Who Must Appear

Mandatory Appearances for Traffic Violations

Persons charged with the traffic violations listed below MUST appear in person in Court on the date on their ticket:

  • Driving While Suspended
  • Operating without Proof of Financial Liability
  • Speeding 26+ mph over posted limit
  • Driver under 18 years of age (must appear with parent or guardian)
    • exception; drivers under 18 who are charged with seat belt violations do not need to appear.
  • School Bus Stop Arm Violations
  • Speeding in Work Zone While Workers are Present
  • Learner's Permit Violation
  • All other Traffic Violations may admit the violation and pay in advance.

Mandatory Appearance for Non-Traffic Violations

All non-traffic violations of City Ordinance must appear in Court unless an agreement is reached with the City Attorney.

If you reside outside the state of Indiana and are charged with an offense where you must appear in court, you should contact the clerk of the court regarding your court appearance.

All persons under 18 years of age must appear in court with a parent or guardian (except for seat belt violations).

If you are hearing impaired and require the services of an interpreter, please notify the court at least 48 hours in advance of your court date so that an interpreter can be obtained for your court session.

 Appearing In Court

If your charge(s) is not a "Must Appear" and you still want to appear in open court, you may do so. Your court date is your initial hearing date, which is located at the bottom of your ticket. If you are unable to appear on your scheduled date, you may contact the court to reschedule your initial hearing date at 317-595-3130. You are allowed one continuance. The continuance will be denied if the only reason is it being requested is to allow for more time to pay the ticket.

Note: The appearance date on the bottom of your ticket is for your initial hearing only. The officer who issued the ticket is not required to be present for your initial hearing.

Trials

Testimony

At the trial, the officer who issued the ticket, and/or other witnesses will testify. You will have the opportunity to ask the officer and/or other witnesses questions about their testimony after they have given it. You will also be allowed to tell the Judge your side of what occurred. All testimony must be given under oath or affirmation to be considered. You may also present other evidence in your own behalf, including photographs, diagrams, written documents, and the testimony of other witnesses.

Evidence

The Prosecutor or City Attorney has the burden of proving that you committed the offense(s) with which you are charged by a preponderance of the evidence. You do not have to be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Enough evidence has to be presented for the Judge to find that it is more likely than not that you committed the offense(s) with which you are charged.

If you wish to present evidence in digital form, whether a photograph, video, map, diagram, or document, you must have the evidence saved on CD, DVD, or flash drive that can be marked as an Exhibit, and will become the property of the Court Reporter. The court will not consider any digital media that are contained on a cell phone or other personal electronic device that is not retained by, and become the property of the Court Reporter.

Continuance

Except for emergencies, you must request a continuance more than 48 hours before your trial. The court generally allows one continuance for the person charged. The continuance will be denied if the only reason is it being requested is to allow for more time to pay the ticket.

Judgment

If you do not appear for your trial, the Judge is permitted to enter a default judgment against you. The court will then certify the judgment and a failure to appear will be sent to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and your driving privileges will be suspended.

If you have any questions, please contact the court staff at 317-595-3130.