Decatur Municipal Court
Decatur Municipal Court’s permanent location is under renovation. During the renovation, court staff and operations have been relocated to 120 West Trinity Place, 3rd Floor, Room 311. This building is the DeKalb County Callaway building in downtown Decatur.
The old facility was a former school building and not designed to house a courtroom. The new facility has been designed to promote safety and security as well as to be functional and effective as a courtroom facility. It is anticipated that court operations will resume in the new facility by Fall 2014.
The Municipal Court holds first appearance and preliminary hearings for felony and misdemeanor charges to determine if enough probable cause exists to bind the case over to Superior or State Court of DeKalb County. The Municipal Court holds trials for traffic charges, some misdemeanors, city ordinance and parking violations that occur within the city limits of Decatur. The judges can assign fines and incarceration if the person is found guilty.
The Municipal Court judges are appointed by the Decatur City Commission. There are four judges that serve regularly and they are Robert N. Leitch (Chief Judge), Berryl A. Anderson, Lindsay R.M. Jones and Rhathelia Stroud. Additionally there are two substitute judges that serve in the absence of any of the regular judges. The substitute judges are Thomas Stubbs and Tisha Tallman. Larry Steele is the City Solicitor. He may be reached by calling 404-373-8000.
The Chief Court Clerk, Faye Brantley, oversees the day-to-day operations of the court. In addition to the Chief Court Clerk, there are two full-time Court Clerks and one part-time Court Marshall who prepare the court calendar, support court hearings, process paperwork after hearings, and accept payments of fines. The Court Clerks are Lori Bell and Courtney Jackson. The Court Marshall is Chardae Chayne.
Other services provided by the Court include:
Certified Court Dispositions
Decatur Municipal Court
420 W. Trinity Pl.
Hours of Operation
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The citation issued by the Decatur Police Department will include a court appearance date and time. You will be asked to enter a plea at that time. If the violation is not a mandatory appearance violation, you may pay the fine prior to the court date and time to avoid a court appearance. If your fine is not paid by your scheduled court session and you do not appear for your hearing, you will be penalized for failing to appear in court.
All Decatur Municipal Court hearings are open to the public and located at the following address or in the DeKalb County Jail.
Room 311, 3rd floor of the Callaway Building
120 West Trinity Place
Decatur, GA 30030
When appearing in court, you should dress appropriately and in a manner that shows respect for the court .
Court hearings will be held for the following:
Traffic tickets, ordinance violations and some misdemeanors on:
Tuesday, 6:00 PM
Wednesday, 6:00 PM
Thursday, 6:00 PM
Parking tickets on:
2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:00 PM
Preliminary Hearings and Probation Revocation hearings on:
Tuesday, 5:00 PM
Wednesday, 5:00 PM
Thursday, 5:00 PM
First Appearance and Bond Review hearings:
DeKalb County Jail
4425 Memorial Drive
Decatur, GA 30032
Monday, 7:00 AM
Wednesday, 7:00 AM
Friday, 7:00 AM
Saturday, 7:00 AM
(including all holidays except Christmas and New Year's Day)
If you wish to attend a jail hearing please go to the jail 10 minutes before the start of the hearing and ask the deputy at the door for assistance in attending court. You will be required to go through the usual security procedures and then you will be escorted to the courtroom.
If your ticket is for an offense that may be paid without going to court, your fine will be listed here . If you choose to pay your fine in advance, your options are below:
(a) In person or by mail at Decatur Municipal Court, 120 W. Trinity Place, 3rd floor, Room 311, Decatur, GA 30030
(b) Online at www.decaturpayments.com. For customer service, you may call 1-844-848-4746.
The Court accepts the following types of payment for finds or bonds:
- Cash (in-person only)
- Money order
- Certified check
- Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Debit Cards with Visa/Mastercard logo, 5% service fee will be applied.)
The Municipal Court contracts with a private probation service which can arrange payment plans for those individuals unable to pay their fines at court. The Probation Service supervises Court-ordered community service work and any other special conditions set by a judge at trial.
Professional Probation Services/PPS
If you are in need of language interpreter services, you must contact and inform the court as soon as possible. It is your responsibility to inform the Court prior to your scheduled court date and time by contacting the Court Clerk’s office at 678-553-6655.
Georgia Municipal Courts
For more general information about courts in Georgia and about Municipal Courts in particular go to the Council of Municipal Court Judges Web site (http://www.georgiacourts.org/councils/municipal/index.html). Please note that in the Appearing in Municipal Court video the judges talk about holding an arraignment hearing separately from trial. Decatur Municipal Court has arraignments and trials at the same hearing and does not require two separate court appearances. You may come to court just one time whether or not you choose to have a trial. All the constitutional rights mentioned in the video apply to each and every person accused in Decatur Municipal Court and all courts of the state.