If you've been summoned to appear in court, it is imperative that you remember your court date. However, for any one of several reasons, you may have misplaced your court summons, forgotten the date and need to know when you are scheduled to appear. Failing to show up in court at the required time and date may cause you to forfeit your case, be liable for fines or even receive a warrant for your arrest.
Many courts allow individuals to look up their court dates online in order to save time and improve attendance.
Where To Begin
The first place to start is to figure out in which court your are scheduled to appear. While you can look up court dates online, there is no single unified system that will allow you to search through every court listing at once. This is also known as finding the jurisdiction for your case.
If you have committed a crime, you can figure out the county or municipality in which you committed the crime and look up your date through the court that handles criminal affairs in that area. If you are summoned for a civil concern, the jurisdiction will likely be the county or municipality in which the civil incident occurred.
However, this is not always the case. If your case is an appeal of a previous case, it may be heard in a higher court such as an Appeals or Superior Court. If the offense was a federal one, you may need to look on the Federal District Court website for your court date details.
Find Your Case Number
Any official information you've received regarding your case will include your case number. This includes police reports, court documentation or official notices. The case number may be very long, and its format will vary between jurisdictions.
While a case number is not always required to look up your court date, it will almost certainly be the fastest way to do so. Many websites also have options to search by first and last name, but if someone shares your name it could be challenging to find your date.
Go Online And Look It Up
Visit the relevant court's website and look for a tab or menu option that says "Court Date Lookup" or a similar phrase. You may also type in the name of your jurisdiction, court and "court date lookup" into Google or another search engine to find a link to the page you need to use.