Category: General Info

When is Municipal Court held?

Municipal Court is held on the second Wednesday of each month in the Municipal Court located at 301 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Cumming GA 30040 beginning at 6:00 pm.

 

What Tickets Mandate a Court Appearance?

- DUI - Suspended Driver's License - Driving Without Insurance - Speeding in Excess of 24 MPH over the Limit - Aggressive Driving - Laying Drags - Leaving the Scene of an Accident - Passing a School Bus - Commercial Vehicle Littering - Accident Caused by Unsecured Load - Shoplifting - Underage Drinking - Underage Possession of Alcohol - Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor - Possession of Drugs - Animal Cruelty - Animal Attacks on Humans - Attempting to Elude Police - Public Indecency All other tickets may be paid in advance, but must be paid in person by 4:00 pm the day of your assigned court date or on-line by midnight the day before the assigned court date. On-line ticket payment is currently down, but will return shortly. If you have any questions you may call April Martin, the Clerk of Court, at 770-781-2002 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Tickets can be paid by telephone prior to the day of your court date by calling the number above. If your ticket allows advance payment and you wish to pay it in person, the location to pay it is 301 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Cumming, GA, 30040. The office hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday thru Friday.

 

What Payment Methods are Accepted?

We accept cash, credit cards, (Master Card and Visa only), Money Orders and Certified Checks.

 

What is a Warning?

Written/Verbal warnings are just what the name implies - a courtesy warning which does not assess fines or points on your license.

 

What is the latest I can pay my citation

Payments are accepted until 4:00pm on the day of your Court Date.

 

Who is the Municipal Court Judge?

Judge Charles Smith

 

Do I have to have an attorney?

No. While you do have the right to bring an attorney with you to represent you in court, it is not required.

 

Can I get an extension on my court date?

Only if you are incarcerated, in the hospital or scheduled to appear in another court on the same date and time.

 

What is the proper attire for court?

No shorts, halter tops, crop tops, tank tops. No suggestive or offensive material or attire. All hates must be removed and shoes are required. If you are dressed inappropriately you will be asked to leave.

 

Can I bring my cell phone/pager or other noise-making device inside the courtroom?

No, these will not be allowed in the courtroom even if they are turned off. If you do bring them to court you will be asked to return them to your vehicle.

 

How do I get a public defender?

You will need to make an application for a public defender at your arraignment.

 

Will I be subject to a security check before entering the courtroom?

Yes. You and your belongings are subject to a security check at any time.

 

What is the difference between arraignment day and trial day.

Arraignment day is a day for you to speak with the judge about any questions or concerns, or to plead guilty with an explanation. Officers and witnesses are not required to appear on arraignment day. On trial day the officer and witnesses will be required to attend so that they may answer questions relating to your particular incident. Most attorney- handled cases are heard this day and if you are pleading not guilty you are required to attend.

 

What items are prohibited at the Court building?

Weapons, electronic equipment such as cameras, video recorders and cell phones, food, beverages, chewing gum and tobacco products.

 

Can I bring my children to court?

Children are not allowed in the courtroom, please arrange other plans for your children before coming to Court.

 

What time is my hearing?

You must be present and accounted for at the start of court, which is at 6:00pm on the day of your hearing.

 

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What happens when you appear in court?

The court calendar will be called and defendants will be required to enter a plea. A plea of guilty, not guilty or nolo contendere will be entered for each defendant. Defendants have the option of a pre-trial conference with the City Solicitor to discuss the charges against them. Pleas of not guilty will be scheduled for a later court date, either in the municipal Court for a bench trial or at state court for a jury trial. The judge will hear the cases for those who entered a please of guilty or nolo contendere, and will impose sentence accordingly. Defendants must meet with the Municipal Probation office before being excused from court. Defendants setenced to pay only a fine will make their fine payments at court, their case will be closed and they will be excused from court.

 

What happens if I do not appear in court on my scheduled day?

If you fail to appear for your scheduled court date, a warrant will be issued for your arrest. For certain violations, the DDS will be notified of your failure to appear and your driver's license will be suspended.

 

What if I am arrested and in jail?

The City of Cumming has set up a bond schedule, allowing release from the jail until the scheduled court date, upon payment of the bond amount, either through a cash bond, property bond, or the services of a bonding company. Any person arrested on a citation will see a judicial officer at the jail within 48 hours of incarceration. Any person arrested on a warrant will see a judicial officer within 72 hours of incarceration.At that time, the defendant will be advised of the charges pending, and the bond amount will be reviewd and can be altered at the discretion of the judge. Any person released from the Cumming City Jail on a bond must appear on their scheduled court date, otherwise a Failure to Appear warrant will be issued for their arrest.

 

Why is my fine more expensive that what the Judge told me?

The Laws of the State of Georgia require Municipal Courts to collect surcharges and fees in addition to the fien imposed by the Judge. These surcharges and fees are based on the violation and the amount of the fine, and apply to each citation issued. The City of Cumming collects these surcharges and fees, and submits them to the appropriate state agency on a monthly basis.

 

What if I can't make it to court on my scheduled date?

The Municipal Court Clerk can grant a continuance of a scheduled court date upon good cause shown. If you will be out of town, have a medical emergency or a family emergency, please contact our office at (770)781-2002 BEFORE your scheduled court date to discuss a contiunance of your case, or go to http://www.cummingmunicipalcourt.com and go to the documents section to download it.

 

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