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    Municipal Court

    All jury trials for March and April postponed

    In order to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 the Bryan Municipal Court will not hold jury trials during the months of March and April. All jury trials currently scheduled for March and April be rescheduled for a later dates.

    Payments Due and Court Appearances

    Any initial appearance date or payment due date of March 15, 2020 or later will be extended for an additional 30 days until further notice. All currently scheduled court dates occurring during the city’s closure will be reset for a later date. For those scheduled to appear during the closure, the court will notify you of your new court date via regular mail at the address you provided.

    Presiding Judge

    The Honorable Albert Navarro

    judge albert navarroAlbert Navarro, Presiding Judge of Bryan Municipal Court, was born and raised in Waco, Texas. After high school, he attended Baylor University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Political Science. He was accepted to and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law with a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree. After receiving his license to practice law by the State Bar of Texas in 1989, he moved to the Bryan/College Station area and began his legal career.

    Judge Navarro served 13 years as an attorney for legal services representing indigent clients in the Brazos and surrounding counties. After leaving the legal services program, he became the prosecutor for the City of Bryan in 2003 and continued as a prosecutor through 2007. Navarro maintained a full time private practice after 2007 but always had a desire for public and community service. In June of 2010, he was appointed as an Associate Judge for the Bryan Municipal Court. After the retirement of then Presiding Judge Latham Boone III, Albert Navarro was sworn in as the Presiding Judge for the Municipal Court on June 1, 2015.

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Bryan Municipal Court of Record is to serve the public in a fair, efficient, and accountable manner while contributing to the quality of life in our community by impartially administering justice.

    Hours / Directions / Contact Us

    Address:
    401 S. Tabor Avenue
    Bryan, Texas 77803

    Phone: (979) 209-5400
    Fax: (979) 731-1760
    Contact Us

    The Municipal Court office is open for business as follows:

    • Monday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 4:55 p.m.
    • Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Thursday: 8 a.m. – 4:55 p.m.
    • Friday: 8 a.m. – 4:55 p.m.

    Please note: Bryan Municipal Court telephones are not answered after 4:30 p.m. daily, or after 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Please call the following business day.

    Court Clerk’s Office

    Chad Eixmann
    Municipal Court Administrator

    The Court Clerk’s Office serves as the administrative arm of the Municipal Court. Administrative functions include timely and accurate processing of complaints filed, courteous response to requests for information from the public, responsible collection of assessed fines and fees, and efficient docketing of cases for adjudication.

    The Court is responsible for the adjudication of all Class C misdemeanors filed with the court. This includes violations of the Transportation Code, Penal Code, Education Code, Alcoholic Beverage Code, and the Health and Safety Code. The Court also has exclusive jurisdiction over all City Ordinance violations. The Court processes an average of about 12,000 cases a year and issues an average of about 5,500 warrants a year. Responsibilities include the collection of more than $2 million in revenues for the City and the State of Texas as well as the timely remittance of court costs to the State Comptroller’s Office.

    Services / Self-Help Resources

    Judicial Reporting

    Court Staff

    The Court Staff includes the following positions:

    • Presiding Judge
    • Court Administrator
    • Deputy Court Administrator
    • Senior Deputy Court Clerks
    • Warrant Technician
    • City Marshals

    There are 14 Court Staff, plus the Judge and the City Prosecutor.

    Teen Court

    The City of Bryan Teen Court, established in January 2008, is a diversion program designed to offer an alternative to formal juvenile court proceedings. During Teen Court’s sentencing phase hearings, trained BISD student volunteers use a Peer Jury format, roughly modeled after the process used by a grand jury, to perform the courtroom roles of clerk, bailiff, juror, defense attorney and prosecutor.

    Teen Court defendants are first time class C misdemeanor offenders, generally aged 11-17, who voluntarily agree to participate in the program. Teen Court cases are referred by the City of Bryan Municipal Court. The City of Bryan implements and conducts its Teen Court program at Bryan Collegiate High School campus. To the best of the city’s knowledge, no other Teen Court program is operated on a school campus in the State of Texas; few cities across the nation operate campus-based Teen Courts.

    The national, state and local trends have chronicled a sharp rise in juvenile crimes. While everyone agrees juvenile crime represents a serious threat to the quality of life in communities around the country, little consensus exists regarding the best way to alleviate the problem. Several programs already have proven effective in reducing youth crime. Among these programs is Teen Court, a program that uses the undeniable power of peer pressure as a positive, rather than negative, force to help convince youthful offenders that crime yields serious consequences. Teen Court also provides law enforcement agencies a unique opportunity to help guide at-risk youths away from crime when they are particularly impressionable.

    Teens who complete the program re-offend at a much lower rate than youths who are tried and sentenced in the formal juvenile courts. Teen Court represents a cost-effective alternative to traditional court processing because Teen Court relies on a volunteer base with only one paid full-time staff. While Teen Court is not intended to replace the municipal court, it does offer a highly structured and effective means to guide some youths away from trouble by showing them that criminal activity has both immediate and long-term consequences.

    Parental participation is mandatory for Teen Court defendants in that the parent(s) must attend the initial intake and the actual Teen Court hearing; thus giving the teen and the parent a sense of investment towards changing behaviors towards a pro-social value system.

    The City of Bryan Teen Court program has a strong and active support system ranging from local judges, local defense attorneys, City of Bryan Police Department, Bryan Independent School District and numerous city officials. By implementing Teen Court, the City is taking an active approach towards improving the livability of its city by reducing juvenile crimes and repeat offenders. Because Teen Court is primarily operated from a volunteer base, it saves the City of Bryan thousands of dollars annually in salaries and fringe benefits; at the same time the City is able to invest in the future adult citizens of the City of Bryan. This innovative public safety initiative is one more way to positively impact the quality of life and enhance, “The Good Life, Texas Style.”

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