Welcome to the Village of Waterford Municipal Court website. Most people are concerned about appearing in court and are unfamiliar with the municipal court process so the Village offers the following information to help you understand the typical rules and procedures. The Village of Waterford Municipal Court has jurisdiction in all matters involving violations, traffic and non-traffic, of the Village of Waterford ordinances.
An ordinance violation is classified as a civil offense, not a criminal offense. You have the right to be represented by an attorney but you may proceed without one. If you would like to be represented by an attorney, you must retain one at your own expense. The Court will not provide this service or cover any expenses related to this service.
The mission of the Municipal Court for the Village of Waterford is to correctly and fairly resolve traffic and other municipal ordinance cases in the Village in accordance with the applicable laws. While our Municipal Court operates in a less formal setting than a Circuit Court, we preserve basic judicial formalities so that parties recognize that they are appearing in a court of law. Because the vast majority of people appearing in Municipal Court are unrepresented and may be appearing in a court for the first time, we strive to answer reasonable questions regarding their cases and court procedures.
Generally, no one likes to appear in any court, but it is our hope that parties leave our Municipal Court with the satisfaction that they have had their opportunity to be heard even if they do not agree with the ultimate decision in the case.