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Effective Immediately ALL Temple Municipal Court Proceedings will now be held at Temple City Hall 337 Sage Street Temple, Ga 30179
Temple Municipal Court
We handle City Ordinance Violations and Violations of the Uniform Traffic Rules Of The Road. Although Municipal Courts are a Court of "limited jurisdiction", they do have jurisdiction over the other misdemeanor violations such as shoplifting under $300.00, violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act (possession of marijuana, less than one ounce), underage possession of alcohol and various other violations.
Temple Municipal Court will strive to handle each case in a fair and expeditious manner. Any individual coming to our Court can count on being treated with courtesy, dignity and respect.
Court is open Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm.
We have three arraignment nights and one trial night each month. They are scheduled the first four Tuesdays of each month and Court is at 5pm these dates, however it is recommended you arrive at 4:30pm to speak with the City Solicitor about your case before the trial session begins.
Payments are accepted Monday thru Friday: to exclude holidays from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Excluding Lunch 12-1pm)
If you have a question about your citation, you may call the Temple Municipal Court Clerk at (770)562-3151
How Do I Pay My Fine?
After allowing 2-3 business days from the issue date on the citation, you may call the Court Clerk to acertain the amount of the standard fine for your violation(s). Certain violations may be disposed of before your assigned Court date. You may check this by calling or accessing the website. If your citation is payable, you may either pay it on-line at www.ezcourtpay.com, or in person at the Temple Police Department which is located at 261 West Johnson Street Temple, GA 30179.
Understand that paying before Court may result in points being assessed to your driver's history.
Any questions regarding points or status of your Georgia drivers license must be directed to the Georgia Department of Driver Services @ (678) 413-8400. The Municipal Court Clerk does not have control over the actions of the Department of Driver Services.
Forms of Payment:
- Cash (in person) MUST BE EXACT CHANGE
- Certified Check/Money Order
- Visa or MasterCard ( in person or on-line www.ezcourtpay.com )
This Court does not accept personal checks as payment for fines.
Latest date you can pay your citation prior to your Court Date:
We must receive all payments of fines by 5 p.m. on the day before your court date, if you wait until your court date to try and pay your citation, you will be advised to appear in court. If you fail to appear in court or you do not pay your citation by your court date a bench warrant will be issued for your Failure to Appear and a $200 contempt fee will be assessed. Also, your driver's license will be suspended due to your Failure to Appear and you will have to take care of your obligation to the court before the withdrawal will be sent to The Department of Driver Services.
What Can I expect On My Court Date?
Your first appearance is what is known as an arraignment. Please arrive on time as the Judge makes some VERY important announcements as to your rights. Also, please dress appropriately for Court. Court begins with the Judge making some preliminary announcements as to the processes, procedures, options and your rights. The Judge will then call the docket (list of cases) and ask each person how they wish to plea. This process will continue until each case has been disposed of.
If you are coming for a trial, please show up at 4:30 p.m.
What Are My Plea Options?
The information listed below is NOT legal advice as you have many rights available to you.
- Plea of Guilty: An admission of guilt. Depending on the offense, the plea may apply points to your driver's history or have other adverse affects.
- Plea of Not Guilty: By pleading not guilty, you may request a bench trial or, if applicable, you may request your case be bound over to Carroll County for a jury trial.
- Plea of Nolo Contendere: (Often known as Nolo or No Contest) this plea is only available once every (5) years and is discretionary. This plea requires your appearance in court.
Do I need to appear?
These charges that are considered must appear, that the Judge requires your appearance in court are:
- Any violation for a driver who is under 21 years of age
- Speeding charge of 85mph or more
- Driving Under the Influence
- Violation of Georgia Controlled Substances Act (possession of marijuana)
- Driving on a Suspended License
- Driving without Valid Insurance
- Hit and Run - Leaving the Scene of an Accident
- Reckless Driving
- Charges arising from an Accident
- Underage Possession of Alcohol
- Furnishing Alcohol to Underage Person
- City Code Nuisance Violations
- Passing a school bus loading or unloading
- And certain other violations
By order of the Honorable Timothy McCreary, Municipal Court Judge and the Chief of Police the following is the enforced rules and dress code of the City of Temple Municipal Court.
Failure to comply with the dress code will result in you being denied access to the Municipal Court and having your hearing postponed until the next available court date.
-Only individuals with citations are allowed in the courtroom if courtroom is at capacity set by the Fire Marshall
-If it should arise that other issues need to be addressed, the Judge, Temple Police, and/or Temple Municipal Court Personnel have the authority to do so.
-You should dress business casual
-All shirts should be tucked within your pants
-All pants must be worn at waist level
-Shoes are required
-Wallets with chains
-Garments with inappropriate graphics or wording
-All electronic devices (cell phones, pagers, and other noise making devices) must be left in your vehicle
-No cameras or audio recording devices are allowed within the Municipal Court
Absolutely NO WEAPONS (Guns, Knives, Pepper Spray, etc.)