Truancy Court

If you have been charged with violating the truancy or habitual truancy laws of the City of Middleton, you will be assigned a Wednesday night court date. Initial appearances in truancy court typically are held six to eight times during each school year.

As with any alleged ordinance violation, you can plead Guilty, Not Guilty or No Contest. If you plead Not Guilty, you will be given the next available date and time to appear for a Pre-Trial Conference with the City Prosecutor. Please see the Pre-Trial Conference page on the Municipal Court website for additional information. If you plead Guilty or No Contest, the Judge will find you guilty and impose a sentence that night. If it is necessary to schedule a trial, the next available date will be assigned.

In truancy cases involving the high school and middle school, a representative of the school (the Principal or Associate Principal) will appear in the courtroom as well. If a guilty judgment is rendered, the school representative will be asked to offer the school's recommendation for an educational response to the truancy problem. Then, the student and his/her parents will be asked for their response to the recommendation and for their own proposals. The Judge then will impose a sentence which may consist of a forfeiture, driver's license suspension or other consequences. In addition, the student will be ordered to attend all classes without any unexcused absences and provide the court with a school attendance report for a period of time following the initial court appearance.

In addition, the Court also holds truancy court review hearings six to eight times during each school year. During the review hearings, the Court will discuss with the juvenile, his/her parents & a representative of the school any alleged failure to comply with the Court's order.