Probable Cause and Motor
Vehicle Hearings are held every other Friday afternoon, at 2:00 PM. They are
usually done in the Second Session Court Room, and are conducted by a Clerk
Q: If I get a
ticket, what should I do?
A: You should either pay the fine, or appeal the citation as directed on the back of your copy.
Q: What happens if I
appeal the ticket, but don't show up to the hearing?
A: If you don't show
up, and you fail to notify the Clerk's Office or the Truro Police prosecutor,
you will be liable for the full amount of the citation.
Q: I can't make the
hearing, can I move the date?
A: Yes, but
generally, the Court will only honor this request one time.
Q: What are the
A: Generally, they
are done informally. Sometimes, they are done in an office, apart from the
group, however, generally, they are conducted in an open Court Room. The Clerk
Magistrate explains everything, so you need not worry about not having gone to
Q: I was found
responsible for a motor vehicle violation at a hearing? Can I appeal this, and
A: Yes, you may
appeal any Clerk Magistrates ruling on a motor vehicle violation. The
Commonwealth also has the right of appeal. An appeal takes place in front of the
presiding Judge on the day the police and you select for that appeal. At this
time. the officer who issued the citation must be there to testify. This is ONLY
TRUE AT THE APPEAL STAGE.