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The Canton Municipal Court will resolve disputes fairly; in a manner that promotes public trust and confidence. With innovation and efficiency in mind, it seeks to provide equal and meaningful access to justice. Judicial officers and employees will stand together with a united court culture, lending their best efforts to serve the needs of the Canton Municipal Court and the community we serve.
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Frequently asked questions
What happens if I miss my trial date for a criminal charge?
What happens if I missed my court date for a traffic ticket?
If a court date is missed on a traffic citation, a 10-day notice will be mailed along with another court appearance letter to appear in court the following Wednesday after you missed your court date. If the defendant does not adhere to the second attempt, the suspension process will go forth.
Can I reschedule / continue my court date?
Do I need to be in court the day I am scheduled?
If you were given a court date and time, you will need to either appear and plea or ask for trial, or pay the ticket (if applicable) prior to court. If you do not appear, you are subject to having your driver's license suspended (in the case of traffic charges) or having a warrant issued for your arrest (in the case of criminal charges).
Something unexpected has come up (e.g. illness, car issues, etc.) and I cannot make my court date. Can you tell the judge / officer or continue my case?
Your case will be heard as scheduled unless you can provide written documentation as to why you could not make your court date as scheduled. This documentation will need to be provided at least 24 hours before the date of your trial for review. If you do not receive resolution on your court date, you will need to contact the court services at 601-859-9291.
Can I represent myself?
What is the procedure for entering a plea to a criminal charge?
Can I plead by phone?
Can I appear earlier than my trial date and time and speak with the judge?
What type of payments do you accept?
When do I have to have my fine?
Can I pay my fine online?
Can I pay my fine over the phone?
Can I pay my ticket and still plead not guilty?
Payment indicates a guilty plea and forfeiture of fine monies. Appearing on your court date gives you a chance to ask for a reduction in fines or plead not guilty.
Why do I have to pay court costs when I didn't go to court?
clerk of the court
226 East Peace Street
Canton, MS 39046
Canton Municipal Court 2015 Policy Updates
* As of January 1, 2015 a Photo ID will be required in order to enter the court room on court day.
* Fines and Fees are due in full on the trial date if found guilty or if you plead guilty.