Municipal Court


Due to the current coronavirus emergency, the normal rules for entering a plea are temporarily changed. The main change is that NO PERSONAL IN-COURT APPEARANCES WILL BE REQUIRED OR PERMITTED FOR APRIL 14, 2020 AND MAY 19, 2020.

Pleas of guilty, not guilty and no contest MUST be entered either via email ( or regular mail (Cottage Grove Municipal Court, 221 E. Cottage Grove Rd., Cottage Grove WI  53527) on or before May 19.

If you choose to plead not guilty, the court will schedule a telephone pretrial conference with the Cottage Grove village attorney just as if you had appeared in person and entered your plea.

If you wish to enter an appearance and plead guilty or no contest, you should include with your plea a description of any circumstances surrounding your ticket which you would like the court to take into consideration.

If you are a juvenile and wish to plead guilty or no contest, you will in most cases be offered resolution of your ticket via Peer Court.     

If you do not want to enter any formal appearance and prefer to dispose of your ticket simply by paying it, you can do so either by mail or online.

If the court does not hear from you at all, you will be found guilty by default.

If you have any questions concerning these temporary procedures, please contact the court either by phone (608-839-8064) or email (

Hon. Mark L. Hepfinger

Municipal Judge

Village of Cottage Grove

The Cottage Grove Municipal Court serves the village and operates independently of the Police Department. The court clerks office is located at the Village Hall, 221 E Cottage Grove Road, Cottage Grove (2 blocks east of the intersection of County Highway N and BB in Cottage Grove). Tickets can be paid at this location during business hours; weekdays, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Initial Appearances

Regularly scheduled initial court appearance sessions are held at the Village Hall (address and location noted above) for citations issued into the Village Municipal Court. If you were issued a citation, the date and time of the initial appearance and location of the court is on the ticket. Regular court dates are the third Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at the Village Hall.

Questions & Contact

Questions concerning court appearances and citations, trials or case status can be directed to the Municipal Court Clerk at 608-839-8064 or emailed to the Municipal Court. Mail should be addressed to:
Municipal Court Clerk
Cottage Grove Municipal Court
221 E Cottage Grove Road
Cottage Grove, WI 53527