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  • Tips for Preparing for your Civil Traffic Hearing

    Be on time and have your witnesses and evidence with you .  If you do not show up on time for your hearing: 
    1.    A default judgment may be entered against you.
    2.    A fine may be imposed.
    3.    Your driver’s license may be suspended.

    PRESENTING YOUR EVIDENCE:

    Anything you want the judge to consider must either be presented as testimony from a witness present in court or it has to be admitted into evidence as an exhibit. “Admitted into evidence” means you need to leave the item with the court. The following list contains examples of items that are commonly admitted during a civil traffic hearing:

    • Signed written statements from witnesses
    • Written documents
    • Diagrams
    • Photographs
    • Maps
    • Video or audio recordings

    DIGITAL EVIDENCE:

    Any evidence in digital format (e.g., photographs, videos, audio evidence) has to be scanned for viruses by court staff before it can be displayed on the court's equipment or admitted into evidence. This can result in delay in holding your hearing. Please get to court early and alert court staff that you have such evidence. Please keep the following in mind if you are bringing digital evidence to court:

    • Any media such as a DVD, CD, or flash or jump drive that contains your evidence in a digital format should not have anything else on it. The media itself has to be admitted into evidence to be considered and you will not get it back.
    • Make sure any digital evidence is in a common format. If you have recorded your evidence in a format that the court does not have on its equipment, it will either delay your hearing or you will not be able to present your evidence.
    • Simple is best for photos. Print your photos and bring them to court to be admitted into evidence. You may not show the Court photos or text messages from your cell phone.  Any evidence from your cell phone must be printed and shown to the court.  The court will not admit your cell phone into evidence. 
    • If possible, and especially if your digital evidence is in an uncommon format, bring your own laptop or other device through which you can display your evidence.

    SUBPOENAS:

    Subpoenas for witnesses can be requested at the Court.  There is a $25 fee for each subpoena issued and additional fees for service of the subpoena(s).

    ACCOMMODATIONS FOR DISABILITY:

    Requests for reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities or persons needing an interpreter should be made in writing and filed with the court at least five days before the hearing.  If the request is not made in a timely way, it may result in delay in holding your hearing.