If you have questions or information regarding sexual offenders or offenders against children, please contact Cpl. Brian Robbins. A complete list of offenders may be viewed at sexoffender.nd.gov by clicking on the "Printable List of All Offenders."
Do you accept credit cards for payment of fines?
Yes. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover for payments of fines and other traffic violations either by phone or in person. There is a $3.00 convenience fee when using a credit card.
We also accept cash, checks and money orders. Please make checks or money orders payable to City of Grand Forks. When posting bond to get someone out of jail, you must pay in cash or with a surety bond (bondsman) depending on the charge.
On a class B misdemeanor the Judge can fine up to $1,500 and 30 days in jail, with the exception of Theft and Destruction of Public Property, which has a maximum penalty of $1,000 fine and 30 days in jail. If anyone indicates to you what sentence you will receive, keep in mind that is their opinion; the sentence imposed is the sole discretion of the Judge. If you enter in to a plea agreement, the judge may accept or reject the plea agreement.
Why is there a warrant for my arrest?
The Court will issue a warrant when:
You fail to comply with the Orders of the Judge.
You fail to make payments as promised.
You fail to appear on a charge which requires a mandatory appearance.
NOTE: The Police will not arrest you if you come to Municipal Court to appear on a warrant, however if police have any contact with you prior to your appearance in Court and a warrant is active, they are required to arrest you.
What if I’m unable to make my payment when required?
If at any time you are unable to make your payment when scheduled, you must appear in court on or before the due date to make arrangements with the Judge. Click here for court times.
Can I speak to the Judge by phone?
No. The Judge can only speak to you in the court room while court is in session.
What kind of information can the city prosecutor give me?
The City Prosecutor’s office can provide information about pending cases. This includes the following: providing information regarding evidence applicable to your case, discussing the possible penalties for criminal and traffic offenses, entering into plea negotiations, and addressing any other matter related to the prosecution of a City of Grand Forks case. This information is only available to the person charged or their attorney. You can reach the City Prosecutor’s office at (701)787-8160 from 8:30 am until approximately 10:00 am.
How do I get a Public Defender / Court Appointed Attorney?
You must appear in court within 14 days of your arraignment to make a request for a court appointed attorney. A court appointed attorney is available only on criminal charges. The Judge will make a decision at that time as to whether you qualify for a court appointed attorney or not. If an attorney is appointed it does not mean the attorney is free, and you may be required to pay a portion of the fees. When your case is completed, the Judge may determine that you will be responsible for all, none or for a percentage of the bill when known.
Does the Judge in Municipal Court perform weddings?
The Judge will perform weddings on Mondays at 10:15 a.m. with a limit of two each week.
We will not schedule an appointment until we receive the $60.00 non-refundable fee. This is subject to change at any time.
At the time of payment, the marriage license must be presented to the clerk, which will be returned after the ceremony. A date can then be set.
I was charged with a DUI. How do I get a work permit?
Who can I talk to about points on my driver’s license or suspension of my driving privileges?
The assessment of points and suspension of driving privileges are administrative actions taken by the North Dakota Department of Transportation. If you are licensed in another state you must contact your home state regarding this matter.
I need information about a civil case in Grand Forks County. Where can I get it?
For questions involving civil, probate, child support, divorce, guardianship that occurred in Grand Forks County, contact the Grand Forks Clerk of District Court at (701) 787-2715.