The Roanoke Municipal Court

Roanoke Municipal Court is a court of record, having jurisdiction over Class C Misdemeanors, traffic offenses, and city ordinances. City ordinances include, Fire safety, Public health, sanitation, and zoning ordinances. The Municipal court also has limited civil jurisdiction in cases that involve owners of dangerous dogs. For access to City of Roanoke Ordinances, please click here


The Mission of the Roanoke Municipal Court is to serve all citizens in a courteous, efficient, and professional manner. The Court is dedicated to the principles of delivering fair and impartial justice administered with respect and equality to each person.

Contacting the Court

Please allow two business days for your citation to be filed with the Roanoke Municipal Court before contacting the clerk’s office. A phone call does not constitute an appearance on your behalf. You may be able to pay your citation over the phone. Please contact the clerk’s office, after two business days of receiving your citation, for further options. Court clerks are unable to provide legal advice. Defensive driving and deferred disposition requests will not be accepted by phone.

Court Appearance

Your initial appearance date is on the front of your citation. You have until this date to make an appearance in person, by mail, or by attorney representation. You may also have options online, such as Deferred Disposition or Defensive Driving.

Failure to appear on or before your appearance date may result in a warrant being issued for your arrest, including an additional charge for a failure to appear, and additional fees.

All Juveniles (ages 10-16) MUST APPEAR IN PERSON WITH A PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN at the clerk’s office to request a Court hearing. A court hearing is required to request dismissal, show proof of Compliance dismissals, request Deferred Disposition or Driving Safety course. Juveniles MUST APPEAR WITH A PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN IN ALL COURT APPEARANCES.


Closed for Holidays observed below:
  • New Year's Day (January 1) 
  • Martin Luther King Day (3rd Monday in January) 
  • President’s Day (3rd Monday in February) 
  • Good Friday (Friday before Easter) 
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May) 
  • Independence Day (July 4) 
  • Labor Day (1st Monday in September) 
  • Veteran’s Day (November 11) 
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November) 
  • Day after Thanksgiving (4th Friday in November) 
  • Christmas Eve (December 24) 
  • Christmas Day (December 25)