Functions of the Municipal Court
The Ponca City Municipal Court is the judicial branch of city government responsible for handling all violations of city ordinances. These violations are referred to the Municipal Court by the Ponca City Police Department, Lake Patrol, Code Enforcement, Animal Control, and the Fire Marshal. The Municipal Court has limited jurisdiction to handle all traffic and criminal misdemeanor offenses committed within the City limits of the City of Ponca City.
Fines & Court Costs
The Ponca City Municipal Court is not a court of record; and as such, the Municipal Judge can only assess fines and jail time as set out by Oklahoma State Statutes. Court costs are also assessed according to statute of which the City retains only $30.
Juvenile Court Jurisdiction
The Ponca City Municipal Court and the Oklahoma Kay County District Court entered into an agreement over jurisdiction concerning juveniles pursuant to the Interlocal Cooperation Act by the State of Oklahoma. This agreement authorizes the Municipal Court to assume jurisdiction of certain specified juvenile misdemeanor offenders pursuant to agreements with the district court. All fines and costs will not exceed the statutory maximum authorized by law. Juvenile court is held the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month beginning at 8:30 am. There is an exception in October, November and December and it will be held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays.
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.
Citizen complaints are heard by the Prosecuting Attorney every Tuesday at 9:30am (excluding holidays) .