The Henderson Municipal Court offers virtual court appearances that allow defendants to resolve cases at a video hearing using ZOOM on a computer or smart device. For Zoom help or tutorials, see bottom of page.
Reasons to Make a Virtual Court Appearance
- Enter a plea of NOT GUILTY and request a trial by judge or jury.
- Enter a plea of GUILTY or NO CONTEST.
- Request deferred disposition probation in cases for which that option is not available without a court appearance.
- Appeal to the Judge for a fine reduction.
- Appeal to the Judge for payment terms different from those a clerk can approve.
- Request that the judge lift a City of Henderson warrant.
- Request a different payment due date or amount from that established in a previous judgment or payment plan. Be prepared to explain why a change is required.
- Request more time to complete community service, driving safety course, or other court ordered program.
- Appearance is required by State law or Court policy for the charged offense.
NOTE: The Court will make every effort to dispose of your case(s) at a Virtual Court Appearance, however that may not be possible in all circumstances.
Virtual Court Appearances
- To schedule an appearance in Virtual Court, contact the Court to obtain meeting ID and login instructions.
You must have a webcam / built-in camera with sound and video on your device to make a virtual court appearance. The ZOOM app must be installed on the device before the virtual court appearance begins.
*Minimum tech requirements for Virtual Court Appearance are listed at the bottom of this page.
Unless the Judge specifies otherwise, all amounts ordered to be paid are required to be paid immediately. If the Judge approves an extension to pay in full or a payment plan, the Judge may require immediate down payment. In addition, you will be required to complete a payment application in which you disclose certain financial information, detailed contact information, and references. If the Judge approves an alternative means for you to satisfy the judgment (e.g., community service) a clerk will provide further instructions.
Virtual Court Appearance Guidelines
- If you have a language barrier or disability requiring a special accommodation including translation services, contact the Court at least 72 hours before your Virtual Court Appearance.
- Visitors are required to adhere to Courtroom Dress Code and Etiquette.
- Treat Court staff and proceedings with respect at all times.
- Avoid background noise and inappropriate or distracting background displays.
- Give your full attention to the proceedings. Turn off and put away all distractions.
- Recording the proceedings is prohibited.
- Be patient. Technical issues may arise and cause delays.
- State law requires court hearings be open to the public; therefore, all Virtual Court Appearances are streamed live to YouTube. Proceedings are not recorded.
Minimum Tech Requirements for Making a Virtual Court Appearance
- Device capable of accessing the internet (PC, MAC, Smart Phone, Tablet, etc.)
- Fast and stable internet connection
- Attached or built-in camera that will allow the judge to see you
- Attached or built-in microphone that will allow you to speak to the Judge
- Attached or built-in speakers that will allow you to hear the judge
- Working email address from which you can send and receive images or documents
- Working telephone number at which Court staff can reliably contact you.