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Municipal Court
Municipal Court Overview
The Farmers Branch Municipal court processes Class C misdemeanor cases only. Fines and costs may be paid in person, by mail, or online.

Judge Terry Carnes is the presiding Municipal Judge for the City of Farmers Branch. Judge Carnes has extensive experience as a Magistrate working for over 20 years as an associate judge for the City of Farmers Branch.  In 2014, he was appointed to the presiding judge position.  

The Court Division will abide by the laws of the State of Texas. Municipal Court provides the City with the adjudication of fine only Class C misdemeanor and ordinances within its boundaries. The Municipal Court is created by State statute and is also a part of City government. The Court must operate within the overall governmental context, yet maintain its independence from other governmental branches and agencies of the City.

The following video provides general information regarding the role of Municipal Courts in the State of Texas.

General Appearance Instructions

Individuals must appear in person or represented by their attorney in the Farmers Branch Municipal Court on the court date assigned by the citation or summons. An individual may choose to exercise the option to pay the citation, request drivers safety, request deferred disposition, or dispose of the case with a plea of “no contest” or "guilty" on or before the assigned court date at the Court Clerk’s Window. Please allow three to five business days from the receipt of the citation to allow the filing of the case in the Court before contacting the Court Clerk’s Office. Payments in full may be made in person, by mail or credit card via this website.

If an individual wishes to plead "not guilty," they must do so at the assigned date and time listed on the citation. 

If an individual wishes to be represented by counsel, their attorney must make a written legal representation before the assigned court date. 

A telephone call does not constitute an appearance.

Hours of Operation
Monday and Friday
8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Tuesday thru Thursday
7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.


3723 Valley View Lane
Farmers Branch, Texas 75244
@ the northeast Corner of Marsh Lane and Valley View Lane in Farmers Branch