Municipal Court

Many fines may be paid online.
Please reference the documentation below for instructions.

Gainesville Municipal Court is located at 701 Queen City Parkway SW, Gainesville, Georgia 30501. Misdemeanor criminal cases and City ordinance violations are processed through Municipal Court.

If you have recieved a citation in the City of Gainesville . . .

Georgia law considers this an arrest for a traffic infraction, even though you were not taken to jail. To properly dispose of this citation, you have two options:

Option 1- Pay Your Fine

You may pay your fine either online (see below for instructions) or at City of Gainesville Traffic Bureau/Municipal Court and not appear in court to contest the citation. This will be considered a guilty plea. Online payments must be made by 5:00 pm the day prior to your court date; in person payments must be paid at least one hour prior to the time and date listed on the citation. Once you pay the fine, you do not have to appear in court. Your driving history will reflect a conviction for the offense(s) with which you were charged. If your case was designated "Court only" by a Police Supervisor, you MUST appear in court. Municipal Court is located at 701 Queen City Parkway SW, Gainesville, Georgia, 30501. The officer is not allowed to quote a fine amount. You must call Gainesville Traffic Bureau/Municipal Court (770) 531-2668 or inquire online (see below for instructions) for this information. Please allow three business days before calling for a fine amount or attempting to pay your fine online.

You may also mail your fine to Gainesville Traffic Bureau/Municipal Court, but please mail seven days prior to your court date, to ensure it is received on time. Send Money Orders only. No cash or checks. The mailing address is: Gainesville Municipal Court, 701 Queen City Parkway SW, Gainesville, GA 30501.
 

If you fail to pay your fine or appear in court, a bench warrant will be issued for your arrest. This will add an additional $100.00 to your fine. In addition, your Driver’s License may be suspended.

Option 2 – Appear in Court to Pay or to Contest your Citation

If you elect to appear in court to pay or contest your citation, you must appear in court on the date and time listed on the citation. Once the citation is issued, the officer is not allowed to revoke it; only the Municipal Court Judge is allowed to dispose of it.

Once in court, your name will be called and you will be asked to plead Guilty, Not Guilty, or in some cases, Nolo Contendre. If you plead Guilty or Nolo, the Judge will sentence you that day. If you plead Not Guilty, you will be given a trial date. On that date, you and the officer will be allowed to tell "your side of the story." Please bring any evidence or witnesses with you at that time. If you have an attorney, make sure he/she knows your court date.

Neither a Police Officer nor Municipal Court Personnel are allowed to advise you on how you should handle your case in court. If you need assistance, contact an attorney.

You are not allowed to change your court date via phone. Requests to change a court date must be made in person at the Municipal Court Office. Municipal Court personnel may only reset your court date one time; additional change requests must be made in open court. You must appear in court on the date you were given OR have your attorney appear for you. Also, your court date cannot be changed on the actual day of court. Again if you have questions, contact Gainesville Traffic Bureau/Municipal Court at (770) 531-2668.

Courtroom Rules

  • There is a dress code in Municipal Court. Casual or business dress is suggested. Shirts and shoes are required, and excessively short shorts, halter-tops, or hats of any kind are not allowed.
  • Weapons are not allowed in the courtroom (including small pocket-knives).
  • Cellular phones or pagers are allowed in the courtroom.
  • Follow all instructions given to you by the staff.

Online Payment and Online Inquiry

You may inquire and/or pay your fine online by going to www.gainesville.org. Click on the “I Want To” tab at the top of the home page, and then select “Pay Traffic Citation” or "Pay Court Fines".  Please have your citation number or driver’s license number available. A 4% convenience fee is added to online payments. Please allow at least three days from the ticket issue date before attempting to make your payment online.

Fines must be paid online by 5:00 pm the day prior to your court date. Some offenses do not qualify for online payment, and the system will not accept payment on such infractions.

Your payment made online will result in the recording of a guilty plea, and your driving history will reflect a conviction for the offense for which you were charged.

Please call (770) 531-2668 if you have further questions regarding payment of your fine.