Preparing for your Court Appearance

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What to Expect

The Sandy Springs Municipal Court is located in City HallWhen you arrive at the City Hall office complex, follow signs to the Court. Please be on time for your scheduled court date, as the judge will provide valuable information at the opening of the court session.

Informational Video

The following information video will be played at the begin of your court session. You arrived at your court appearance already informed by watching the video in advance.

Court Rules

  • If a defendant is dressed inappropriately their case may be rescheduled for another court date.
  • Food or Drink is not allowed in the courtroom by anyone.
  • All containers and bags are subject to search. 
  • All cell phones must be kept on silent.

Required Court Appearances

The following "must appear" offenses require an appearance in court:

  • Aggressive Driving
  • All City Nuisance Offenses
  • All Alcohol Offenses (except open container)
  • All Codes Enforcement/Environmental Compliance Violations
  • All Defendants Under the Age of 21
  • All Drug Offenses
  • Any Charge that May Result in Jail Time/License Suspension
  • Attempt to Elude an Officer
  • Hit and Run
  • Habitual Violator Offenses
  • No Insurance
  • Passing a Loading/Unloading School Bus
  • Possession of a Concealed Weapon
  • Racing
  • Reckless Driving
  • Shoplifting
  • Speeding 30 mph or Greater over the Speed Limit
  • Suspended License
  • Suspended Registration
  • Vehicular Homicide/Serious Injury

Changing Your Court Date 

If you need to change your court date, the Sandy Springs Municipal Court allows one courtesy extension for citations that are not “must appear” offenses (listed above). Extensions must be requested in person at the Sandy Springs Municipal Court.

Foreign Language Interpreters 

Spanish interpreters are provided for all court sessions. If you require translation for any other language, please inform the clerk’s office prior to the court date by calling (770) 206-2075.

Accident Reports

If you would like a copy of your accident reports, contact the Sandy Springs Police Department.

Attorneys

It is not necessary to hire an attorney to represent you; however, you may hire an attorney to represent your case and have them file an entry of appearance with the court. If you are unable to afford an attorney and would like one, you may be interviewed by the Judge during your arraignment (initial court appearance) to see if you qualify under federal guidelines to have an attorney appointed to represent your case.

Policy Notes

  • Walk-ins are not allowed unless the person has a Failure to Appear (FTA) or a Bench Warrant (BW). Cases with a Bench Warrant will be allowed to walk-in until the end of the court session.
  • Attorney cases will not be pulled, unless they are on the court calendar on that day.
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