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Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m, except for Town Holidays and weather emergencies. The following are official Holidays for the Town:
Town Hall and the Municipal Court have moved just down the road to a new building in Northlake Commons, the new commercial development on FM 407 in front of Harvest. The new Town Hall is in Suite 300, accessed at the rear of the central building of the development at 1500 Commons Circle.
The new Town Hall houses the Administration, Finance, and Development Services departments and is also the location of the Municipal Court and Town Council meetings. The old Town Hall at 1400 FM 407 now houses the offices of the Public Works Department. The Police Department will continue to be housed in temporary facilities on the same site until they move into the next phase of the Northlake Commons adjacent to the new Town Hall.
Go to Directions under Contact Us for directions to Town Hall.
Yes, the Municipal Court is now located at the new Town Hall. All tickets may be paid at the Municipal Court offices in Town Hall. Court proceedings take place in the Chamber Room of Town Hall. Go to Directions under Contact Us for directions to Town Hall.
Trash service is provided for the Town of Northlake by Waste Connections. To contact Waste Connections call 817-222-2221 or visit the Waste Connections website. Trash service for the Town of Northlake is on Wednesdays.
The United States Constitution and the Texas Constitution guarantee all people, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, or economic status, the right to trial by an impartial jury. Justice ultimately depends to a large measure upon the quality of the jurors who serve in our courts.
As a juror, you must be fair and impartial. Your actions and decisions must be free of any bias or prejudice. Your actions and decisions are the foundation of our judicial system.
You were selected at random by the municipal clerk from public information listings.
You cannot serve on a jury if:
If you are in doubt or think you may not be qualified to serve on a jury for one of the above or any other reasons, please notify the Judge.
You are entitled to be excused as a juror if you:
Municipal courts preside over criminal fine-only misdemeanor cases that arise under state or municipal ordinance.
A criminal case results when a person is accused of committing a crime. You, as a juror, must decide whether the person is presumed innocent; and the state, represented in municipal court by the city attorney or deputy city attorney, must prove guilty "beyond a reasonable doubt."
Your employer is not required to pay you while on jury duty; however, employers are prohibited by law from firing an employee for serving as a juror.
Any person charged with a criminal offense has a right to a jury trial.
Yes, the Texas Supreme Court has rules to assist you in your conduct as a juror, which will be given to you by the Judge.
Juries of six will hear cases in municipal court. A larger group, called a panel, will be sent to the trial court (courtroom) where the jurors will be questioned under the supervision of the Judge. A juror may be excused from the panel if it is shown that the juror cannot act impartially concerning the case to be heard. In addition, each side is allowed to remove three jurors from the panel without having to show any reason. The trial jury will be the first six of the remaining jurors on the panel.
It is a way for the parties to select a fair and impartial jury. Under the justice system, you may be questioned by each of the parties before they decide to remove a certain number of jurors from the jury panel. The city attorney represents the state, and the defendant is represented by an attorney or represents him or herself.
For example, a party may ask you questions to see if you are connected to the trial or if you have any prejudice or bias toward anyone in the trial. These questions are not intended to embarrass you, but rather to help the parties in the jury selection process. You may ask the Judge to allow you to answer some questions away from the other jurors.
After you have been selected as a juror on a trial panel, if you have a special need or an emergency, tell the bailiff.
You have the right to communicate with the Judge regarding any matters affecting your deliberations, including but not limited to:
During deliberation, if it becomes necessary to communicate with the Judge, the bailiff or the officer of the court will deliver jurors' notes to the Judge. The information in this handbook is not intended to take the place of the instructions given by the Judge in any case. In the event of a conflict, the Judge's instructions will prevail.
A person wishing to file a general complaint or a racial profiling complaint should contact the Northlake Police Department, Chief of Police or his designee at 940-648-4804 during normal business hours. All complaints will be handled promptly. You will be interviewed regarding your complaint. The Texas Government Code Section 614.021 provides that a complaint regarding a peace officer’s conduct must be in writing and signed by the complainant, in order to be considered by the Chief of Police. A copy of the complaint will also be provided to the officer or employee, if the investigation will not be compromised and before disciplinary action is taken.
When the investigation of a complaint reveals the charges are true and should be sustained against the police employee, the department may take one of the following actions, depending on the nature of the violation:
If there is not sufficient evidence to support the allegation, the investigation is closed with no further action taken.
The Texas Penal Code 37.08 states that a person commits an offense if he/she knowingly makes a false statement that is material to a criminal investigation. This offense is a class “B” misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and/or a $2,000 fine. The Northlake Police Department will pursue all false reports in accordance with the law.
If you are not satisfied with the investigation or action taken relating to your complaint, you may seek additional action from:
Project ChildSafe is a nationwide program whose purpose is to promote safe firearms handling and storage practices among all firearms owners through the distribution of key safety education messages and free gun locking devices (firearms safety kits). The program is supported by a U.S. Department of Justice grant (DOJ), the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), and is a component of Project Safe Neighborhoods.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, with over 3,000 members, is the shooting sports industry’s largest and most diverse trade association. Formed in 1961, the NSSF manages a variety of outreach programs with a special emphasis on efforts to promote firearm safety education to all gun owners.
Firearms accidents in the home can result from an unauthorized individual, often a child, finding a loaded and unsecured firearm in the home. The risk of firearms-related unintentional injuries or deaths can be reduced when firearms owners are aware of and fully understand their responsibility to handle firearms safely and store them in a secure manner. The goal of Project ChildSafe is to inform and educate all firearms owners on key safety issues and to provide firearms safety kits that include a gun locking device.
Project HomeSafe was developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation to provide key firearms safety education messages to non-traditional firearms owners. Project ChildSafe, with an increased emphasis on preventing children from accessing a loaded firearm in the home, is an expansion of the Project HomeSafe program.
Project Safe Neighborhoods is a comprehensive, strategic approach to reducing gun violence in America. The present Administration, through the U.S. Department of Justice, is providing the resources necessary for Project Safe Neighborhoods to be successful in reducing gun violence in local communities and is funding a number of programs that target gun crime. Project ChildSafe is a nationwide firearms safety education outreach program that complements these efforts to reduce gun violence by providing a prevention component that encourages safe handling and proper storage of firearms in the home.
NSSF was appointed by DOJ to administer Project ChildSafe because of NSSF’s experience and expertise in providing gun locks and safety education messages to firearms owners nationwide through the Project HomeSafe program. NSSF supplies safety kits, which include a gun lock and accompanying educational material on firearm safety, to its program partners and provides additional support and media outreach materials.
Project ChildSafe establishes partnerships with governors, lieutenant governors, U.S. Attorneys, community leaders, and law enforcement agencies to allow for efficient statewide distribution of firearm safety kits in all states.
The gun locking device distributed in the Project ChildSafe program is a cable-style gun lock that meets the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) current testing protocol standard (F2369-04). Cable locks require that many types of firearms be unloaded before the cable lock is installed, providing an extra level of safety.