Klamath Falls - City of Sunshine

Municipal Court

GavelJudge — James Uerlings

Klamath Falls Municipal Court handles City code offenses and traffic citations issued by City police and Code Enforcement officers. Approximately 3,200 such cases are filed in the Municipal Court annually together with some 4,000 parking citations. Annual revenues and are divided among the State, the County, police training, downtown parking district, and the City's General Fund.

The Municipal Court Judge is appointed by the City Council pursuant to the City Charter. Court appearances are scheduled for Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the Court Chambers at 500 Klamath Avenue. Spanish Court is held the first Wednesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. Please note court check-in starts at 8:00 a.m. and court appearances begin at 9:00 a.m.

Accomodations have been made to better economically serve the community with a night court. Trial times and night court are set by Municipal Court staff; you will need to check with court staff to see what options you may qualify for. All check-ins for arraignments or trials take place with a Municipal Court Clerk upstairs upon entering the building. Once you have checked in you will be directed downstairs to the Courtroom. Please check your citation for the date and time of your court appearance and your trial notice for the date and time of your trial.

Municipal Court also handles parking, traffic and city ordinance citations issued by officers of the Klamath Falls Police Department and Parking Enforcement Officer. Most citations can be handled at the clerks' counter. Municipal Court's office is open from 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Please note that the staff of the Court's office cannot give legal advice. They can only advise you on court procedures. If you have a question as to how to proceed with any legal matter, please consult an attorney. For lawyer referral services, you may contact the Oregon State Bar at 1-800-452-7291. If you believe you may be eligible for legal aid services, you may contact Legal Aid Services of Oregon for Klamath and Lake Counties at 541-273-0533 to determine your eligibility. The Oregon State Bar also provides recorded information on various legal subject areas through the Tel-Law information service, which can be reached at 1-800-252-4776.

Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

Klamath Falls Municipal Court is the judicial branch of City government. The Municipal Court provides a local forum for the resolution of traffic infractions, parking citations and City ordinance violations issued within the city limits of Klamath Falls. Municipal Court Judge James Uerlings, appointed by the City Council pursuant to the City Charter, oversees the Court's operations. The majority of cases heard in Municipal Court are traffic infractions. Municipal Court does not handle criminal traffic offenses (such as driving under the influence of intoxicants), civil cases between private parties, or small claims cases.

How to Reach the Court

Klamath Falls Municipal Court is located at the Klamath Falls City Hall Administration Building, 500 Klamath Avenue, Klamath Falls, Oregon 97601 and can be reached during office hours at (541) 883-5311.

Court Arraignment

An arraignment is a first appearance in court with a plea being entered by the defendant. If you plead No Contest you will see the Judge that day and if you plead Not Guilty a trial will be set for a future date.

Arraignments are held on Thursdays with check-in starting at 8:00 a.m. All cases appearing before the Municipal Judge are called in the order of check-in (except for high school students, who will be called first to accommodate their early return to classes). No one will be added to the list of arraignments after court begins. Arraignments for persons whose primary language is Spanish are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. This is the only arraignment time when a Spanish interpreter is available. {La corte Espanola se lleva a cabo el primer Miercoles de cada nes en el 9:00 en la manana. Este es el unico tiempo de la vista de lectura de cargos en que un interprete Espanol este disponible.} El registro de corte comience a las 8:00 en la mañana, las apariencias de la corte comenzará a las 9:00 en la mañana.

Violations Bureau

Persons who want to see if they qualify for the Violations Bureau process either need to call or come to the Municipal Court to check on this and they will be instructed on how the citation can be handled. This must be done before the scheduled court appearance date.

Trials

Trials are scheduled upon a plea of "Not Guilty," or as ordered by the court, and are normally scheduled within 4 to 6 weeks of entering your plea.

Legal Advice and Attorneys

Please note that the Court Clerk's cannot give legal advice, they can only advise you on court procedures. If you have a question as to how to proceed with any legal matter, please consult an attorney. For lawyer referral services, you may contact the Oregon State Bar at 1-800-452-7636. If you believe you may be eligible for legal aid services, you may contact Legal Aid Services of Oregon for Klamath and Lake Counties at (541) 273-0533 to determine your eligibility. The Oregon State Bar also provides recorded information on various legal subject areas and can be reached by visiting their website at Oregon State Bar.

Contact Information

   
Klamath County Circuit Court (13th Judicial) 541-883-5503
Klamath County Justice Court 541-884-1864
Klamath County Juvenile Department 541-884-4167

Office Hours: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday
Closed on weekends and legal holidays.
500 Klamath Avenue
Klamath Falls, OR 97601

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