The Hutchinson Municipal Court oversees cases involving violations of City Ordinances which include traffic, misdemeanor criminal cases, and code violations. The Judge, under the Code of Criminal Procedure, the Code of Municipal Courts, the Kansas Rules of Evidence and the City Code of Hutchinson conducts all trials. There are no jury trials in Municipal Court.
Municipal Court should not be confused with the Reno County District Court which has jurisdiction over serious criminal offenses, divorce and domestic relations, damage suits, probate and administration of estates, small claims, etc.
The Hutchinson Municipal Court is under the direction of the Law Department and the supervision of the Court Supervisor.
A probation officer oversees probation ordered by a Municipal Court Judge.
There are several options for paying a ticket or fine. Those that do not require a Court appearance can be paid online, by phone, by mail, or in person at the Municipal Court. If there is a fine amount entered on the back of your citation, you can simply pay the ticket without a Court appearance. If you want to contest a citation, you can ask to have the matter set for trial by contacting the Municipal Court Clerk in person. Failure to comply with citations and/or paying fines and costs may result in the issuance of an arrest warrant and/or the suspension of driving privileges.
The Municipal Court also offers Diversion Programs for most traffic offenses, DUI's, domestic battery and theft.