Traffic Court moves to neighborhoods

Hennepin County's 4th Judicial District has opened community traffic courts wherein individuals can resolve minor traffic violations and ticket disputes without having to travel to the Hennepin County Government Center, 300 S. 6th St.

This initiative will allow court hearings to be held quarterly, during the first year, in neighborhood centers. All community courts will begin at 8:30 a.m. and last a full day. The Eastside Neighborhood Services Inc. hosted the first community Traffic Court.

Judicial Referee Susan Cochrane said she hopes the program will flourish throughout the city this year.

Traffic Court in the Community does not affect minor traffic violations that are easily resolved in the hearing office. Every disputed ticket must first go through the 4th District Violations Bureau. &#8220About 90 percent do work it out in the hearing office,” Cochrane said.

The community court focuses on people who cannot work out a traffic violation through the hearing office and must then be issued a court date. An individual has the opportunity to chose the location of their court hearing, either Downtown or in his or her own neighborhood. The court is not a walk-in service, however, the date must be scheduled.

The 4th Judicial District Hennepin County Traffic Court created this new program due to its high number of minor traffic violations appearances and to make it easier to resolve the traffic issues.

For hearing offices and community court locations, call 348-2040.