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Athens Municipal Court                                  Donald B. Mansell, Judge
951 East Hobbs Street (click for map)                B. Chadwick Wise, Prosecutor
Athens, AL  35611
(256) 233-8733
M-F 8am – 4:30pm

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The Municipal Court is responsible for all aspects of the City Court System, including the docketing of cases, information concerning fines, court dates, bonds, the issuance of warrants, disposition of cases and other related court matters.

FINE AMOUNT - PAYMENTS

All fines, court costs, restitution, and cash bonds must be paid to the Municipal Court.  All offenses do not require a court appearance.  You may call the number above regarding the cost of the offense and whether a court appearance will be required.

The Schedule of Fines adopted by the Athens City Council is available upon request.

We accept cash, cashier’s check, money order and debit/credit cards in the office.  There is a 4% fee for the use of debit/credit cards.

You may also pay your citation online, the same 4% fee applies.

IF YOU CHOOSE TO PAY ONLINE, YOU MUST PAY BEFORE YOUR COURT DATE.  THIS MEANS BY CLOSE OF BUSINESS THE DAY PRIOR.  SHOULD YOU PAY AFTER CLOSE OF BUSINESS OR THE MORNING OF YOUR COURT DATE, IT WILL STILL BE CONSIDERED A FAILURE TO APPEAR.

Cick Here to pay for citation online via ALAPAY

ISSUANCE OF WARRANTS

An person wishing to obtain a warrant for a misdemeanor or Ordinance Violation, that occurred within the city limits of Athens, must first file a report with the Athens Police Department and present it to the Clerk/Magistrate.  Incidents occurring outside the city limits of Athens or that are felonies will be referred to the Limestone County Circuit Court Clerk’s office.   As a general rule, no warrants will be issued on Thursday, due to court.

Please check  this document concerning Warrant Recall.  Call the Court office to see if you are eligible.

COURT

Municipal Court is held each Thursday beginning at 8:30am.  Arraignments are held each Thursday of the month, except the 3rd.  The 3rd Thursday is reserved for trials only.  Your case must be on the docket to go before the Judge. 

FAILURE TO APPEAR

If you fail to appear, for any reason or any charge, a warrant will be issued for your arrest and, if you have a traffic violation, your driving privilege will be suspended.  Once a warrant is issued, a court appearance is mandatory.  You must be arrested on the warrant and bond to receive a new court date.  Any license suspensions with remain effective until the resolution of the case.

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