State Court of DeKalb County
Pursuant to HB 300, enacted during the 2015 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly, a Traffic Division was established in the State Court of DeKalb County. All traffic cases, formerly handled at the Recorder's Court of DeKalb County, are now handled by the newly created State Court - Traffic Division. Cases are prosecuted by the Solicitor General, and are heard by State Court – Traffic Division Associate Judges Shondeana Crews Morris, Kiesha R. Storey, Ronald B. Ramsey, Sr., and Brian Ross (Presiding), who were sworn into office, respectively, by Governor Nathan Deal on July 30, 2015.
Companion legislation HB 302 provided for the abolition of Recorder's Court effective July 1, 2015. Thereafter, all code enforcement and criminal ordinance violation cases will be handled by the Magistrate Court of DeKalb County, and those cases will be heard by Magistrate Court judges designated by the Chief Magistrate Judge.
Traffic violation cases now heard in the State Court - Traffic Division, and code enforcement and criminal ordinance violations now heard in Magistrate Court are adjudicated in the same Camp Circle location previously occupied by the Recorder's Court. The State Court Clerk's Office maintains all records from Recorder's Court transferred to the custody of the Clerk, and that office also maintain records for the newly created Traffic Division as well as records for Magistrate Court. For information related to the Magistrate Court of DeKalb County, please visit www.dekalbcountymagistratecourt.com.
FTA (Failure to Appear) and Warrant services are now located at the Bobby Burgess Building on the second floor. FTA calendars are heard on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Burgess Building is located between the Traffic Division Court and Magistrate Court. State Court of DeKalb County - Traffic Division will continue to accept FTA paperwork from the public between 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. in preparation for court. The FTA Court Session starts at 2:00 p.m.
To further assist citizens with their responsibilities regarding fines and fees, the State Court - Traffic Division has adopted a new Deferred Sentencing Program. This sentencing arrangement allows a defendant, who is subject to a fine but unable to pay it immediately, time to pay during the course of a two-, four- or six-week period and avoid the additional burden of probation supervision fees that significantly increases the financial burden the fine may create. Only after a failure to fulfill that obligation within the approved time, a defendant is considered a candidate for probation.
Citizens and attorneys are also now benefitting from a structured 6 - week rotation court calendar that is planned and organized through 2016, which allows all parties to know when they are expected in court based on the rolling weeks set for arraignments, bench trials and compliance/probation hearings.
The State Court - Traffic Division in conjunction with the Chief Judge, the Court Clerk, the Solicitor General, the Sheriff, the Marshal, State Court Probation and others, continues to develop ways to minimize the burden on citizens caused by opt times inadvertent violations of laws.
Notice to counsel: You may waive arraignment using the form at the link below. Please print, complete all fields and return to the Clerk’s Office at Camp Circle. This form can be used to enter an appearance and waive arraignment. You will be sent notice of a trial date. State Court Entry Of Appearance
Please call 404-294-2099 for all inquiries related to traffic citations.
If you have a citation that you would like to pay, you can do so from this website -- www.dcrctkts.com