Procedure at the Hearing


The City of Bismarck is the plaintiff. The person named in the citation or complaint is the defendant. Both the city and defendant may subpoena witnesses to testify and present evidence.


If the court finds the defendant not guilty, the bond will be returned. The defendant will need the receipt for the bond (the receipt that was issued at the time of paying bond). If the court finds the defendant guilty the bond will be applied to fine, fees, cost,and restitution. There are no additional costs in a non-criminal case.


To appeal a guilty finding in a non-criminal case, a notice of appeal must be in writing and filed with Municipal Court within 30 days. The clerk will transmit your court file to the Clerk of District Court. The Clerk of District Court will notify the defendant of future court appearances.

The conviction is reported to the state licensing authority even if an appeal is filed.