Municipal Court

GRADUAL EXPANSION OF COURT OPERATIONS DURING COVID-19 RECOVERY

Marietta Municipal Court has been closely monitoring developments around the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).  As part of our Continuity of Operations Plan, our goal is to limit the impact on visitors and staff.  This court is following the best practices and guidelines developed by the Georgia Council of Municipal Court Judges for the gradual expansion of services offered by the court to ensure the safety and health of both the court staff and the public during the current pandemic.  The following will be implemented by our court:


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Masks or face coverings are required while in the building and courtroom.
·   In-person court calendar size has been reduced to assist with social distancing. In order to maintain these standards, if possible, please refrain from bringing guests including children. Individuals will not be allowed to congregate or sit in waiting areas or common areas of the Court/Police building.
·    Virtual court hearings will be conducted as needed.
·   All areas will be sanitized and disinfected between court sessions.
·   Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the building.  We encourage frequent hand washing.
·  Dedicated entry-only and exit-only doorways, queue lines, and floor markings to encourage social distancing.

Screening process for individuals (including staff) before entering the building:

          ·  Individuals should self-screen for COVID-related symptoms.  If any of the following apply within 48 hours prior to entry into the building, you are not to enter the building:

o   Temperature of 100.0 or above

o   Cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing

o   Fatigue, muscle, or body aches

o   Headache, new loss of taste or smell

o   Sore throat, congestion, or runny nose

o   Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

o   If you or anyone in your household has experienced symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive, or are awaiting test results within the last 14 days.

If you are unable to enter the building for any of the above reasons, please contact the court at 770-794-5400 or you may visit the court’s drive-thru window for assistance or you may request to reschedule your court date by completing the online COVID-19 Continuance Request form.

COURT ORDERS
Guidelines for Operation During Recovery from COVID-19 JULY 2021
Amended Guidelines for Operating Marietta Municipal Court During the Recovery of COVID-19

VIRTUAL HEARINGS FOR PLEA/ARRAIGNMENT CALENDARS

Individuals who have received a notice advising that their case is scheduled for a virtual hearing, please click here to view a video message from Chief Judge Roger Rozen.

The following forms may be used during virtual hearings.  Please read these forms prior to your court date as you may be asked to certify that you have read and understand these forms when entering a plea on your case.
Virtual Hearings Forms Instructions
Defendant's Right to an Attorney - English version
Defendant's Right to an Attorney - Spanish version
Plea Proceeding Record, Acknowledgment, and Waiver of Rights
Probationer's Informed Consent to Terms of Probation - English version
Probationer's Informed Consent to Terms of Probation - Spanish version

COURT SESSIONS WILL BE STREAMED LIVE ON YOUTUBE.
Click here access the live-stream.  Please note that live-streams are not recorded and will be available only while court is in session.  


DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW

The City of Marietta Municipal Court is one of over 400 local courts of the Georgia Judicial System. Jurisdiction is limited to misdemeanor offenses of shoplifting of $500 or less; possession of marijuana (less than 1 ounce) and traffic offenses including DUI. The court adjudicates violations of local ordinances including zoning and parking offenses. Municipal Court also imposes civil penalties for photo-enforced red-light violations and photo-enforced school bus stop arm violations.

Municipal Court has the right and power to conduct non-jury trials, receive guilty pleas and impose sentence in the manner required by law. Sentences handed down by this court are limited to 12 months and a fine of up to $1,000 per offense. However, sentences for multiple charges may run consecutively to one another or consecutively to another case. These sentences may also be served on probation.

The court is comprised of 7 divisions which work together to perform the duties of the court. They are:

  • Judges
  • Prosecutors
  • Clerk of Court
  • Probation
  • Court Services
  • Court Security
  • Court Administration