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Municipal Court

General Information

The Covington Municipal Court provides a local forum for the resolution of minor traffic infractions, parking citations and city ordinance violations issued within the city limits of Covington. The Municipal Court is the judicial branch of the city government. Municipal Court Judge Steven A. Hawthron, appointed by the Covington City Council, oversees the Court’s operations. The majority of cases heard in Municipal Court are traffic infractions. This court does not handle civil or small claims cases.

Office Hours:
M–F — 8 am - 5 pm
Phone: 770-385-2141
Fax: 770-385-2198

How To Reach The Court

The Covington Municipal Court is located inside the Covington Police Department facility at 1143 Oak Street SE, Covington, Georgia 30014 and can be reached during office hours at 770-385-2141.

Court Schedule

Arraignments are held on the 1st Wednesday of every month at 9:00 am & 1:00 pm. You will need to check your citation to see what time you need to appear.

Trials are held the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Wednesday of the month at 1:30 pm.

If you are uncertain when to appear in court – or if you even need to appear – feel free to call the Court office at 770-385-2141.

How To Pay A Fine

Payments may be made payable to the City of Covington by cash, money order, Visa or Mastercard. You can also visit our website at www.covingtonpolice.com to pay online.

At this time – Visa and Mastercard can only be accepted in our office by the individual whose name appears on the credit card. We will not accept credit cards from family members – unless they are present.

Please write your citation number on your money order. They may be mailed to:

Covington Municipal Court
1143 Oak Street, SE
Covington, GA 30014

Payments must be received on or before your court appearance date. If you do not pay your fine by this date, the Court will assess additional fees. If you have been charged with a driving offense and have failed to appear for your case, your driver’s license may be suspended through the Georgia Department of Drivers Services or a warrant will be issued for your arrest.

Citations Can Be Handled in Three Ways

  1. By Mail - Please read the options on the back of your citation carefully. Choose one option only and follow the instructions for that option. The Municipal Court must receive your response on or before your court appearance date, or you will be found guilty, full fines assessed and sanctions shall be imposed.
  2. At the Municipal Court Office - Based on your driving record, and type of offense, under certain circumstances the clerk may be able to:
    • Provide eligibility information about the Traffic Diversion Class.
    • Accept a not quilty plea and provide necessary forms or set a trial date.
    • See if you qualify for court appointed counsel.
    • Give you the court's standard recommendation for the charges.
  3. Appear in court - Court arraignments are held the first Wednesday of every month at 9:00 am and 1:00 pm (look at your citation to determine the correct time to appear). You should arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time of court to sign in.

Trials

Trials are held the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wednesday of each month starting at 1:30 pm. At a trial, you and the police officer will appear in court to present evidence about your citation. Evidence can include the testimony of you and the officer, the testimony of any witnesses, and photographs or diagrams. You may choose to represent yourself, hire your own private counsel, or have counsel appointed to represent you. If you do not speak English – an interpreter will be provided for you. You must advise the Court at least two (2) weeks in advance of any special needs you have for your trial. The court may reset a first trial setting upon request of either party, provided that the request is made in writing, not later than seven (7) days prior to the time scheduled for the trial. The court clerk shall provide appropriate notice to the adverse party that the trial has been reset.

Non-attorney trials are informal and take approximately 20 minutes or less. The judge will hear the evidence and normally make a decision at the end of the trial.

If you choose to hire an attorney to represent you, your attorney must provide a letter of representation to the court no later than seven (7) days prior to the trial date. The trial may then need to be reset.

If you fail to appear for your trial, the court will enter a judgment against you resulting in a guilty conviction being entered on you driving record. You will be charged the full bail on the citation and an additional $55.00 per citation if you FAIL TO APPEAR FOR TRIAL. Non-payment will result in suspension of your driver's license and/or a warrant being issued for your arrest.

Failure to Appear

This is very important

If you do not appear in person or respond in writing to the Court by your court appearance date (which appears in the lower section of your citation):

  1. You wil be found guilty by default.
  2. The total base fine will be imposed, plus addtional fees.
  3. The Court will immediately send an order of Driver's License Suspension to the Department of Drivers Services.
  4. No further Court review of this case will be allowed.