Contacting Roy Municipal Court:
216 McNaught St
PO Box 700
Roy, WA 98580
(253) 843-0463 Fax (253) 843-0279
Business Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Roy City Hall and Roy Municipal Court are closed Thursdays.
Whenever the Court Clerk Administrator is out of the office, payments are accepted at the City Clerk-Treasurer's window at Roy City Hall, if you know your payment amount. **Please note that the City Clerk-Treasurer does not have access to court records and is only able to accept and receipt your payment.
Judge: Thomas Ellington
Court Clerk Administrator: Katy Henricksen (253) 843-0463
City Prosecutor: Anneke Berry (253) 512-2401
PO Box 97142
Lakewood WA 98497
Public Defender appointed by the Court: Christine Langley (360) 458-9272
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS, COURT PROCEDURES AND INFORMATION
What is a criminal citation?
Court Appointed Attorney (Public Defender) information
What is an infraction?
What is the difference between a Mitigation and Contested Hearing?
Is there a way to keep the infraction off my driving record?
Payment options/Failure to Pay/Collections information
Can I appeal a decision made by the Court?
What is a criminal citation?
If you receive a criminal citation, you have been charged with a crime and your appearance in court is mandatory. If you have received a ticket and the box that states "MANDATORY COURT APPEARANCE" is checked, you have received a criminal citation. Criminal citations may be issued in person or by mail from a Roy Police officer or by a summons and complaint from the Prosecutor. An appearance date is written on the citation.
Failure to appear for a mandatory court appearance will result in a bench warrant being issued for your arrest.
The Public Defender represents individuals who are accused of crimes prosecuted in Roy Municipal Court and are indigent and unable to pay for an attorney. If you meet the eligibility requirements, an attorney will be appointed to represent you for no cost or a small fee. The Public Defender handles criminal and non-criminal cases only. If you wish to be screened to see if you meet the eligibility requirements to be represented by the Public Defender, an Indigency Form will be given to you to fill out. If the Public Defender is appointed by the court, the clerk will give you contact information for your attorney.
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An infraction is act which is prohibited by law but which is not legally defined as a crime. If you received an infraction, it will have “Traffic” or “Non Traffic” Infraction checked on your ticket. You must respond to your infraction within 15 days from the date issued by following the instructions given at the bottom of the ticket. If you do not respond or appear for your court hearing, the infraction will be found committed and may be reported to the Department of Licensing. If it is reported to the Department of Licensing, your license will be subject to suspension and an additional $52.00 FTA (failure to respond/appear/comply) fee will be added. Unpaid balances will be sent to a collection agency.
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MITIGATION HEARING: A mitigation hearing is where you agree you have committed the violation, but would like to explain the circumstances. To request a mitigation hearing, choose box #2 on your ticket. If you choose a mitigation hearing, the violation will appear on your driving record. The only exception is if a Deferred Finding is entered and completed. You may mitigate the ticket by mail. See “Hearing by Mail” below. Click here for Mitigation Information Sheet.
CONTESTED HEARING: A contested hearing is to say that you did not commit the violation or to challenge the ticket. If you believe that you did not commit the violation and would like to contest the infraction, choose box #3 on your ticket. If you would like the Police Officer present at your hearing, please advise the clerk as soon as possible. The Judge will decide on the case based on the evidence presented. The penalty may stay the same or be reduced. If the infraction is dismissed, it will not appear on your driving record. A Deferred Finding may be entered at a Contested Hearing as well. You may contest the ticket by mail. See “Hearing by Mail” below. Click here for Contested Information Sheet.
DEFERRED FINDING OPTION: A deferred finding is an opportunity to keep a violation off your driving record. You may only have a deferral for one moving and one non-moving infraction once every 7 years. You may request this by mail or at your hearing. When a deferred finding is entered, your violation will be dismissed if you comply with the following conditions:
1. Have no violations for a period of time that is determined by the Judge
2. Pay the administrative cost assessed
3. If ordered by the Judge, attend traffic safety school.
You are NOT eligible for a deferral if:
1. Your ticket is for Passing a School Bus, Speeding in a School or Speeding in a Construction Zone.
2. An accident was involved.
3. You have had a prior deferred finding in another court in the past 7 years.
4. You possess a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License)
PAYMENT BY CASH, CHECK OR MONEY ORDER: You may pay your fine by check, money order or cash at the court office. Payments can be mailed and there is a payment drop box in the parking lot for your convenience. Please do not mail cash or put cash in the drop box. Please put your ticket (case/citation) number on your check or money order.
PAYMENT BY DEBIT/CREDIT CARD: For your convenience, Roy Municipal Court offers the option to make Credit/Debit Card payments in person, online and by phone via GovPayNet. GovPayNet charges a service fee for all payments. You will need your 9 digit ticket (case/citation) number when making a payment.
To pay online: Click here
To pay in person: Come to the court office with your debit/credit card.
To pay by phone: Please note that the service fee for phone payments is higher than for the other methods. Call 1-888-604-7888 and follow the prompts. Our Pay Location Code is 8325.
PAYMENT PLANS: Monthly time payments are allowed if you are unable to pay your fine in full within 15 days. A $10.00 time payment fee is added to the total amount of your fine for all payment plans. If you would like to request a payment plan, please contact the court for more information.
COLLECTIONS: If you fail to respond to, pay or appear on a traffic case, your case will be sent to a collection agency. The collection agency is authorized to impose a collection fee and interest in addition to the amount sent by the court to collection. If your ticket is in collection, you can no longer pay the court. Our current collection agencies are AllianceOne and Armada Corp. You must contact the collection agency directly to pay. Once you have paid all fees associated with your case or made arrangements with the agency, the court will be notified and the hold on your license will be released.
AllianceOne can be reached by calling 1-800-456-8838
Armada Corp can be reached by calling 1-800-626-0617
Once the court receives notice from the collection agency that your fine has been paid, it can take up to 72 hours for the Department of Licensing to receive the information.
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You have the right to appeal the following:
You must file a Notice of Appeal within 30 days after judgment is made. An appeal packet can be picked up at Roy Municipal Court during normal business hours. When you file your Notice of Appeal with the court, you will be required to pay a filing fee and a transmittal fee in order for your appeal to be processed.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Clerk is unable to give legal advice and can only provide appellant with the forms to perfect an appeal. Further questions should be asked of an attorney. You may wish to consult your local library, Pierce County Law Library, www.courts.wa.gov or other legal references for advice on appeal procedures.
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