1. I received a notice in the mail of a probable cause hearing from the court. What does that mean and who can I talk to about these violations?
  2. Can court personnel discuss the code violations with me before the probable cause hearing?
  3. I am not able to come to court on the day of my probable cause hearing. What should I do?
  4. I did not attend court on my hearing date after criminal process issued against me, and the court issued a warrant for my arrest. What should I do?
  5. The court found me guilty of the violations, and I have been ordered to pay a fine. Where do I pay the fine?

I received a notice in the mail of a probable cause hearing from the court.  What does that mean, and who can I talk to about these violations?

It means that a city or town inspector believes that your property is in violation of the housing codes.  You should immediately contact the inspector about any questions you may have.  


Can court personnel discuss the code violations with me before the probable cause hearing?

No. Court personnel have no personal knowledge of your property or the alleged violations in your case.  Only the city or town, through its inspector, is familiar with the violations as a result of their inspections.


I am not able to come to court on the day of my probable cause hearing. What should I do?

At the earliest possible time, you should ask the city or town to agree to “continue” (postpone) the case to a new date, and file your agreement with the court.  If they will not agree, you should file a written request for a postponement and have it heard by the clerk magistrate before the original probable cause hearing date.  Otherwise, you will be defaulted and criminal process may issue.  


I did not attend court on my hearing date after criminal process issued against me, and the court issued a warrant for my arrest. What should I do?

Immediately, you should go to the clerk’s office and ask that your default be removed and the warrant cancelled and recalled.  If you do not do so, you can be arrested (and held in custody) on the warrant. There is a $50 fee to recall the warrant (plus an additional $75 if you are arrested by the police).  You should be prepared to pay this fee when you come to the clerk’s office.


The court found me guilty of the violations, and I have been ordered to pay a fine. Where do I pay the fine?

At the clerk’s office where your case is pending.