What you need to know about Fairburn Municipal Court:
Fairburn Municipal Court Judge is – Judge Monica Ewing
- The Judge does not speak to anyone about court outside of the courtroom.
- Court Solicitor is – Rory Starkey.
Municipal Court Clerk Office Hours:
- Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm.
- No payments accepted after 4pm.
The Municipal Court is located at:
Fairburn, GA. 30213
The building is the unmarked brick building next to the Southside Theatre Guild. The parking lot entrance is on Washington Street. The sign to the parking lot is marked Municipal Court and parking is free. The building entrance is located in the alley way side entrance. The Court Clerk Office is to the left. Please proceed to the clerk’s window for assistance.
Your scheduled arraignment date and time will be listed at the bottom of the citation. At arraignments, the judge will only hear Guilty, Nolo Contendere Pleas and anyone wanting to do a Pre-trial with her. All Not Guilty Pleas will be reset to another court date.
If you plan to plead Not Guilty, you should call or visit the Court Clerk’s Office in advance to have your court date reset. If you are located out of state, your trail date can be reset via e-mail of fax.
Please be advised, you must fax or e-mail the signed copy of your reset notice to the court clerk.
Files without signed reset notices will remain on the Arraignment Calendar and defendants will be charged with Failure to appear if they miss the Arraignment Date. Please verify with the clerks after the reset notice is faxed or e-mailed to ensure receipt by the clerks.
Court Services will allow only one extension for Arraignment Dates. You must sign for an extension and you will be reset for a trial date.
At trial date, the Judge will hear all pleas:
- Not Guilty
- Nolo Contendere
The Solicitor and the Citing Officer will be present at trials.
If you wish to speak with the Solicitor, you may tell the Judge you would like a Pre-Trial. This will allow you the opportunity to speak with the Solicitor and the Officer before your case is heard before the Judge. Please be advised the Solicitor is the Prosecutor for the city.
A Public Defender will be available for consultation at all court dates. The Prosecutor is available to discuss your case and answer any questions during your scheduled court date and time.
If you have been reset for a Compliance Hearing (to pay fine, perform Community Service, attend Pride Class, etc.), proof of compliance can be presented to the Municipal Court Clerk’s Office any time before your court date and it will not be necessary to appear in court.
When you are sentenced to Community Service by the Judge, it is preferred that it is completed with the City of Fairburn. Please contact the office of Mr. Harvey Stokes at 770-964-2244, Ext.401 for additional information. If your Community Service cannot be completed through the City of Fairburn, you must contact the Municipal Court Clerk’s office.
Defensive Driving Classes
You may take any class approved by the Department of Driver Services. You may not take an online course. A list of classes can be found here: http://www.dds.ga.gov/dui/schoolmatrix.aspx
Please bring your certificate of completion from the Department of Driver Services to the clerk’s office on or before your court date.
If you fail to pay fines for your Citation the day of court, you will be put on Probation. An additional Probation Fee will be added to the total of your fines. If you are put on Probation, you must make all payments at the Probation Office, located at 5039 Union Street, Union City, GA.
The City of Fairburn’s Probation Officer is Glenda Hopkins and she may be reached at (770) 969 5400.
Failure to Appear If you miss your scheduled court date, a Failure to Appear will be issued by the Judge. A Failure to Appear Fee of $200.00 must be paid within two weeks of the missed court date or your license will be suspended and /or a Bench Warrant issued for your arrest.
Paying Citations before Court
Certain citations can be paid before court. Please see list below of qualifying citations and fine amounts. Acceptable payments are cash, check (with proof of ID) and credit card (Master Card or Visa) in person or money orders through the mail. Payments are accepted in person Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm.
- Paying in Person: Qualifying citations can be paid up until Noon of your scheduled 2pm court time. For court times of 8am or 10am, the citations must be paid by close of business of the previous business day. Please sign the back of your ticket and submit with payment.
- Paying via Mail: Citations must be paid with Money Orders and made payable to the City of Fairburn. Please write your citation number on the bottom of the Money Order, sign the back of your citation and mail it with your payment.
- Citations not included on list below require a mandatory court appearance.
|Speeding||0-14 MPH||(0 Points)||$165.|
|Speeding||15-18 MPH||(2 Points)||$191.|
|Speeding||19-23 MPH||(3 Points)||$230.|
|Speeding||24-30 MPH||(4 Points)||$295.|
You must appear in COURT for a citation issued for speeding over 30 MPH and resulting in an accident.
|Noise Violation-From Vehicle||$165|
|3 Axle Violation||$165|
|Obedience to Traffic Control Device (Red Light, Yield Sign, Stop Sign, etc.)||$165|
|Driving on Wrong Side of the Road||$165|
|Passing in a No Passing Zone||$165|
|Roadway Laned for Traffic||$165|
|Improper Left Turn||$165|
|Turn Signal Required||$165|
|Too Fast for Conditions||$230|
|Impeding Flow of Traffic||$200|
|Brake Lights/Turn Signal||$165|
|Use of High Beams||$165|
|Improper Color/Lighting Equipment||$165|
|Seat Belt Violation (Adults)||$15|
|Seat Belt Violation (Child)||$25|
|Following too Close||$165|
Warning for those who choose to pay their citations before court:
Please be advised, when you choose to pay a citation before court, it is the same as pleading guilty. For certain driving offences, points will be issued on your license. Listed below is a chart listing offences and the points that are given if the defendant pays before court or comes to court and is found guilty:
|Points are accumulated for:|
|Reckless Driving||4 points|
|Unlawful passing school bus||6 points|
|Improper passing on hill or curve||4 points|
|15 mph but less than 19 mph||2 points|
|19 mph but less than 24 mph||3 points|
|24 mph but less than 34 mph||4 points|
|34 mph or more||6 points|
|Disobedience of any traffic-control device or traffic officer||3 points|
|Possessing an open container of an alcoholic beverage while driving||2 points|
|Failure to adequately secure a load||2 points|
|All other moving violations||3 points|
|Child restraint – 1st offense||1 point|
|Child restraint – 2nd and subsequent offense||2 points|
(A conviction of aggressive driving by a person under 21 years
of age will result in a suspension of the driver’s license.)
|HOV lane violation – 4th and subsequent offense.||1 point|
More information can be found on the Georgia Department of Driver Services Website: www.dds.ga.gov
If your case was bound over to Fulton County, it is closed in the City of Fairburn. Please contact Fulton County.
If You are Under 21 Years of Age:
Anyone under 21 years of age is required to appear in court. Because it takes fewer points to lose your license, a minor traffic violation could suspend your license.
Attention Attorneys: The solicitor will not be present at arraignments. If you would like to waive the arraignment, please fax in the waiver of arraignment, entry of appearance or any other paper work to (770) 964 8984. We do accept all paper work from attorneys via fax, on letterhead.
Fairburn Municipal Court
26 W. Campbellton Street
Fairburn, Ga. 30213
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