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Municipal Court
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Sergeant Dorothy Carson
Municipal Court Clerk
770-607-6307
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Citations may be paid anytime prior to your court date by clicking on the link above.

MUNICIPAL COURT JURISDICTION
Cartersville Municipal Court is a court of limited jurisdiction, given its authority by OCGA 36-32-1. The court is created and given its power of punishment by Article 6 of the City of Cartersville Code of Ordinances. Authority and certain requirements of the Court are set forth in Section 13 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Cartersville.

The jurisdiction of the Cartersville Municipal court extends to:
  • All misdemeanor traffic violations set forth in Title 40 of OCGA that are committed within the corporate limits of the City of Cartersville (by authority of OCGA 40-6-372 through 40-6-376 and adopted in section Chapter 12 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Cartersville);
  • All misdemeanor city ordinance violations committed within the corporate limits of the City of Cartersville;
  • Misdemeanor violations of the following laws of the State of Georgia-
    • Shoplifting,
    • Underage possession of alcohol,
    • Furnishing alcohol to underage persons,
    • Sale of alcohol to underage persons,
    • Public intoxication,
    • Disorderly conduct,
    • Violation of Georgia Controlled Substances Act-possession of less than one ounce of marijuana;
  • Violations of probated sentences by subjects sentenced to probation by this court.

The Cartersville Municipal Court may only hear cases brought against adults, ages 17 and over. All charges made against juveniles, ages 16 and under, must be turned over to Juvenile Court.

The Cartersville Municipal Court does have jurisdiction over public nuisance violations under OCGA 41-2-5.

The Cartersville Municipal Court does have jurisdiction over condemnation of property under Chapter 6, Article of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Cartersville.

The Cartersville Municipal Court does not hear any civil or property disputes (other than described above under public nuisances and condemnations). Those matters are dealt with in Magistrate or Probate Court of Bartow County.

MUST APPEAR OFFENSES
  • DUI
  • HIT AND RUN
  • SUSPENDED, CANCELLED OR REVOKED LICENSE
  • RACING
  • AGGRESSIVE DRIVING
  • DRIVING ON SUSPENDED TAG OR REGISTRATION
  • NO INSURANCE
  • SHOPLIFTING
  • VGCSA
  • UNDERAGE ALCOHOL-POSSESSION WHILE OPERATING A VEHICLE, PURCHASE OR SALE
  • CITY ORDINANCE VIOLATION (EXCLUDING DISORDERLY CONDUCT)
  • UNDER 21 DRIVERS-ANY 4 OR MORE POINT OFFENSE
    • SPEEDING 24 OR MORE OVER THE LIMIT
    • RECKLESS DRIVING
    • PASSING ON A HILL OR CURVE
    • PASSING A SCHOOL BUS
    • BOOM BOX VIOLATION

FAILURE TO APPEAR WARRANTS WILL BE ISSUED ON
  • ALL MUST APPEAR OFFENSES
  • ALL DRIVING WITHOUT VALID GEORGIA LICENSE VIOLATIONS
    • NO DS 912 TO BE ISSUED
  • ALL ORDINANCE VIOLATIONS
    • NO DS 912 TO BE ISSUED

DS 912 WILL BE ISSUED ON ALL OTHER MINOR VIOLATIONS

912 files will be held for approximately 20 days after the failure to appear date before the DS912 will be completed and sent to the state. The files are generated electronically. Once paid or otherwise cleared, a release must be generated, a certified copy given to the defendant ant a copy maintained in the file.

For out of state drivers, a manual DS 912 must be completed. The original white copy is mailed to the offender with a failure to appear letter. If, after 20 days, the subject has not addressed the failure to appear, the yellow copy is mailed to the State Department of Driver’s Services. Once paid or otherwise cleared, the pink copy of the DS 912 form is to be signed and given to the defendant, the gold copy mailed or faxed to the Department of Driver’s Services and the remaining white copy filed.