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 fines, state assessments, fees, court costs, and restitution. If you plead guilty or are convicted of a misdemeanor, the Biloxi Municipal Court may impose fines, state assessments, fees, court costs, and/or restitution (“legal financial obligations” or “LFOs”). If you are found NOT GUILTY, the Court will NOT impose an LFO. You may pay the full amount of any LFO imposed upon you for a misdemeanor offense on the day of sentencing. If you are unable to pay in full on sentencing day, the Biloxi Municipal Court may place you on a Payment Plan administered by the Clerk of Court. The Court shall consider your ability to pay when setting the payment schedule.
The U.S. Constitution requires safeguards when collecting LFOs. No person shall be imprisoned for nonpayment of LFOs solely because they are unable to pay. A person may ONLY be jailed for nonpayment of a fine, fee, court cost, state assessment, or restitution following a court hearing where the Court considers the person’s ability to pay, efforts to secure resources, and alternatives to incarceration, and concludes, based on specific evidence, that the person willfully failed to pay, failed to make sufficient efforts to secure money to pay, or that no adequate alternatives to incarceration exist.
Your rights: Any person who has not paid an LFO according to the terms of a Payment Plan has the right to a Compliance Hearing and the right to be represented by legal counsel for defense against possible incarceration for nonpayment of an LFO. If you are indigent, you also have a right to court-appointed counsel at no cost. The Biloxi Municipal Court Procedures for Legal Financial Obligations and Community Service seek to protect these rights and set forth the procedures the Court will follow.
Your duty: It is your duty to keep the Biloxi Municipal Court informed of your mailing and residence address. As soon as reasonably possible after a change in your mailing and/or residence 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
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