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  • 260 Rachal Avenue
    P. O. Box 846
    Bridge City, TX 77611

    Tel: (409) 735-6801
    Fax: (409) 735-3349
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    The Trial
    Going to Trial
    If you enter a Not Guilty plea and have indicated the type of trial you wish, you must keep the Court informed of your current mailing address to assure your notification of your trial date. You will be notified within three weeks of your trial date. Requests for continuances must be made in writing no less than five (5) working days prior to the trial date. If you have witnesses that must be subpoenaed, you will need to provide the Court with a list of witnesses, their addresses and telephone numbers, to the Clerk at least (10) working days prior to trial date. There is a fee for subpoenaing witnesses.

    Preliminary hearings will be held approximately two to three weeks prior to your trial date. Call the Court for the exact date. Pretrial hearings are held at 1:30 p.m. in the Bridge City Municipal Court.  If Pretrial Hearings are set there will be a link at bottom of page for cases scheduled for Pretrial Hearings.

    At trial, you may bring your own attorney or you may act as your own attorney. You will be able to ask questions of the officer and State witnesses and the Prosecutor will be able to question your witnesses. The State will first present their case and then you will present yours. It is best to have a list of questions prepared. You can testify on your behalf, but are not required to do so and it will not be held against you.  If Bench and/or Jury Trials are set there will be a link at bottom of page for cases scheduled.

    Bench Trials
    A bench trial is one
    where the judge hears the evidence presented and makes a ruling.

    The Judge will then assess your punishment.

    Bench trials are scheduled as needed, and they will follow the Jury trials.
    Jury Trials
    A jury trial is one where a panel of 6 jurors will preside over your case. They will hear the case and determine the verdict. At your request, they will assess your punishment; otherwise, the Judge will assess your punishment.

    Jury trials are scheduled as needed, and they are heard prior to the bench trials.

    Your Right to Appeal

    You have the right to appeal the conviction of any charge filed in this Court. You must do so within ten (10) days of the verdict. If it is received after the tenth day, it will have to be approved by the Judge. A Motion to Appeal must be filed with the Bridge City Municipal Court. An appeal bond must be filed in the County Court at Law. Once an appeal has been filed, this Court relinquishes jurisdiction.


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