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Municipal Court 

The City of Veneta Municipal court is the judicial branch of the City government and provides a local forum for the resolution of minor traffic violations, parking citations, and violations of City ordinances. The majority of cases heard in the Municipal Court are traffic violations.

Court is held at Veneta City Hall on the (3) third Thursday of each month. Arraignments begin at 8:30 a.m. and Trials begin at 9:00 am.

If you have received a citation you may exercise one of the below listed options on or before your appearance date. Your appearance date listed on the bottom of your citation.

Option 1- Enter a Plea of Guilty

Personal Appearance – Judge will impose a fine
By Mail – Pay Base Fine(s) listed on your citation

Option 2- Enter a Plea of Guilty with an Explanation to the Judge

You must submit your plea and explanation to the judge. You can do this in one of the following ways:

Personal appearance – be prepared to post Bail
By Mail – Send written explanation along with the Base Fine(s) listed on your citation

Option 3- Enter a Not Guilty Plea and a Request a Trial

Personal Appearance
By Mail - Send written notification along with the Base Fine(s) listed on your citation

When entering a plea or making a payment by mail be sure to include your citation number, name, and current mailing address.

Checks & Money Orders are to be payable to City of Veneta. We now accept Credit Card or Debit at the front counter only.

Location of Municipal Court:

Veneta Administrative Building
88184 8th Street
Veneta, OR
(541) 935-2191

Mailing Address: 

Veneta Municipal Court
PO Box 458
Veneta, OR 97487

Trials

If you have entered a plea of Not Guilty you will be advised of a trial date. Trials begin at 9:00 a.m. If you wish to have someone testify on your behalf, you are responsible for making those arrangements. If you wish to be represented by an attorney you must notify the City immediately so the Court can arrange to have the City Attorney present.  

There is no grace period for a trial.  If you miss a scheduled trial, you will be found guilty by default, your license may be immediately suspended, and additional fees will be added.  If there are extenuating circumstances that arise prior to the scheduled trial date, please contact the court immediately in person or by written material.  It is possible that a one-time postponement might be granted, but is at the Judge's discretion.

Payments

The Court will accept the following payment options:  cash, cashier's checks, money orders and personal checks and Credit Card and Debit at front counter only. On all correspondence with the court, please include some type of identification such as a docket number, ticket number, and the name of the person. This will ensure the monies or information are credited to the correct person. All checks should be made payable to Veneta Municipal Court.  You should also include your current mailing address and phone number. 

Requests for time payment may be made at the counter. The Judge does grant payment arrangements based on individual circumstances. If a defendant chooses to enter into a Payment Agreement, in addition to fines on the agreement, the following conditions established by Resolution 1010 apply:

  1. Maximum term of Payment Agreement: 12 months
  2. Minimum Monthly Payment: $25.00
  3. Non-refundable Administrative Fees:
    1-6 month agreement:  $25.00
    7-12 month agreement : $50.00
    NSF check fee: $25.00

If you are even one day late on a payment, you may be subject to your license being suspended and your case being turned over to collection.  If turned over to collections additional fees will be added.  Please avoid this by making your payment on or before your payment due date. If you are unable to make your payment on the scheduled due date, and you need an extension or new time payment agreement, submit your explanation to the Judge in writing.  If the DMV does suspend your license, you will be required to pay their reinstatement fee. 

If you have been notified that your case has been turned over to Credit Services of Oregon, please contact them directly for the current amount due, or to make payment arrangements.  Their phone number is (541) 673-6661 or (800) 888-6597.


Veneta Administrative Services Center, 88184 8th St. / PO Box 458, Veneta, OR 97487, Phone: 541-935-2191, Fax: 541-935-1838
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