ECourt Virtual Docket
The Roanoke Municipal Court now offers an ECourt Virtual Docket, which allows defendants to handle cases via a video conference with the Judge. You MUST review the Qualifications and Technical Requirements below to confirm your ability to comply with the ECourt Virtual Process.
Virtual Courtrooms are the same as Actual Courtrooms. All of the same rules and procedures apply.
Click Here to Request an E-Court virtual hearing with the Judge
Who Qualifies for ECourt Virtual HearingsThe majority of cases can be handled through Virtual ECourt. Please complete the ECourt Request form above and submit to the Court Clerk’s office. Once the Court determines Virtual ECourt eligibility, you will be sent a confirmation notice with detailed instructions on how to proceed.
Technical Requirements to Appear via ECourt Virtual Hearings
- DEVICE - A device capable of accessing an internet connection (PC, MAC, Smart Phone, Tablet, etc.) If using your cell phone, you must install the ZOOM app on your wireless device.
- INTERNET - A fast and stable internet connection.
- WEB CAMERA - A webcam attached to your PC or a built in camera on your device that will allow the Judge to see you during the video conference.
- MICROPHONE/SPEAKERS - Your device must have a microphone connected or built in that will allow you to talk to the Judge and your device must also have speakers attached or built in that will allow you to hear what the Judge is saying to you.
- EMAIL ADDRESS - You must have a working email address and you may possibly need to have the ability to scan paperwork or email images or documents for the Judge’s review.
ECourt Rules of Conduct and Decorum
- Proper clothing strictly enforced. Inappropriate attire will not be permitted. Dress code is the same as if you were appearing in-person in the courtroom.
- Avoid background noise – Ensure your environment is conducive to attend virtually.
- Avoid distractions – Turn off and put away any and all distractions so your full attention is given to the court proceedings.
- Do NOT record these proceedings.
- Proper respect for the Court process shall be adhered to at all times.
At Your ECourt Docket Virtual Appearance
- You will be required to present a valid photo ID during your video conference (Ex: Driver’s License, Texas ID, Work ID, Student ID, Library card, etc.)
- Please be prepared to enter a plea of Guilty, No Contest, or Not Guilty.
- Options such as deferred disposition, defensive driving, extensions, payment plans, community service and financial hardship review may be discussed at this time with the Judge.
Upon Completion of Your ECourt Virtual AppearanceAfter meeting with the Judge/Prosecutor a Court clerk will review the court order with you, and discuss any questions you may have.
IMMEDIATELY AFTER YOU APPEAR Virtually with the Judge, you MUST complete the Court Plea Form linked below form to finalize the action(s) taken by the Judge on your case(s). You will have two (2) business days to complete the form above. Failure to do so will result in a “Failure to Appear” offense filed against you and issuance of an Arrest Warrant.
- If Deferred Disposition/Driver’s Safety Course is ordered, you will be required to pay the applicable fee(s) immediately after your ECourt virtual appearance by calling the Court Clerk’s office at 817-491-0813, unless otherwise ordered by the Judge.
- If a Payment Plan is ordered, you will be required to make a partial payment on the total amount that you owe immediately after your ECourt virtual appearance by calling the Court Clerk’s office at 817-491-0813. The Judge may consider your financial situation when considering additional time/amounts required to be paid.
- If an Extension to Pay your Judgment is ordered, you will be required to complete and return the Plea/Waiver form above immediately after your ECourt virtual appearance.
NOTICE: The virtual court proceeding is official, on the record, and will be recorded per State Law. Counsel and all present participants are instructed to act as though you were physically in the courtroom; and all parties are instructed not to record the proceedings. Only the Court can provide the official record. As with all proceedings, violation of these instructions are subject to contempt proceedings. Accordingly, please exercise proper courtroom decorum at all times. Failure to comply will result in immediate removal until compliance is achieved.