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Municipal Court

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.

Negotiations

If you would like to speak with our Solicitor (Leanne McDougall), she will be available on the day of court only.

Continuances

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

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

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.

Expectations

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.



FAQs

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.

Can someone else pay my citation?

Yes, if payment is made prior to your court date. Municipal Court payment website

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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