Municipal Court

Municipal Court Operations Update 

Chief Justice Melton has extended the Statewide Judicial Emergency until June 13. For the Municipal Court of Athens-Clarke County, this means that we will not have a criminal/traffic calendar until July 6. 

We will continue to have video hearings to the Jail, and are going to start experimenting with video arraignment and pre-trial motions in the intervening time period.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Municipal Court of Athens-Clarke County will be implementing courtroom procedures to insure the safety and health of the parties, staff and court personnel. 

All cases that had been originally scheduled between March 16 to July 2 will be rescheduled for a later date. All fine payments and deadlines will be extended to that new date. New notices will be mailed out to everyone. We will text court reminders and other court updates in cases where we have a valid cell phone. 

In the event that the public health emergency continues, the Chief Justice may issue further directives to restrict, postpone or cancel court activities. Failure to appear at future court dates could lead to suspension of your privilege to drive, or a warrant for your arrest. 

Please contact the court if your contact information has changed. You may call Municipal Court at 706-613-3690, but since the Athens-Clarke County government is on reduced services, email communication is preferred - Your email should include your full name, your complete mailing address, and a telephone number for receipt of text messages. You can also submit your contact information through our Court Date Reminder System enrollment form available through the button below.

The office will be closed during this time period, however, if you wish to pay your fine, or have any questions pertaining to your case, you may call our office number during business hours, and a clerk will be happy to help you - 706-613-3690. 

Any documents that need to be filed in a case will be addressed by appointment only. Once again, you may email questions to the court at Fines can be paid on line at or by calling 855-873-9708.

Municipal Court will extend every grace to individuals who have fine obligations, as current events will clearly affect the economic well-being of everyone who comes to court. The staff of the Municipal Court of Athens-Clarke County will continue to do their best to assist the public in navigating Municipal Court during this difficult time.

Municipal Court of Athens-Clarke County

The Municipal Court of Athens-Clarke County is the busiest court in Athens-Clarke County. Each year, the Court handles approximately 35,000 cases.

The Court has jurisdiction over all County ordinance violations; over all State misdemeanor traffic violations, including DUI; and over State misdemeanor crimes of Theft by Shoplifting, Possession of Less Than an Ounce of Marijuana, and Underage Possession of Alcohol.

The Court also handles Domestic Partnership filings and does perform weddings.

To contact the Municipal Court, please call (706) 613-3690.

PAY MUNICIPAL COURT FINES ONLINE or by phone toll free at 1-855-873-9708.