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This week is Municipal Court Week, as declared by proclamation at last week’s Big Spring City Council meeting. According to the proclamation, more people come in personal contact with municipal courts more than all other Texas Courts combined.

The Big Spring Municipal Court is presided over by the Honorable Timothy Green. He is charged to provide a neutral, courteous, and fair forum for the trial of all Class C misdemeanor offenses arising under Texas civil and criminal statutes and City of Big Spring ordinances.  

 

The judge of this Court is appointed by the City Council of the City of Big Spring to preserve, protect and defend the United States Constitution, the Texas Constitution, and the laws of this state. 

 

"It is the responsibility of Municipal Court to represent the judicial system well. So, we want when people come in to the Municipal Court, they're treated fairly and they leave with a sense that they did receive justice," said Judge Green.

 

"Win, lose, or draw, the emphasis is treating a person with respect when they walk inot our doors; and also making decision according to the laws of the State of Texas or the ordinances of the City of Big Spring without the court interjecting itself into those things," he continued.

 

This Court and its officers are dedicated to the principles of impartiality, fairness, integrity, separation of powers, and judicial independence. These are the principles upon which our country was founded and to which the Court is committed in its role as the Judicial Branch of local government.

 

In recognition of Municipal Court Week, the video “The Role of Municipal Court” will be aired periodically on local Suddenlink Channel 17 over the next couple of weeks, and mini versions of the U.S. Constitution will be distributed to various city departments on Friday. 

 

Although COVID-19 precautions have limited the types of activities that can be done with the public at this time, Judge Green hopes to be able to interact with other entities next year to help educate the public on the role of the municipal court. In the meantime, he advised that his door is always open for anyone with general questions on the court or becoming a judge.

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