According to State Law, persons 16 years of age or younger MUST appear in person with a parent or legal guardian before the Municipal Court Judge. PLEASE DO NOT MAIL YOUR FINE PAYMENT; payment cannot be accepted prior to the court appearance. The Judge is available every Wednesday from from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Alcohol / Tobacco Offenses
According to State Law, minors under age of 18 with alcohol or tobacco violations must appear with a parent or legal guardian before the Municipal Court Judge. Minors ages 18 to 21 with alcohol violations must also appear in person before the Municipal Court Judge. The North Richland Hills Municipal Court Judge is available every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Northeast Tarrant Teen Court
North Richland Hills, Haltom City and Watauga have partnered together to create the Northeast Tarrant Teen Court as an alternative to the traditional justice system. Available to teenagers who receive Class C tickets, Teen Court allows youths the opportunity to avoid paying the associated fines and having the offense on their record by successfully completing community service based sentences and terms determined by a jury of their peers. Defendants must plead guilty or nolo contendere to their charge(s) and request the Teen Court Program to the Municipal Judge. Learn more about Teen Court.