December 03, 2020
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gavelJustice Court handles traffic tickets in Jackson County that are written by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, Oregon State Police, Oregon Department of Transportation Weighmaster, Jackson County Weighmaster, and some tickets written by police officers for cities within Jackson County. The Justice Court also hears Municipal code violations for the cities of Central Point, Talent, Phoenix, Jacksonville and Shady Cove.

You have two main choices on what to do with your ticket. You can plead not guilty and have a trial. You can plead no contest. A no contest is like a guilty plea. With a no contest plea, you can give the judge an explanation of the circumstances, which will be taken into account in determining the amount of the fine. The state Legislature has set a minimum and a maximum fine for each type of violation. The judge cannot reduce the fine below the minimum. The bail amount on the ticket is the "presumptive fine", which is higher than the minimum fine and lower than the maximum fine.

Justice of the Peace Joseph Charter
Judge Joseph CharterJustice of the Peace Joseph M. Charter is an elected official and is serving his third six year term. He was first elected in 2004. He is a member of the Oregon State Bar, has a J. D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall), and a B.G. S. degree from the University of Michigan. He is a past president of the Oregon Justice of the Peace Association and a past president of the Jackson County Bar Association. He was a practicing attorney for 30 years and has lived in the Rogue Valley since 1990.