Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Below is a list of frequently asked questions. If your question is not answered here, please contact the Magistrates Office. (Note: The information given here is not a substitution for legal advice.)

Is there a dress code or any requirements about what I can wear to court?

The court is a formal setting so please dress appropriately and professionally. You should not wear clothes with holes in them, tank tops, halter tops, or revealing clothing. Do not wear any clothing with obscene words or graphics. Please tuck in your shirt and remove any sunglasses or hats.

What will happen when I get to the courthouse?

Someone will assist you in checking in at our kiosk. When you enter the courthouse, you will walk through a metal detector.  You will need to empty your pockets and any bags are subject to search. You WILL NOT be allowed to bring your cellphone into the courtroom. 

Will my court trial take place right away?

Yes- your court date is set for both arraignment and trial. If you feel more time is needed to prepare or you would like time to hire an attorney, you may request a one-time continuance from the judge.

Can I appeal my case?

You have 14 days from the date of conviction to appeal your case to Baldwin County Circuit Court. You can inform the judge of your intent to appeal and you will be provided with the appropriate paperwork. You will be required to post an appeal bond. Once you appeal, your case is sent to circuit court where you will be given a new trial.

Can I go to traffic school?

If you have not had a citation within the last five years, you can request to attend traffic school. This request must be made to the judge on your court date. Upon completion of the course and payment of court cost, your case will be dismissed.

What forms of payment does the court accept?

  • Cash
  • Credit Card: a 4.5% service fee applies (we do not accept American Express)
  • Money Order or Certified Check: we cannot give change from a money order - please make sure the amount is exact

What happens if I miss court?

The judge may issue an alias warrant for failing to appear.

How will a ticket affect my license?

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is notified upon conviction and points may be assessed to your license. Only your insurance provider can tell you if any changes to your policy will take place.

How long will I be at court?

Court ends when the last case has been called. Times will vary.

What happens if I show up late to court?

The doors may be closed and you will not be allowed to enter. 

What are the basic rules of courtroom conduct?

  • No cell phones are allowed in the courtroom
  • No food, drinks or chewing gum
  • No hats or sunglasses
  • Be quiet while court is in session

How much is court costs?

The amount of court costs is set by the state, not by the city. Cost is assessed in each case unless you are found not guilty. 

Traffic tickets$176.50
Drivers license tickets$226.50
Domestic violence$249.00
Drug cases$364.00
Non-traffic misdemeanors$224.00
Seatbelt or Open containerNo costs

Please note: these amounts do not include any additional fines, warrant or failure to appear fees. An additional bail bond fee is assessed to all cases where a signature, cash or corporate bond was posted.