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State Court Clerk Criminal Division

Contact Number: (770) 528-1246

The cases processed by the Criminal Division are categorized into three different types of cases: Traffic Violations Bureau (T.V.B.) cases (traffic citations allowing payment of bond/fine in lieu of court appearance), Traffic cases (traffic citations that require a court appearance or involve an accident), and Misdemeanor cases.

In 2017, the Criminal Division filed 5,503 misdemeanor cases and 41,149 traffic cases.

Fees

Item Fee
Copy Charge $0.25 per page
Certified Copy $3.00 (stamp and seal) + $0.25 per page
Exemplified Copy $5.00 (certificate and seal) + $0.25 per page
Failure to Appear Rescheduling Fee $65.00

Calendars

Criminal calendars are printed each week; three weeks in advance of the scheduled date. Notice of court dates are acknowledged in person by the defendant, or mailed. If notice is mailed, a copy is sent to the defendant, surety and attorney.

Attorney Issued Subpoenas:

Record Searches

We do not perform record searches. The records of the Clerk of State Court are public records and are available for inspection during our normal business hours.

For phone assistance please have as much of the following information available as possible: Case number/warrant number/citation number, defendant’s full name and correct spelling, charges, date of violation.

You may also search your case online with CourtConnect.

Change of Address

It is the defendant’s responsibility to notify the court in writing of any change of address. Sureties and attorneys are also responsible for notifying the court in writing of any change of address. Failure to do so could result in not receiving notification of a court date change, which could result in a bench warrant and/or license suspension being issued for failure to appear.

Change of Address - Criminal Division Cases

At this time we do not accept electronic or fax filings.

When calling this office for further information, the case number or citation number is requested for faster, more efficient service.

Leave of Absence

When filing a Motion for Leave of Absence, Pursuant to Uniform Supervisor/State Court Rule 16, an original must be filed for each case. Or, if filing one leave, a list of cases must be provided along with a copy for each case file. Per a standing order of this court, the Court does not require an order to be filed with each case.

Dispositions

All misdemeanor and traffic dispositions that are required to be reported in compliance with Georgia Law are reported to the Department of Driver Services (DDS) and Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC).

Traffic

Traffic cases are more serious offenses that involve an accident or require a court appearance. These cases are maintained as part of the Court's official misdemeanor docket. In some instances when certain criteria are met, minor traffic offenses in which an accident occurred are payable in lieu of a court appearance. If required by state law, dispositions of traffic cases are submitted to the Department of Driver Services (DDS) and Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC).

All cases are scheduled for a Traffic Arraignment. At that hearing the defendant will either enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. A guilty plea may be completed at that time. A not guilty plea will be scheduled for a future trial date.

Continuance

If your citation is payable and you are requesting a continuance, please call (770) 528-2660. If you have a mandatory court appearance, the defendant and/or attorney will need to appear in person to request a continuance.

Failure to Appear: $65.00 Fee

A $65.00 rescheduling fee will be imposed for failure to appear at your designated court date and time. Failure to appear for any court appearance could result in a Bench Warrant for arrest of the defendant, a Bond Forfeiture Hearing (if applicable) and/or a Suspension of Driver’s License.

Change of Address

It is the defendant’s responsibility to notify the Court in writing of any change of address. Failure to do so could result in not receiving notification of a court date change, which could result in a bench warrant or license suspension being issued for failure to appear.

Traffic Violations Bureau

Traffic Violations Bureau (T.V.B.) cases are minor driving offenses that occur in unincorporated Cobb County in which the violator has the option of posting a bond (paying a fine) in lieu of a court appearance.

Violations are determined to be payable and fines set by the Judges of this court in accordance with applicable state laws. The Traffic Violations Bureau Bond Order sets out these payable violations and applicable fines. When required by state law, dispositions on Traffic Violations Bureau tickets are submitted to the Department of Driver Services (DDS).

General Information

It takes approximately ten (10) working days from the date a citation is issued before information is available through the State Court Clerk’s Office. General information as to the status of a citation (whether a citation is payable or requires a court appearance) may be obtained by calling the Traffic Violations Bureau. An automated information line may be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at, (770) 528-2660. Fines may also be queried by accessing the State Court Clerk's Office online ticket payment system.

Failure to Appear Rescheduling Fee: A $65.00 rescheduling fee will be assessed for failure to appear. Failure to appear for any court appearance may result in a bench warrant for arrest of the defendant, a Bond Forfeiture Hearing (if applicable) and/or a Suspension of Driver's License.

Method of Payment

Personal or business checks will not be accepted. Payable citations may be paid via the Internet by accessing the Clerk's Office online ticket payment site. Citations may also be paid in person with cash, money order, cashier’s check, Master Card or Visa or by mail with money order or cashier’s check. If paying in person by credit card, the cardholder must be present to sign the charge slip. All payments that are mailed should be sent to:

Traffic Violations Bureau
12 East Park Square
Marietta, GA 30090

Change of Address

It is the defendant’s responsibility to notify the Court in writing of any change of address. Failure to do so could result in not receiving notification of a court date change, which could result in a bench warrant or license suspension being issued for failure to appear.

Juvenile Court Tickets

Defendants 16 years of age or younger on the date of receiving a citation, should contact Juvenile Court at (770) 528-2220 for information regarding their case.

Misdemeanor

The majority of cases involve charges such as shoplifting, simple battery, bad checks, etc. All defendants are required to appear in court when charged with a misdemeanor offense.

Information on a misdemeanor arrest case is not available through the Clerk’s Office until the case is officially filed and docketed with the Clerk by the Solicitor General’s Office. If there has been an arrest and no accusation filed with the Clerk the case will be in the Magistrate Court or the Solicitor General’s Office.

Once the accusation is filed with the Clerk, a misdemeanor case is scheduled for an Arraignment Hearing. Attorney may on behalf of their client, waive arraignment prior to arraignment date.

Dispositions

As required by state law, dispositions of these cases are submitted to the Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) and when applicable, the Department of Driver Services (DDS).

Continuances

The Clerk cannot issue a continuance for a Misdemeanor case. If you are requesting a continuance, contact the Solicitor General’s Office at (770) 528-8500.

Change of Address

It is the defendant’s responsibility to notify the Court in writing of any change of address. Failure to do so could result in not receiving notification of a court date change, which could result in a bench warrant or license suspension being issued for failure to appear.

Record Searches

We do not perform record searches. The records of the Clerk of State Court are public records and are available for inspection during our normal business hours.

For phone assistance please have as much of the following information available as possible: Case number/warrant number/citation number, defendant’s full name and correct spelling, charges, date of violation.

You may also search your case online with CourtConnect.