If you have been summoned to appear before a court, it is important that you know and remember your court date. Sometimes you may misplace your court date or forget the date and need to know when you are scheduled to appear. If you were to fail to show up at the schedule and required date and time, you may end up forfeiting your case, have fines issued or even have a warrant put out for your arrest.
Where To Begin
First you have to figure out which court you are scheduled to appear in. You will need to know which jurisdiction you will appear in as there is no one system with the ability to search all court listings at once.
If you committed (or are alleged to have committed) a crime, you will need to figure out teh municipality or county in which the offence happened and look up the date through the court that handles criminal affairs in that area. If the case is related to a civil concern, the jurisdiction will most likely be the county or municipality in which the civil incident occurred.
This will not always be the case. If you are appealing a previous case, there may be a higher court such as a Superior Court or an Appeals court. If the offence is classed as a federal offence, you may need to check a Federal District Court website for your court date appearance details.
Find Your Case Number
Any official information or communications you receive in regards to your case will include your case number. This will include court documentation, police reports and official notices. Each jurisdiction will have it's own case number format and the case number could be very long.
Even though you can lookup a court date without a case number, a case number will almost always be your fastest way to do so. Many court websites also allow you to search by first and last name - but if you have a more common name, it could be challenging to find your court date.
Go Online And Look It Up
Visit your relevant court's website and look for a menu or tab that says "Court Date Lookup" or something similar. You may also type in the name of the jurisdiction your case will be heard, the word "court" and "court date lookup" into Google or another search engine to find the page you need to use.