Austell Municipal Court is the judicial branch of the government of Austell. Court Services is responsible for processing all traffic citations, local ordinance violations, and misdemeanor state law violations issued by the Police Department. It is also responsible for preparing court dockets and collecting fines and fees.
Virtual Court Proceedings
In accordance with the latest Judicial Order due to the COVID-19 crisis, the City of Austell will be conducting court proceedings virtually via Zoom until further notice. This allows defendants to resolve their judicial matters while ensuring compliance with current health guidelines to protect the public as well as court personnel. Virtual court sessions will be held each Thursday at 5:30 pm, please log in 15 minutes prior. Defendants will need access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone that is equipped with a camera and microphone and a stable internet connection. If you do not have access to those devices, or require other accommodations, you are not excused from your court date. You must contact Court Services at (770) 944-4327 or (770) 944-4305 or firstname.lastname@example.org to receive instructions on how to join the hearing. Defendants will be required to present a valid Photo Identification at the time of their court session.
If you have downloaded the Zoom app, you should join the hearing process by using the following meeting ID: 897 0281 4454
If you do not have the Zoom app, you should join the hearing process by entering the following URL in your browser bar or by clicking on the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89702814454
**DEFENDANTS THAT HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED A JANUARY 2021 COURT DATE: **
-January 7th cases have been rescheduled to February 4th, 2021
-January 14th cases have been rescheduled to March 4th, 2021
MUNICIPAL COURT OF AUSTELL VIRTUAL COURT PROCEDURES FOR DEFENDANTS
ORDER AMENDING COURTHOUSE SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR ALL CLASSES OF COURTS AND REINSTATING THE PLAN TO RESUME JURY TRIALS IN THE COBB JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
Zoom Access to the Judge in the Courtroom
To access the Judge in the courtroom for the entry of a plea or other procedure to be handled by the Judge: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85084732041
Zoom Meeting ID: 850 8473 2401
If you would like to speak with our Solicitor (Leanne McDougall), she will be available on the day of court only.
The court does allow for one continuance per case. It must be signed for in person at the Court Services window. Please arrange for your continuance with the Clerk of Court no later than 24 hours prior to your court date.
Contempt of Court
If you miss your court date, you are subject to a contempt fee, a license suspension, and possibly a warrant.
Frequency of Court
The Austell Municipal Court is held 3 times per month in the Austell Threadmill Complex located at 5000 Austell Powder Springs Rd., Suite 175 Austell GA 30106.
Arraignments or first appearances begin either at 5:30 p.m. Please refer to your citation for your correct court date. It is possible that bond paperwork can have an incorrect court date. If you fail to appear in court on your scheduled court date a bench warrant will be issued for your arrest and your driver's license may be suspended after 30 days.
Trials begin at 5:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month unless that date falls on a Federal or State observed Holiday.
Prior to your court appearance you may call the Court Services office to obtain the bond amount of your citation(s). We accept cash, money order, or credit card/debit card as forms of payment or you may pay your citation online with a debit or credit card HERE. Please allow 7-10 business days from the time you receive the citation for processing.
There is a strict dress code for Municipal Court. Dress must be appropriate or you will be asked to leave. No shorts, tank tops, flip flops, or inappropriate clothing will be allowed. Everyone is required to pass through a security checkpoint. The following items are prohibited: any form of weapons, cell phones, hats or sunglasses. Parents with babies or small children who become disruptive will be asked to leave the court room.
For questions concerning court services: 770-944-4304, option 4
Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Are there costs other than the basic fine amount?
Certain offenses have surcharges that have been imposed by the State of Georgia that are added to the fine payable to the City of Austell. These surcharges are passed on to the appropriate state or county agency for which they are collected.
Do I have a right to a trial by jury?
Austell Municipal Court does not have jury trials; however, if your case qualifies, it can be bound over to Cobb County State Court. A trial date will be assigned to you by Cobb County, and it will be your responsibility to keep Cobb County State Court informed of your location.
If I plea "not guilty" will my case be tried on the same day?
No. Your original court date is an arraignment date for you to enter a plea of "guilty" or "not guilty". A "not guilty" plea requires a trial date to be established by the Court. At that time the officer and any witnesses involved in your case will be subpoenaed to be in Court to appear before the Judge in a bench trial.
Guilty Pleas that must be heard before the Court
(1) Any offense that involves loss of driving privilege.
(2) Any offense that involves incarceration:
(a) Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
(b) Driving on a suspended license
(c) No insurance
(d) Reckless driving
(e) Aggressive driving
(f) Possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana
(g) Fleeing and/or attempting to elude a Police Officer
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