In an effort to reach the City’s diverse Hispanic population, the City of Houston’s Municipal Court is hosting Mini Municipal Court Clinics on May 14, 15 and 17, 2013 in predominately Hispanic neighborhoods. The mini court clinics are designed to help citizens understand how to handle court business in the Municipal Courts.
“Our role in the justice system is crucial because we will often be the only court most citizens will ever encounter. Municipal Courts Week activities enable those we serve to become better acquainted with the various services available to them to help them take care of their court matters,” said Director and Presiding Judge, Barbara E. Hartle.
The mini courts initiative is an extension of the success of the annual statewide Municipal Courts Week (held every November), when the Municipal Courts Department partners with the Houston Health and Human Services Department and the Houston Library Department to host the clinics throughout the city.
For this event, two of the busiest Multi-Service Centers in Hispanic neighborhoods will be used, as well as the newly renovated Stanaker Library. These Mini Court Clinics will help people obtain information about their court case(s), warrants, and other helpful court and public safety information, which include distracted driving prevention.
The clinics will be held for 3 to 4 hours, Tuesday, May 14th, Wednesday, May 15th and Friday, May 17, 2013.
The City of Houston Municipal Courts, which annually handles over 1.2 million civil and criminal cases, such as traffic offenses and city ordinance violations, is among the largest court systems in the United States.
For more information regarding Municipal Courts, please visit the website at www.houstontx.gov/courts, or call the City’s Helpline at 3-1-1 or 713.837.0311, if outside of Houston.
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