An initial appearance for violation of traffic laws or municipal ordinances is generally held at 1:00 PM. Juvenile initial appearances are held at 1:30 PM. The court date assigned to your case should be specified on the top or left side of the citation, and if your attendance is mandatory or not.
Juvenile court is strictly confidential, and the matter is held in closed court. Generally, only the parents of the juvenile and the attorney are allowed to be in court while it is in session.
When you arrive
When you arrive at court, you should put your name on the sign-up sheet, as this will allow the court clerk to know if you are there to appear for your case and it should be called. Then have a seat and wait for your case to be called.
When your case is called
When your name and case are called, have a seat at the defendant's table. The court or a representative of the prosecuting agency will give a short synopsis of the incident for which you are charged. The court will then ask you for a plea on the charges; of either guilty, not guilty or no-contest.