The Municipal Court rules upon complaints brought before it by law enforcement agencies. It is a multi-jurisdictional court, covering the City of Columbus, City of Lodi, Village of Poynette, Village of Fall River, Village of Rio, Village of Cambria, Village of Randolph, Village of Pardeeville, Township of Dekorra, Village of Dane, Town of Lodi, Village of Arlington, and Township of Columbus.
Cases that are handled in municipal court include municipal ordinance violations and non-criminal traffic violations.
Our Clerk of Court Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm. We are not open on Saturday or Sunday.
Upon entering the court, you should find a seat within the rows of chairs prior to the initial starting.
When your name is called by the judge, you will approach the podium and be given the opportunity to plead guilty, no contest, or not guilty. Not guilty pleas are not heard at this time. You will be set up for an pretrial with the Village / City attorney at a later date.
A guilty plea means that you accept the charges being alleged against you.
A no contest plea is very similar to a guilty plea but the plea of no contest can not be used against you at a civil hearing such as a lawsuit.
You can submit a not guilty plea by mail, email, or fax prior to your initial appearance date. A not guilty plea means you are contesting the charge(s) against you. A pretrial with the Village/City Attorney will be scheduled. If resolution does not occur at the pretrial, a bench trial will be scheduled for a later date. If a bench trial is scheduled, you should be prepared to bring all evidence to support your case, including, but not limited to witnesses.
It is best to pay fines when they are due. Failure to pay the fines as required may result in one of or more of the following sanctions.
You will be housed at the Columbia County Jail in Portage until you pay the fine or have served the required amount of time. When a Warrant has been issued the only way to have it canceled is to serve the allowed number of days in jail or pay the fine in full. To pay the fine without going to ail you may go to your local police or sheriff's department and indicate to them you'd like to pay a warrant.
Your Wisconsin driver's license will be suspended for a period of up to one year for any unpaid traffic fine. when the traffic fine is paid in full the suspension on your license will be released and you will be eligible to go the the Department of Motor Vehicles to reinstate your driving privileges after paying a $60.00 reinstate fee to Department of Motor Vehicles.
The Wisconsin Department of Revenue's Tax Interception Refund Program (TRIP) is an avenue available to courts to collect fines, forfeitures and restitution. the court will certify the debt with DOR whereby your Wisconsin state taxes will be sent directly to the certifying court until the amount certified if paid in full.
If this debt is not paid in full within 60 days, the amount due may be referred to a DOR agent for collection action. A delinquent collection fee of 15% of the unpaid balance or $35.00, whichever is greater, will be added to your account. Collection action may include one or all of the following, some of which result in additional fees being added to your account:
*Interception of your Wisconsin tax refunds.
*Attachment of wages or other compensation being paid to you.
Garnishment, seizure or levy against your property, including bank accounts and IRAs.
*Filing a delinquent tax warrant with the Clerk of Courts in the county in which you reside and/or own property. This warrant will act as a judgment and lien on any real and personal property that you own and may affect your credit rating.
641 S Main St
PO Box 96
Fall River, WI 53932
Please note that the Eastern Columbia County Joint Municipal Court will be moving its offices and appearances for Columbus, Fall River, Randolph, Pardeeville, Cambria and Friesland. This move is schedule to become effective MAY 1, 2018. The new address will be: