Judgement and Verdict

When the judge tries the case, the judge's decision is called a Judgment.

When the jury tries the case, the jury decision is called a Verdict.

The judge or jury may consider only the testimony of witnesses and any evidence admitted during the trial proceedings.

If you are found guilty by either the judge or jury, the penalty will be announced at that time.

You should be prepared to pay the fine and costs at this time.

New Trial

If you are found guilty, you may make a motion in writing to the court for a new trial.

The motion must be within 10 days after a judgment or guilty has been rendered against you.

The Decatur Municipal Court is a Court of Record.  See Chapter 30 of the Texas Government Code for more information.