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Types of Hearings in Municipal Court

Arraignments – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 9:00 am.

If you are wanting to appear or it is mandatory that you appear in court, your first hearing is called an arraignment. Arraignments are held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 9:00 am only. You may appear on or before your court date as long as it is on one of the days listed above and at 9:00 am.  This is where you will enter a plea of either Guilty or Not Guilty.

Guilty – You are admitting that you committed the offense. Unless there was a victim or a third party involved, you will most likely be sentenced that day. You may also request a date as to when your fines are due.

Not Guilty – You are denying that you committed the offense. Your case will be set out for either a Bench Trial or a Scheduling Conference.

    A court date is provided to you at the bottom of your citation. If you are unable to appear on that date, you must appear  prior to that date during arraignments. You may contact the court if you have more questions or concerns. If you are unsure of where to find the court date on your citation or whether your appearance in mandatory, please click on the links below for a sample citation. 

Sample Electronic Citation Sample Handwritten Citation Sample Parking Citation

Bench Trials or Other Hearings – Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 10:30 am, 11:00 am and 11:30 am. 

If you plead Not Guilty at your arraignment, the next hearing will be a Bench Trial. At this hearing, it is the City Attorney’s job to prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The officer that gave you the citation will also be present at his hearing as well as any other witnesses that may have been present during the stop. You will have the opportunity to ask the witness(es) questions or “cross examine” them however you have a constitutional right, the fifth amendment, to not say anything. The fifth amendment states that you do not have to say anything in the event that you may incriminate or imply guilty on yourself. Here, the Judge will determine if you are guilty or not guilty of the charge.

Scheduling Conferences – Tuesdays at 8:30 am.

Scheduling Conferences are held at 8:30 am on Tuesday mornings. A scheduling conference is an informal meeting with the Judge and City Attorney. Here you will discuss where you want your case to go. For example, if you are wanting your case to go to a Jury Trial, you will let the Judge know and the hearing will be set at that time. If you have hired an attorney or one has been appointed to you, the attorney can appear on your behalf.

Jury Trials – Wednesdays at 8:30 am. 

If one of the offenses you are charged with is a jailable offense, you have the right to a Jury Trial or Trial of your peers. This is where a six member jury will determine if you are guilty or not guilty of the charge. Similar to Bench Trials, the burden of proof is on the City Attorney to prove you guilty. Again, you do have a fifth amendment right to not say anything at this trial. Jury Trials usually lasts one day however the trial could go into late evening or even into the next day. 

City Hall: 406 Ivinson Ave.   |   Laramie, WY 82070   |   Ph: (307) 721-5200   |   Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm