General Information

Judicial Staff

The Municipal Court Judges are only available during court session times. If you wish to speak with the judge concerning your case, you must appear in court. Any contact with a judge or by a judge, concerning the merits of a pending case or proceeding, outside the presence of all parties or their representatives is considered “Ex Parte” communication.

Administrative Staff

The Municipal Court Clerks are available at the Court Office and may be contacted by telephone at 281-334-5910. The clerks are available to answer questions that you have in reference to your citation or arrest. However, court phones are turned off while court is in session which will delay their ability to assist you. Extensions will not be granted due to court being in session.

The Municipal Court staff does not answer legal questions of any nature. The clerks are allowed to explain court proceedings and procedures only. If you need legal advice, please contact an attorney.

Appearance

Photo identification is required. When you appear in court or at the clerk’s office, you will be required to present your valid driver’s license. If you do not have a driver’s license, you must present some form of photo identification. This procedure is designed to prevent identity fraud and insure proper reporting to the Department of Public Safety of criminal convictions that may impact your driving privileges. Telephone contact is not an appearance on your citation.

Please do not appear the same day you received the citation: Allow three days from the violation date before contacting the court. A fine is punishment and the court has an expectation that all fines and court costs will be paid at the time of sentencing.

Directions

From Houston

1. I-45 South to FM 518 Exit

2. Make a left on FM 518

3. Turn right onto Highway 146/TX-146

4. Make a left onto Bel Road

5. The Court Clerks Office on the side of the City Hall building

From Galveston

1. I-45 North to TX-96/League City Parkway Exit

2. Make right on W League City Parkway/TX-96

3. Turn left onto Highway 146/TX-146

4. Make a right onto Bel Road

5.The Court Clerks Office on the side of the City Hall building

Accepted Forms of Payment
  • Cash
  • Cashier’s check
  • Discover ($2.00 processing fee)
  • Money order
  • MasterCard ($2.00 processing fee)
  • Online payments
  • Visa ($2.00 processing fee)

Appeals

  • The Kemah Municipal Court is a Non Record Court. All defendants have the right to appeal their convictions.
  • •Defendant can plead guilty or no contest
  • •No trial is required
  • •Defendant can appeal even if Drivers Safety Course or terms of Deferred Disposition are not completed
  • •Written Judgment must be entered against you.
  • •A motion for new trial is not required
  • •The appeal bond must be at least double the amount of the fine and costs but never less than $50.00.
  • •Bond can be cash, surety, or personal bond (if approved)
  • •You must make a motion for a new trial no later than the 10th day after judgment if defendant appeared in open court
  • •If plea is delivered or mailed to court, defendant has up to 31 days after receiving notice of fine and bond to file it.


If in the office to pay the credit card holder must be present with photo ID.