FBTX ~ Farmers Branch Municipal Court has brought traffic tickets back to the future, keying on a new trend in technology to offer a virtual courtroom, affording the opportunity for most Class C misdemeanor cases to be handled online.
Court Administrator Kevin Barrett said Farmers Branch is the first City in Texas to employ this new platform.
“The new application allows citizens to engage with the court on a wide range of issues that will mean they don’t have to miss work, find a babysitter or wait in long lines just to be heard,” he explained. “The City has worked diligently to develop a cutting-edge project which brings the court into everyone’s hand in the form of a mobile device or any internet-capable computer.”
In addition to most Class C traffic citations, Mr. Barrett said people will be able to handle warrants and first-time violator code enforcement complaints.
“For traffic tickets, people can plead guilty, no contest, or not guilty and provide the court information about their situation,” he added. “People can set up payment plans, resolve a warrant or provide proof that they have corrected a code enforcement violation.”
On the other end of the process is a clerk, judge or prosecutor, depending on a series of workflows, reviewing the information and making decisions. Citizens will have the ability to track their citation all the way through the process at any given time with real time email and text updates.
“The City of Farmers Branch believes that access to justice should be extended to all people,” Mr. Barrett concluded. “We are embarking on a journey which will further this core belief and raise the bar in allowing a more effective and efficient tool to access justice.”
To find out more, go online at www.farmersbranchtx.gov/ecourt.