Initial Appearances

Court Date


The date and time of your initial appearance is listed at the top center of your citation. In order to find out whether or not you need to appear in court, you should consult your ticket. If an appearance is mandatory, at the top of the ticket the box will be marked YES for appearance required. if the box is not marked then it is not required for you to appear on your court date.

Plea Options


On the scheduled court date, the defendant will be required to enter a plea to the court. The three options are:
  • Guilty
  • No Contest
  • Not Guilty

Pleas of Not Guilty


If you enter a plea of not guilty, you will be scheduled for a pretrial conference with the City Attorney, and you will be notified by mail of your next court date. Please contact the court at 608-270-4224 in advance of your initial appearance date, as you will not have to attend the initial appearance.

Rescheduling an Initial Appearance


If you cannot attend the court date listed on your citation, you can call the Clerk of Court at 608-270-4224 to arrange a different court date.

Failure to Appear


If you are not required to appear and choose not to attend your initial appearance you will receive a default notice stating your fine amount and due date. You typically have 60 days to pay your citation. To make payment arrangements contact the court at 608-270-4224.