Municipal Court

Adairsville Municipal Court is a court of limited jurisdiction, given its authority by OCGA 36-32-1. The court is created and given its power of punishment by the City of Adairsville Code of Ordinances. Municipal Court has the right and power to conduct non-jury trials, receive guilty pleas and impose sentence in the manner required by law.

City Council

The jurisdiction of the Adairsville Municipal court extends to: 

  • All misdemeanor traffic violations set forth in Title 40 of OCGA that are committed within the corporate limits of the City of Adairsville (by authority of OCGA 40-6-372 through 40-6-376 and adopted in the Code of Ordinances of the City of Adairsville);

  • All misdemeanor city ordinance violations committed within the corporate limits of the City of Adairsville;

  • Misdemeanor violations of the following laws of the State of Georgia-

    • Shoplifting,

    • Underage possession of alcohol,

    • Furnishing alcohol to underage persons,

    • Sale of alcohol to underage persons,

    • Public intoxication,

    • Disorderly conduct,

    • Violation of Georgia Controlled Substances Act-possession of less than one ounce of marijuana;

  • Violations of probated sentences by subjects sentenced to probation by this court.


The Adairsville Municipal Court may only hear cases brought against adults, ages 17 and over. All charges made against juveniles, ages 16 and under, must be turned over to Juvenile Court. 

The Adairsville Municipal Court does have jurisdiction over public nuisance violations under OCGA 41-2-5. 

The Adairsville Municipal Court does not hear any civil disputes (other than described above under public nuisances). Those matters are dealt with in Magistrate or Probate Court of Bartow County.

Must Appear Offenses:

  • DUI

  • HIT AND RUN

  • SUSPENDED, CANCELLED OR REVOKED LICENSE

  • RACING

  • AGGRESSIVE DRIVING

  • DRIVING ON SUSPENDED TAG OR REGISTRATION

  • NO INSURANCE

  • RECKLESS DRIVING

  • SHOPLIFTING

  • VGCSA

  • UNDERAGE ALCOHOL-POSSESSION WHILE OPERATING A VEHICLE, PURCHASE OR SALE

  • CITY ORDINANCE VIOLATION (EXCLUDING DISORDERLY CONDUCT

 

 

Must Appear Offenses: (Drivers under 21 YRS of age all offenses listed above and)

  • ANY 4 OR MORE POINT OFFENSE

  • SPEEDING 24 OR MORE OVER THE LIMIT

 

 

Failure To Appear Warrants Will Be Issues On:

  • MUST APPEAR OFFENSES

  • ALL DRIVING WITHOUT VALID GEORGIA LICENSE VIOLATIONS

  • ALL ORDINANCE VIOLATIONS

 

  DS 912 WILL BE ISSUED ON ALL OTHER MINOR VIOLATIONS 

  Soon after court a DS912 will be completed and sent to the state. The files are generated    

  electronically and will result in a suspension of your driver’s license that will remain in force until

  citation has been paid.  Once paid or otherwise cleared, a release must be generated, a certified

  copy given to the defendant, a suspension withdrawal will be sent to DDS electronically and a copy

  maintained in the file. 

 

 

To Pay Citations:

    To pay online -  adairsvillepayments.com

   

    By Phone at 1-844-854-0465  Citations may be searched by driver’s license number or citation number

 

    Pay in person with cash or money order at:

        116 Public Square

        Adairsville, GA 30103

        Monday – Friday 8:00 – 5:00 (excluding holidays)

        770-773-3451 Ext 102

 

     Mail money orders to:

         116 Public Square

         Adairsville GA 30103

 

 

Clerk of Court

  The Clerk of Court's office is the official depository and custodian of court records. This office

  maintains all original citations and sentencing orders of defendants and serves as the case

  manager by arranging court appearances, attending court hearings, preparing the case file,

  obtaining reports and test results, preparing orders for the judge's signature, attending court,

  assessing fines, accepting payments and updating of records by entering conditions of sentence

  for each offense.

 

 

Judge

  Municipal Court Judges are required by law to receive 20 hours of training as new judges.  Each

  year thereafter, the judges must satisfy 12 hours of training.  Training is offered several times a

  year by the University Of Georgia Institute Of Continuing Judicial Education.

 

 

Prosecutors

  Prosecutors are part-time and appointed by the Mayor of the City.  Prosecutors are not available

  by phone.  All communications are conducted in open court and according to the laws and

  procedures governing such communications. The Prosecutor is the legal party responsible for

  presenting the case on behalf of the City against an individual accused of breaking the law.  In

  preparing the case, the Prosecutor will investigate the charges, conduct background review of the

  accused, research test results, interview witnesses and determines a recommended sentence and

  fine amount for the Judge’s consideration. 

 

 

Court Appointed Attorney

  In certain circumstances you may be eligible for a court appointed attorney. The Adairsville

  Municipal Court follows the federal poverty guidelines when determining eligibility for a Court

  Appointed Attorney.

  • Requests for court appointed attorney are only accepted in open court.

  • Your case will not be heard until the application process has been completed.

  • Applicants will complete an application form and will be required to provide documentation.

  • A $50 cash or money order application fee will be imposed to be paid to the Clerk of Court upon the return of application.

  • The judge will review application and make a ruling concerning appointment of an attorney.

     

 

Court Interpreter Services

  • A request for a language interpreter can be made at your first court appearance.

  • Your case will not be heard until an interpreter is made available to you. 

  • You will not be charged for these services.

 

 

Court Rules

  Basic Rules of Court Conduct

 

  • Be on time    

  • Proceed through security checkpoint in an orderly fashion    

  • Allow officers to check all bags, packages, and belongings for prohibited items

 

   Prohibited Items

  •  Weapons of any kind

  •  Electronic equipment such as video, voice recorders or cameras (unless approved by the court) 

  •  Food, beverages, chewing gum, tobacco

  •  Cellphones must be on silent mode in courtroom – do not answer calls inside courtroom

 

 

   Dress Code (Items Prohibited)

  •  Hats are to be removed inside the courtroom (except those worn for religious purposes)

  •  Sunglasses

  •  Clothing, including T-shirts depicting sex, violence, illegal drugs, profanity, or displaying gang  or hate slogans

  •  Tube or halter tops/plunging necklines/midriffs, miniskirts, short shorts

  •  Baggy pants that fall  below the natural waistline

  •  Chains worn on clothing, with a wallet, or as a necklace 

 

 

 

2019 Court Dates @ 3PM:

  JANUARY 14, 2019                      JULY 8, 2019 

  FEBRUARY 11, 2019                   AUGUST 12, 2019

  MARCH 11, 2019                        SEPTEMBER 9, 2019

  APRIL 8, 2019                              OCTOBER 14, 2019

  MAY 13, 2019                              NOVEMBER 18, 2019*

  JUNE 10, 2019                             DECEMBER 9, 2019

   

   * November court date changed to third Monday of the month due to Veterans Day holiday

 

 

Contact the Court Clerk:

Paula Fouts

Page Last Edited: Wednesday October 31, 2018 9:10:08 AM

 
 
 
 

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