Contesting Traffic & Municipal Citations

You are required to appear in Court in person if your citation reference “YES,” unless a Not Guilty plea has been entered in writing prior to the court date.

If your citation reference, “NO,” you have the following options:

  • If you do not wish to contest the citation(s), you may pay your forfeiture (fine) prior to your court date. You may pay online here; please use OPTION 1 and have the citation number(s) available. Otherwise, you may mail to the following address a check or money order payable to the Village of Shorewood NOTE: Please enclose a copy of your citation or write citation number on the MEMO line.

Village of Shorewood Municipal Court

Attn: Court Clerk

3930 N. Murray Ave.

Shorewood, WI 53211


The court will enter a plea of no contest with a finding of guilty. No appearance in court is necessary.

If you need more time to pay, please contact the court clerk at (414) 847-2617. You may need to leave a voicemail; if so, the court clerk will return your call.

  • If you wish to contest the citation(s), you may enter your plea in Court on the date indicated on the citation.
  • If you wish to contest the citation(s) but would like to avoidcoming to court on your initial court date, you have the following options:
    1. You may plead guilty or no contest in advance by filling out the Plea form. Plea forms can be found here. State any circumstances you would tell the judge if you appeared in person. The judge will review your written plea and send you a decision. 
    2. You may plead not guilty in advance by filling out the plea form here. The court clerk will then provide further instructions for communicating with the village prosecutor to attempt to resolve your case before your initial court appearance. Make sure to sign and return the form prior to your initial court appearance date.

If your case is not resolved prior to your initial court appearance date (unless you have communicated to the court clerk) and you do not appear in person on that date, a default judgment of guilty could be entered against you.