"Safe Harbor" Amnesty Program for Defendants

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The City of Victoria Municipal Court is creating an “Open Court Day” which will be held starting at 1:00 PM on the fourth Monday of each month beginning September 25, 2017 excluding holidays.  Citizens will not be arrested or detained during “Open Court Day”. Citizens must be checked in by 1:00 PM to be seen on the docket.

On this day citizens do not have to be scheduled to come to court, but may come in and speak to the judge about any changes in their situation or any arising issues regarding citations or citation agreements. The judge will re-consider any warrant(s) and revisit each financial situation. Citizens may be approved for a second chance opportunity to dispose of fines and fees.

If the judge makes a judicial finding that a defendant is indigent and unable to pay the fine and court costs, the judge may offer alternatives to the payment of a fine, such as allowing indigent defendants to perform community service.  All community service plans must be for non-profit organizations and must be approved by the court.   

In cases of severe financial hardship, the judge has the authority to decrease the fine or number of community service hours required depending on the severity of the defendant’s financial situation.  In severe hardship situations the judge may discharge all or part of the fine and court costs, pursuant to Article 45.0491, Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. 

Defendants who do not come in voluntarily to take care of their warrants are subject to arrest in any public place and their place of employment. Defendants who are arrested will be transported and booked into the Victoria County Jail.

The court would like to assist the community in understanding the full process of successfully handling your traffic citations to avoid warrants. If you have any questions regarding this, contact the City of Victoria Municipal Court at (361) 485-3050. 

Other scheduled Open Court Dates:

  • April 23, 2018 at 1:00 P.M.
  • May 21, 2018 at 1:00 P.M.
  • June 18, 2018 at 1:00 P.M.
  • July 23, 2018 at 1:00 P.M.
  • August 27, 2018 at 1:00 P.M.


Please keep in mind that court will begin at 1:00 P.M. and the clerks will stop checking people in when the courtroom has reached capacity.

Getting Specific Information About Outstanding Warrants or Citations
To find out whether you have an outstanding warrant or citation, you may check online here or appear in person at  107 W. Juan Linn St (located at the corner of Main Street and Juan Linn Street).