Tualatin Municipal Court will begin handling traffic citations
by Brad Schmidt, The Oregonian Thursday January 29, 2009, 12:00 AM
At 9 a.m. today, the Tualatin Municipal Court will begin handling noncriminal traffic citations for the first time since 1992. Until now, those cited in Tualatin for traffic infractions had to travel to Beaverton or Oregon City to challenge the ticket.
The Tualatin City Council last summer approved expanding the court's oversight. Until today, only ordinance violations -- such as noise or graffiti -- were heard.
The city expects to process about 70 citations a week, up from a handful each month, said Cortney Cox, court administrator.
The increased caseload is expected to produce net revenues of at least $48,000 annually, said Don Hudson, the city's finance director.
Expanded, local court services will be more convenient for residents and police, Hudson said.
"We think it's providing a better service to our residents," he said.
After today, cases will be heard the first and third Thursdays of each month.
Jack Morris has been named presiding judge, a position he also holds in Sherwood.