Municipal Court

Court

Minot Municipal Court 

  • Appearances are scheduled at 9:00am or 9:30am, M-Th (excluding major holidays)
  • Enter at the South door on West side of City Auditorium 
  • Wear a mask, if available
  • Physical Distancing
  • Prepared for, and will adhere to, CDC recommendations
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available
  • Interested in resolving your case outside of court? Call for options: 701-857-4759

-If you have a question regarding a citation, warrant, or court appearance please contact the clerk of court. Court Clerk staff can be reached by phone, mail, or email, Monday-Friday, 8:00 to 4:30.

 Box 5006 Minot, ND 58702

municourt@minotnd.org

-Defendants charged with offenses that require an appearance before Judge Beall will be contacted by the city Clerk of Court to schedule that appearance. It is imperative that defendants keep current contact information with the Clerk’s office to ensure contact can be made.

-Traffic citations still need to be paid within 14 days of the issuance of the citation. 

Payments options:

  • Municipal Court Lobby:  10:30 - 4:30 Monday-Friday
  • by mail, PO Box 5006, Minot ND   58702
  • the drop box in the vestibule at the Police Department, 
  • by phone 701-857-4759. If paying by phone a credit card is required. The Clerk’s office currently accepts Visa or Mastercard.

Minot Municipal Court is in session Monday through Thursday. Ashley Beall is the presiding Judge. Court begins at 9:00 a.m. with initial appearances and continues until all scheduled cases are heard. Trials begin at 9:30 a.m. or as soon as initial appearances and scheduled cases are completed.

JURISDICTION

Municipal Court has jurisdiction over traffic cases and adult criminal charges involving class B misdemeanors. However, state law requires that some criminal charges will be transferred to District Court if a specific number of class B charges are levied within a specified period of time. Minor traffic citations involving juveniles are handled in Municipal Court. Serious traffic offenses involving juveniles and alcohol offenses will be transferred to Juvenile Court.

COURT APPEARANCES

The first appearance in Court is for entering a plea of guilty or not guilty. If the plea is guilty, an explanation may be given to the Judge before sentence is imposed. If the plea is not guilty, a trial will be scheduled for a later date. For criminal charges, the defendant may elect either a trial before the Judge or request a jury trial in District Court. The Judge may require a bond prior to release from custody after entering a plea of not guilty. Depending on the charge, options include cash bond (credit cards - Visa and MasterCard - are accepted) or surety bond.

POSTING BOND

If you post the cash bond and you are found not guilty, the total bond will be refunded to you. If you are found guilty and a fine is imposed, the fine will be deducted from the bond and the remainder will be refunded to you. If someone other than the defendant posts the cash bond, the refund check will be made out to that person. However, fines will still be taken from the cash bond. If you fail to appear for court and a cash bond has been posted, the Judge may forfeit the bond.
 
FINES/FEES

Fines may be paid in court when the fine is levied or at the Municipal Court Clerks Office if the Judge has agreed to payment arrangements. If you cannot make your scheduled payment, please contact the Municipal Court prior to the payment due date.
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
 
If you have been notified that you have an active warrant, please turn yourself into the Police Department at 8:00 am for subsequent appearance in Court. If the Police have any contact with you prior to your appearance in Court and a warrant is active, they are required to arrest you.

If you have any questions, please contact the Clerk of Court at :
701-857-4759