a lawyer help you at the hearing.
A lawyer can help you avoid jail.
A lawyer can help you explain that you do not have the money to pay or could not complete community service.
You have the right to ask the Judge to appoint a lawyer to help you at the hearing.
You can ask the Judge to make you pay nothing for the lawyer.
AT THE COURT HEARING:
The Judge will decide whether you can pay.
If you cannot pay, the Judge will decide whether you can pay less or nothing at all, whether you can pay later, and whether you can work to help the community instead of paying.
If you were not able to complete community service, the Judge will decide whether to require fewer hours or provide another alternative.
The Judge may decide that you did not pay even though you had the money. The Judge may decide that you did not work for the community even though you were able. Only then, may the Judge sentence you to jail.
You MUST appear in court on the date set on the notice.
FAILURE TO APPEAR may result in your arrest.
You must keep the Court informed of your mailing and residence address.
As soon as reasonably possible after a change in address, you should complete the Notice of Change of Address and deliver it to the Biloxi Municipal Court Clerk at 170 Porter Avenue, Biloxi, Mississippi 39530, by one of the following means:
(1) U.S. Mail,
(2) hand delivery to the Biloxi Municipal Court Administrator/Clerk’s office, or
(3) email to email@example.com.
You may access the Notice of Change of Address form by clicking here.
Mississippi law allows the Court to send an offender to driving school under certain conditions school to keep the offense off your driving record.
If you have not had a moving violation in the past three years you should be eligible for what is called non-adjudication.
This provides that the violation is not subject to public view and is allowed under the following conditions: (1) that you possess a valid Mississippi license; (2) that you have had no conviction for a moving violation in this state or any other state within the last three years; (3) that you pay the applicable fine; (4) that you pay an additional service fee of $10; and (5) that you attend a four-hour traffic safety violator course approved by the court