In a lot of jurisdictions they have to give you a notice to appear in court…
I bet they did not schedule a court appearance….
The legal procedure in the United States is that you are given an arraignment, here you plead guilty or not guilty and submit motions to the court if you have not already.
The purpose of the arraingment is so the court can inform you of the formal charges and give you the ability to plead guilty or not guilty. This is the first time I have ever heard of a court demanding you make your plea before arraingment.
Sometimes they have a separate hearing to hear motions.
I would show up for court on the appointed day, and ask the judge if this is your arraignment.
If it is your arraignment ask him to inform you of the charges against you (usually violation of ordinance bla bla bla).
Plead not guilty and go to trial, if half of us plead not guilty the program loses its profit motive.
If the court says you did not call, indicate to the judge that you have appeared at your arraignment according to the ticket and you are ready to proceed. If the proscecution/court is not ready to proceed, you request that charges be dismissed as your right to a fair and speedy trial has been violated.
Do not “accept” a continuance by saying ” I am not agreeable to a continuance as I have waited X hours, I am appearing in court as ordered and am ready to proceed”. But do not be beligerant.
If the judge says HE is continuing it to next month, then next month you make a motion that the charges be dismissed as your right to fair and speedy trial has been violated and you have been forced to wait X hours in 2 trips to court because the prosecution and court was not ready.
Then plead not guilty, and have a motion ready to disallow the camera evidence from testimony as the system does not follow New Jersey law requiring a professional engineer licensed in New Jersey to set this up (look up requirements for professional engineers licensed in new jersey to do traffic engineering) , that there is a wealth of evidence to suggest that the evidence is tainted because of the vendors profit motive.
Do not say in trial that “I ran the red light because”…