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William E. Kirkpatrick
Municipal Court Judge

200 E. Oklahoma
Ponca City, OK  74601

Ph: (580) 767-0382
Fax: (580)767-0374

Hours
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Municipal Court
Tuesday & Thursday
1:30 pm

Juvenile Court
Second and fourth Wednesday of each month
Reviews - 8:30 am
Pleas - 9:30 am
Trials - 10:00 am
The Municipal Judge must be an attorney licensed to practice law in the State. The Judge can engage in the practice of law in other courts, but shall not accept employment inconsistent with his/her duties as Judge, or employment arising out of facts which give rise to or are connected with cases within the jurisdiction of the court, which might become the subject of proceedings.

Responsibilities of the Municipal Court Clerk
The Municipal Court Clerk assists the Judge in:
  • Administering oaths required in proceedings in the dockets of the court
  • Issuing misdemeanor criminal complaint warrants, failure to pay warrants, and failure to appear warrants
  • Keeping all documents as records
  • Paying the Treasurer for monies received, which is then placed into the General Fund of the City
  • Performing other clerical duties related to the proceedings or to the court as directed by the Judge
  • Preparing writs, processes, and other papers
  • Receiving and issuing receipts for forfeitures, fees, deposits, and sums of money payable to the Court
  • Recording the proceedings of the Court

Functions
View the functions of the Municipal Court
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When a traffic citation is written or a complaint is filed, that person may either pay the fine at the Municipal Court office or they may request or be required to make a court appearance before the Municipal Judge.  If the person elects to come to court, the Municipal Judge then determines the fine and sentence.  When a person signs a traffic citation, it is a promise to appear in Municipal Court. 

If a person fails to come to Municipal Court after promising to appear, a warrant is issued for their arrest and they will be put in the city jail.  Once a person has been to court and is assessed a fine, they can also be put in jail for failure to pay the fine or make the payments they agreed to pay when they came to court.

Parents should also be aware that when they sign an agreement promising to have a minor child in Juvenile Court on a certain day, the failure to do so will result in a separate charge being filed against the parent, which can result in the maximum punishment allowable.  The law also provides that the parents of a juvenile can be required to pay the unpaid fines incurred by their child in Juvenile Court.


516 E. Grand, Ponca City, OK 74601
PO Box 1450, Ponca City, OK 74602
Ph. (580) 767-0339
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