Municipal Court COVID-19 Information

CHANGES TO COURT OPERATIONS RESULTING FROM CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)​

COURT SESSIONS WILL RESUME ON JUNE 16TH AT 9AM.

If you have already paid your citation and if your appearance is not mandatory, you do not need to come to court. If you wish to dispute the violation, it is your right to appear in court. For many traffic violations, your appearance is not required.

If you are not sure whether you must appear for court, contact the clerk’s office at 770-943-3726 x2003.

Defendants who require an interpreter for court proceedings, please contact the clerk’s office prior to your court date. (Los acusados que requieran un intérprete, comuníquense de inmediato al telefono 770-943-3726 x2012 or x2003, para obtener más información).

Hiram Municipal Court has been closely monitoring developments around the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our goals are to limit the impact on visitors and staff. As such, it has been necessary to reschedule most cases. If your case was impacted, a notice has been mailed to the address on file with the court.

We are trying our best to come up with reasonable policies and procedures to protect everyone’s health and well-being. Your patience and courtesy are appreciated.

Consistent with Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Melton's "Order Extending Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency", our court is following the best practices and guidelines developed by the Georgia Council of Municipal Court Judges and that Order 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:

To maintain a 6-foot radius seating distance:

We normally schedule 100 individuals per court session, however, this has been reduced to a maximum of 20 individuals per court session.

Individuals will not be allowed to congregate or sit in waiting areas or common areas of the Court building.

Please contact us to make arrangements if you:

 -are a member of an immune-compromised population (or living in a household with someone who is immune- compromised)

 -are over the age of 65; or

 -if you have small children and do not have child care

Only the defendant listed on the citation will be allowed to enter the courtroom, with their attorney, if applicable. Special permission may be granted if requested at least 24 hours in advance. Individuals under 21 may be accompanied by one parent/guardian. If you encounter a child care issue, please contact the clerk’s office prior to your court date.

• Court times are staggered for every 30 minutes. Please be on time.

• When you arrive for your arraignment, you will check in at security in the front of the court building. You will be asked to provide your name and a cell phone number. If there is not enough space in the courtroom, you will be asked to return to your vehicle until space is available. You may be subject to a temperature check or screening questionnaire upon entry.

Defendants who are 60 years of age or older and are not comfortable coming to court due to increased risk may contact the clerk’s office prior to your court date.

• While we are taking every precaution possible, defendants are encouraged to wear a face covering (mask or cloth) the entire time while inside of the courtroom.

• Any defendant who is ill will not be permitted to enter the court. Please, if you do not feel well, stay at home and call the clerk’s office to discuss options.

Again, if you have any questions, you may contact Court Services by email at court@hiram-ga.gov or by telephone at 770-943-3726 x2012 or x2003.

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