How to Check My Court Date

By Andrew Todd - Updated June 05, 2017
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All parties in a court case by law are to be notified by mail of all scheduled events relating to the case. If you have retained the services of an attorney and he has filed a Notice of Appearance, all notifications will be sent to him, and him will inform you of all upcoming dates that require your attendance. If you do not have an attorney and you have not received or have misplaced your notification, you can check your upcoming court date by accessing the Clerk of Court's website for the county that has jurisdiction over the case, or by calling the Clerk of Courts.

Navigate to the Clerk of Courts' website for the county that is hearing the case. Most Clerk of Courts' websites have an electronic case system which can be used to look up both open and closed cases. You can search for a case using the case number or names of the parties involved.

Select the civil or criminal court system. While many counties utilize a separate filing system for traffic cases, others file minor traffic infractions in the civil division. More serious offenses, such as reckless driving, will be filed with the Clerk of Courts' criminal division. If a court date has been mandated by the court rather than requested by the defendant, it typically will be filed in the criminal system.

Enter one of the party names in the case or enter the case or citation number. Click “Search.”

Browse through the search results to locate your case.

Locate the “Upcoming Events” or “Dates” section of the case page for the date, time and location of upcoming hearings and events.

Call the Clerk of Courts if an electronic case system is not available via the Clerk of Courts' website or if you are unable to locate your case. Civil, criminal and traffic courts often have different telephone numbers. To find the telephone numbers, click on the “Contact” page of the Clerk of Courts' website.

Provide the representative with the names of the parties or the case or citation number so that she may locate your case in the system. The representative’s system will have the latest information pertaining to your case, including dates of upcoming events.

About the Author

Andrew Todd has been writing since 2006. He has written for the Consumer Search website and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida. Todd has a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from the University of Central Florida.

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