SERVING THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY
Chief Clerk of Municipal Court
Hours of Operation:
601 Mulberry St., P.O. Box 247, Macon, Georgia 31201
Macon-Bibb Municipal Court
PO Box 247
601 Mulberry Street
Macon, Georgia 31202
About Macon-Bibb County Municipal Court
Article VII of Macon’s city charter established Municipal Court as the judicial branch of our government. House Bill 1171 enacted by the General Assembly of Georgia consolidated the governments of the City of Macon and Bibb County, effective of January 01, 2014. Section 7(f) of HB 1171 declares that “on the effective date of this charter, the operations and employees of the Municipal Court of the City of Macon shall continue its operations without interruptions resulting from the adoption of this charter. The employees of such court shall become employees of the restructured government of Macon-Bibb County. The court shall be known as the Municipal Court of Macon-Bibb County.. .. Such court shall have jurisdiction over all traffic offenses and code violations occurring in Macon-Bibb County.”
Cases filed in Macon-Bibb County Municipal Court are for violations of certain misdemeanor state law offenses and violations of city-county ordinances, environmental violations, traffic violations, and parking violations.
Municipal Court of Macon-Bibb County is housed on the first floor of the Bibb County Courthouse at 601 Mulberry Street. The Bibb County Courthouse sits at the corner of Second Street and Mulberry Street. Access to the Court is through the main courthouse entrance (on the Second Street side of the building). Before gaining entry to the building, everyone must pass through a metal detector to ensure that no one carries any weapons or any other unlawful paraphernalia. One would then take the elevator down to the first floor…Municipal Court is located as soon as one steps off the elevator.
You can reach Macon-Bibb County Municipal Court by phoning (478) 751-7154, faxing (478) 621-6624 or (478) 621-6496. Please wait at least five working days after you receive a citation to contact the court. That much time is need for law enforcement officers who wrote the tickets to turn them in at the Court and then have them entered in the database. For information on background checks, accident and incident reports, please contact the Central Records Office of the Macon-Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.
Hours of operation
The Court’s hours of operation are from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Walk-in payments can be made during the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:45 PM Monday through Friday, in cash, by certified check, money order, VISA, MasterCard or Discover Card. The Court is closed on weekends and on the following eight holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King’s Day, Veterans’ Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas.
Reporting time for all morning sessions is 8:00 AM. Bailiffs prepare a log of all who wish to enter the courtroom in their order of arrival, give out waivers, and pull court cases for the solicitor(s) that will be speaking with you on how to move forward with your case(s). Please note that your order of arrival does not determine the order in which you would be called to speak with the solicitor(s) nor the order in which you would be called to go before the judge.
Proper Courtroom Demeanor
In spite of the fact that the Municipal Court is a Court of Common Pleas, certain minimum standards are necessary. All Defendants, officers, spectators, and witnesses are expected to maintain silence during the sessions. In the event excessive noise is created, the bailiff shall warn the person to conform to proper conduct. Failure to obey can result in ejection from the Courtroom, and in extreme cases, charges of contempt of Court may be preferred.
Law enforcement officers should keep talking to a minimum. In the event it is necessary to converse with the City Attorney, the Defendant or his or her attorney, please step outside of the Courtroom and let the bailiff know where you are. Officers should set all radios and pagers to a setting so as not to interrupt the proceedings. If an officer is in civilian dress, please dress in a manner respectful of the Court.
There is a dress code for all persons coming into the court, including judges, attorneys, witnesses, parties to the case, or even just casual observers of the proceedings. No provocative clothing such as halter tops or tank tops are allowed to be worn by either males or females. Generally, no clothing items with writing or printing or cartoons or caricatures or the like printed on them are allowed; this does not prohibit a shirt with a small logo such as the Nike “Swoosh” or a “polo” player or uniforms bearing the small “over the pocket” names of the employer and the employee. Caps or hats may not be worn in the Courtroom. No shorts are permitted, no matter how “dressy” they might be, and no athletic jerseys or items of clothing resembling athletic uniforms of any type are permitted. All pants or trousers must be pulled up to the waist level. Clothing which allows for underwear of any type to be visible is not permitted, and the wearing of any clothing in such a manner that the underwear is visible is not permitted. Dress or skirt lengths should be such as modesty permits.
The Solicitor General of Macon-Bibb County is charged with handling prosecutions in the Court. All motions and attempts at negotiations should be addressed to her/him.
All regular sessions of the Court are recorded by electronic means only. In the event a party desires a transcript of a proceeding, it shall be the party’s responsibility to make arrangement with a private court reporter to appear and make the transcript. In the event a party wishes access to the electronic recordings, arrangements can be made through the Clerk of the Court. Those electronic recordings will be available for at least 90 days after the hearing. Should a judge, party or witness desire the recording to be preserved beyond 90 days, they should contact the Clerk of the Court. The electronic recordings are not maintained to be any more than a reference. The quality of the recordings are not always as clear as might be desirable.
Schedule of fines
The following printed fine schedule may be superseded by changes that may not have been entered onto the website. That fee schedule quoted by court personnel at the time of inquiry shall be in full force. If it differs from the fine schedule printed here, it means that this printed fine schedule has not yet been revised to reflect the changes.
Fine amounts for violations listed below include not only base fines but also state-mandated add-ons or surcharges for beneficiary funds. Macon-Bibb County Municipal Court is statutorily mandated to collect these fees and transmit them to the State of Georgia. These funds range from 5% to 50% of the base fine amounts. Examples of such add-on beneficiary funds are the following: drug abuse treatment and education fund, county jail fund, police officers’ annuity and benefit fund, peace officer, prosecutor, and indigent defense fund, and local victims’ assistance fund.