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A defendant may request a copy of their disposition in person by coming into the Public Safety Complex at 701 Queen City Pkwy SW. Identification will be required. If you are looking to obtain a disposition for someone else, you may do so by clicking here.
If you missed your scheduled court appearance, you need to call 770-531-2668 and speak with a court employee.
If you are unable to pay the fine associated with your citation, you must appear on your court date and speak with the Judge.
City of Gainesville Municipal Court utilizes Professional Probation Services to monitor probation guidelines issued by the court. You can contact them by calling 470-248-4090 or visit them at 731 Queen City Pkwy Suite 201 Gainesville, Ga 30501.
Arraignment is a formal reading of a criminal charging document in the presence of the defendant, to inform them of the charges against them. In response to arraignment, the accused is expected to enter a plea of Guilty, Not Guilty, or Nolo Contendre (NOLO).
Gainesville Municipal Court has two different options for your Not Guilty plea. You may either request a Bench Trial, which will be completed at a future date and time here at the Municipal Court, or you may request a Jury Trial. If a Jury Trial is chosen, your case will be transferred to Hall County State Court where they will provide your appearance date and time.
A plea of nolo contendere or no contest informs the court that the accused does not contest to the charges and will waive his or her right to trial, while maintaining a claim of innocence. A plea of nolo contendere more than likely cannot be used against a defendant in any subsequent proceedings. A nolo contendere plea, like a guilty plea is a conviction.
Points are added to your license upon conviction of certain violations. The Georgia Point System ranges from 2 to 6 points and are placed on your license by the Georgia Department of Driver Services. A list of convictions and their subsequent point totals can be found here.
If you receive a citation and find that there is incorrect information on it, please contact the court immediately by calling 770-531-2668.
Gainesville Municipal Court will have a Spanish language interpreter at all court sessions. Any further needs will be met on a case by case basis.