Julie AlstonMunicipal Court Judge
Dana HowellCourt Clerk
802 Hwy. 69 South
P.O. Box 349
Huntington, Texas 75949
Phone: (936) 422-4195
Fax: (936) 876-3327
Judge Julie Alston
Judge Hours: 1:00pm to 5:00pm Monday & Thursday
Clerk Hours: 8:00am to 5:00 pm Monday – Friday
As the Judicial Branch of the government for the City of Huntington, the Municipal Court provides fair and impartial justice to all defendants. Furthermore, the Court Clerk supports the Judiciary, assists the public with courtesy and competency and manages court operations efficiently.
EAST TEXAS TEEN COURT
The City of Huntington has teamed with the City of Zavalla to form the East Texas Teen Court. Our court is a member of the Texas Teen Court Association and is presided over by Judge Julie Alston with Aimee Cloutier serving as the Court Coordinator. The Court is looking for Huntington and Zavalla High School students who would like to participate in real trials serving as either prosecuting or defense attorneys and/or jurors. This is an excellent avenue for training young people in the legal process of Court operations. The East Texas Teen Court holds trials at least once per month. Dates will be listed on the City of Huntington’s activity page on this website and also on the East Texas Teen Court’s Facebook page. For more information please call the Municipal Court in Huntington at the number listed above.
Court Information and Procedures
NOTE: The Municipal Court does not answer any legal questions of any nature. The personnel are allowed to explain Court proceedings and procedure only. If you need legal advice, please contact an attorney.
Each ticket issued sets out an appearance date. It is very important that the defendant take action on the ticket on or before the appearance date shown on the ticket. Failure to appear may result in the filing of additional criminal charges, the issuance of arrest warrants and the imposition of additional fines and costs. At the time of your first court appearance, the defendant will be advised of their rights, advised of the charges pending against them, and they will enter a plea on the case. That plea will determine if there will be further proceedings on the case.
A plea of not guilty will result in the case being set for trial, either with a jury or without a jury. A jury will be selected to hear each jury case.
A plea of guilty or no contest (nolo contendere), there will be no trial, a fine is imposed or driving safety course is offered.
Defensive Driving Course is an option to keep the citation off your record. Approval by judge or court clerk must be obtained. Completion of defensive driving course form and court fees to be paid at time of approval. Certificate of Completion must be turned in to court in a timely manner before citation is dismissed.