You must appear on your designated court date and time. Judges do not talk about pending cases without all parties present. You may contact the officer for a continuance after the initial court date if you are unable to appear.
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You can file a Motion to Reopen (PDF) within 5 calendar days of being found guilty or you can file a Notice of Appeal within 10 calendar days of being found guilty. Calendar days include Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. If the 5th or 10th day falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, you may file on the next business day.
Court staff members are not allowed to act on your behalf. We must remain neutral and not give one case party an advantage over the other. You may be able to put the request in writing to file in court, with a copy provided to the other side.