Municipal Court handles parking, traffic, city ordinance, and juvenile citations issued by the Silverton Police Department. Traffic citations can be handled at the clerk’s office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. weekdays, except holidays. All business must be finalized no later than 4:30 p.m. the day before your court appearance.
The Silverton Municipal Court Clerk’s office is located at 306 S. Water Street in the City Hall Finance Office. Municipal Court is held at the Silverton Community Center located at 421 S. Water Street.
If you would like to handle your citation through the Violation Bureau you must appear at 306 S. Water Street before the Court Clerk Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Please allow three (3) business days from the date of your citation for office processing. All business must be finalized no later than 4:30 PM the day before your court appearance.
If you would like to plead No Contest you can appear before the Court Clerk, she will look at your driving record and you may be able to pay a reduced fine. The clerk uses the same fine schedule as the judge. If you have more than three convictions on your driving record, the clerk is unable to reduce the fine.
The Court Clerk can take Not Guilty pleas in person or in writing and set trials on all infractions. If you are charged with a traffic crime (as opposed to an infraction) you must appear before the judge.
Handling Infractions by Mail
If you would like to plead no contest and explain to the Judge what happened, this can be done in writing. The letter must be accompanied by the presumptive fine. All letters of explanation are given to the Judge and must be received before your scheduled court appearance. Your statement and driving record will be taken into consideration and fines will be assessed accordingly. If you are fined less than the presumptive fine, a refund should reach you within four weeks. Make sure the court has a correct mailing address.
If your citation is for no insurance or no proof of insurance and you have proof that the vehicle was insured at the time of the traffic stop, bring your proof to the Court Clerk prior to your court date and charges may be dismissed. Be sure the proof contains the effective dates of the insurance.
If you did not have insurance at the time of the stop the court offers an Insurance Diversion program, appear on your court date to be approved for the program by the Judge. This program is designed to allow drivers the opportunity to comply with automobile insurance requirements. Generally, you can qualify if you have received no other insurance violations within the last three (3) years immediately preceding the date your citation. You must show proof of insurance within 14 days after your court date. You must pay the presumptive fine amount within 90 days after your court date. To successfully complete the insurance diversion program you must keep active insurance In Your Name for 180 days after your court date.
Traffic Diversion Program
The City of Silverton Municipal Court offers a traffic school diversion program. This program is designed to allow drivers the opportunity to recognize and review their driving habits, attitudes and behaviors. If drivers successfully complete the program the violation will not go on their driving record.
Generally, you can go to Traffic School if:
- You have been cited for a single moving violation.
- You have received no other moving violations or traffic crime charges within the last three (3) years immediately preceding the date of this citation.
- You have a valid non-commercial driver license.
- There was a no-injury accident associated with the alleged offense.
- This program is not eligible for those who were cited for no insurance.
- Your alleged violation is not a class A violation.
Requirements of program:
If you meet the requirements and would like to go to traffic school you must appear before the judge on your scheduled court date, enter a plea of No Contest (not contesting the facts of the case) Note: A Not Guilty Plea forfeits your Traffic School option.
- Fill out the traffic school paper work and agreement at Court and submit it to the Court Clerk.
- Pay the presumptive fine amount in full within 90 days of the date of your court appearance.
- Contact the school, pay the registration fee and register for the class.
- Successfully complete the class and receive a Certificate of Completion.
- Submit the “Certificate of Completion” to the Court within 90 days of the date of your court appearance.
- Do not receive a citation for a motor vehicle violation within the next 180 days from the date of your court appearance.
There will be no extensions and no exceptions.