The Town Court holds the judicial powers of the Town of Edgewood. We are a court of limited jurisdiction, handling violations of city ordinances, traffic offenses, and other infractions. The Town Judge is an elected official who serves a four-year term.
If You Are Under Age 18
If you are age 17 or younger, a parent or guardian must appear in court with you, unless you are only being charged with a seatbelt violation.
If You Are Charged with a Traffic Offense
If you wish to admit to the charges, sign the back of the ticket and submit it with your payment by mail or in person. All fines must be paid in full by certified funds (money order or cashier’s check made payable to Edgewood Town Court). The court does not accept cash or personal checks. Or you may pay through a 3rd part by debit or credit card but there are additional fees. To make a payment, call (888) 604-7888, or visit www.govpaynow.com and enter pay code 8488 for fines/costs or 8487 for probation.
You may pay a fine instead of appearing in court as long as you make payment before the initial hearing date indicated on the ticket. In addition, if you are charged with driving more than 26 mph over the speed limit, you must appear before the Judge.
If you wish to deny the charges, you must appear in court on the initial hearing date listed on your ticket, where you will enter a plea of not guilty, and your case will be set for pretrial. The officer who issued the ticket is not required to attend your initial hearing or pretrial.
If You Fail to Pay or Appear
Failure to pay a fine or appear in court will automatically result in a $25 late fee. If the Court suspends your license for failure to appear or pay, an additional $25 reinstatement fee will be assessed per ordinance. Failure to appear on any misdemeanor will result in the court issuing a warrant for your arrest.
Driving While Suspended
Those charged with Driving While Suspended must appear in court, even if the suspension has been resolved before the hearing date indicated on the ticket. Failing to appear for a Driving While Suspended charge, even if the suspension has been resolved, may result in a default judgment and the suspension of your license.
To Reschedule Your Initial Hearing
If you need to reschedule your initial hearing, please contact the Court at 649-5533 before your original initial hearing court date. You must receive confirmation that your initial hearing date has been changed; otherwise, you are expected to attend on the original date. Continuances will not be granted for less than good cause or less than 24 hours of the court date unless life or death situation with supporting documentation by 3:30pm of the court date.
If your case goes to trial, the officer who issued the ticket will testify, as may other witnesses. You will be given the opportunity to ask those who testify questions about what they said, and will be able to tell the judge your side of the events under oath. You may also present evidence, including photographs, diagrams, documents, and testimony from your own witnesses.
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You may request one continuance two weeks before your scheduled trial with good cause, as officers will have issued subpoenas two weeks prior to your court hearing. The Town Attorney or County Prosecutor may also request a continuance. Emergencies are handled on a case-by-case basis.
If you fail to appear for your trial, the judge may enter a default judgment against you, and (when appropriate) request that the Bureau of Motor Vehicles suspend your driving privileges.
Town Court Information
The Town Court is in the Edgewood Town Hall,
3405 Nichol Avenue (Indiana Route 32),
Edgewood, Indiana 46011.
Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m for pro se cases and 5pm for cases with attorneys.
(except holidays and the third Tuesday of each month)
Thursdays at 5:00 p.m.
Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.