Village of Caledonia 5043 Chester Lane, Racine, WI 53402

Court Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have a ticket with the Village of Caledonia?
You may lookup and pay your tickets by CLICKING HERE.

Do I have to appear in court?
If your citation says a court appearance is mandatory then you must appear.

If not, you should appear if you haven’t paid your ticket or made a written “not guilty” plea before your scheduled court date. You can make a written “not guilty” plea in person or by mail. Please make sure to give us the citation number or a copy of the citation and give us your current address and telephone number. If you do not appear, a default judgement will be entered against you and would have 60 days to pay your fine. If in doubt, appear in court. 

If I plead “not guilty” what happens?
You will receive a notice of a pretrial conference where you and the village prosecutor will meet to discuss your case. Bring any documents that might help to your pretrial conference. If your case is not resolved then it will be scheduled for a trial.

What happens if I don’t (or didn’t) show up on my court date? 
The court will enter a default judgement of Guilty by Default and you will be convicted as charged. You are given 60 days to pay your fine. If the fine is not paid in those 60 days, the Village may suspend your driver’s license for up to one year AND/OR issue a commitment for one day in custody in the Racine County Jail for every $50 that remains unpaid AND/OR refer your debt to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue for collection.

If you wish to reopen a citation after being found Guilty by Default you must complete a Motion to Reopen Form and return it to the Court Office. The judge is not required to approve your request and there is a $50 fee per citation to reopen a case. Requests made more than six months after the missed appearance will be approved only in extraordinary situations. You will be notified of your hearing once granted.

How do I rectify a 10 Day Warning?
10 Day Warnings are to be satisfied by completing the form provided during your traffic stop within the 10 days at the Caledonia Police Department located at 6900 Nicholson Road or another Police Department or Sheriffs Office. This form should be returned to the Caledonia Police Department. If your warning is not satisfied within the specified 10 days you may appear in court on the date specified on your citation. If you do not appear a finding of Guilty By Default will be found and you will be given 60 days to pay the citation in full.

How do I pay a ticket?
There are several options:

IN PERSON: Payments by cash, check and money order may be made at the Village Hall. There is an “after hours” outdoor deposit box at the Village Hall. Payments left in the deposit box should be by check or money order payable to CALEDONIA MUNICIPAL COURT. Please put the citation number on your check or money order or enclose a copy of the citation. Items in the deposit box will be addressed the following business day.

BY MAIL: Mail your check or money order payable to CALEDONIA MUNICIPAL COURT to the Caledonia Municipal Court at 5043 Chester Ln, Racine, WI 53402. Please put the citation number on your check or money order or enclose a copy of the citation. PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH.

ONLINE: CLICK HERE to make a payment online. (Convenience charge applies)

What if I can’t afford to pay a ticket?
You are given 60 days to pay after your conviction date. If you need additional time to pay, you may contact the Court Office prior to the end of the 60 days. Extensions of payment deadlines and/or installment payment plans are frequently granted. To receive an Indigency Hearing, you must complete an Indigency Statement, a Request for Time to Pay/Payment Plan Request and return it to the Court Office in person or by mail. You will be notified of your requested hearing date.

What happens if I don’t pay a citation by the deadline?
If you haven’t received additional time to pay your citation, the Village may suspend your driver’s license for up to one year AND/OR issue a commitment for one day in custody in the Racine County Jail for every $50 that remains unpaid AND/OR refer your debt to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue for collection.

What if I would like to request having the points or “fine” reduced?
Appear in court at your initial hearing. We cannot guarantee that your request will be granted but you are more than welcome to ask at your appearance.

What do I do if my license has been suspended for a Right-of-Way or Failure to Yield infraction?
If your operating privilege is suspended, you will not be eligible to reinstate until you have successfully completed the Right-of-Way course. This course has been designed to reacquaint you with vehicle right-of-way rules and provide awareness of keeping motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclists safe. List of instructors and locations can be found on the Department of Transportation website.

I didn't know I had to pay.  I moved but I updated my address with the Department of Transportation?
The court will send all correspondence to the last address provided. It is the defendants responsibility to inform the court of an address change. The court is not connected to the DOT.

My license is suspended and I would like to get it reinstated. What do I do next?
Your license will remain suspended until your citations are paid in full. If you have paid your citations in full, your license will remain suspended until you pay a reinstatement fee to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. If you have satisfied your fine you can not drive until your status has changed. Contact the DOT or their website for information on reinstatement eligibility. 

My debt has been sent to the Department of Revenue how can I make a payment?
Once your debt has been referred to the Department of Revenue for collection, the Village of Caledonia can no longer accept payments on your forfieture. Refer to the State Debt Collection Information Page.

IF YOU ARE SUSPENDED and your debt has been sent to the Department of Revenue for collections, your license will not be released until your debt is satisfied if full. The Court receives and applies State Debt Collection payments once a month. If you are suspended and the debt is paid in full to the DOR, you will need to supply the court with your paid receipt to release your suspenmsion prior to receiving your payment.

Questions? Contact the Court Office at 262-835-6467.

Court hours are Monday through Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm. 
(Closed Daily for Lunch)

5043 Chester Lane, Racine, WI 53402 
Office: 262-835-6467  |  Fax: 262-583-0599  |  court@caledoniawi.com
Staff cannot offer legal advice, make recommendations about your case or recommend an attorney.