A trial in Municipal Court is a fair, impartial and public trial as in any other court. Under Texas law, you can be brought to trial only after a sworn complaint is filed against you. A complaint is the charging instrument (document) which alleges the act you are accused of committing and that the act was unlawful. You can be tried only for what is alleged in the complaint.
The City of Rowlett Municipal Court is a court of record. Defendants must request any trial recording. See Chapter 30 of the Texas Government Code for more information.
Please be aware of the Court Dress Code.
If you choose a jury trial, you have the right to question jurors about their qualifications to hear your case during the Voir Dire (questioning of the panel). If you think a juror might not be fair, impartial or unbiased, you may ask the judge to excuse the juror. The judge will decide whether to grant your request
You are permitted to strike three members of the jury panel for any reason you desire, except an illegal reason (such as a strike based solely upon a person's race, sex or age).