Options for Appearing

Option 1

On the back of your citation, you can plead no contest and pay the fine by mail.

Option 2

On the back of your citation, you can plead no contest by mail, post the full presumptive fine (listed on the front of your citation), and write a letter of explanation for the Judge to consider. Based on your explanation and driving record, the Judge may assess a fine lower than the amount listed on the front of the citation at which time you may be issued a refund by mail. When mailing in your fine amount please make your check or money order payable to The City of Forest Grove and write your citation number on the payment and include your current address.

Option 3

You may plead not guilty by mail and request a trial. Please include your current mailing address and phone number. The Court will mail you notice of your trial once it is scheduled.

Option 4

You can request a trial by affidavit. You would plead not guilty under option 3, then request a trial by affidavit under option 4. You will be mailed an affidavit to complete.

Option 5

Appearing with the Clerk in person or by telephone before your Court date

Violations Bureau

The Court has established a Violations Bureau to handle certain types of violations, eliminating your need to appear in court. If you wish to handle your citation through the Violations Bureau come to the Municipal Court office during normal business hours. To handle a citation through the Violations Bureau please wait at least 5 days after receiving the citation to ensure the citation has been filed with the court.

If you plead guilty or no contest, the court clerk may be able to assess a fine lower than the amount shown on your citation based on your driving record and the type of offense.