City of thomson Departments

Municipal Court

The Thomson Municipal Court is responsible for handling all misdemeanor traffic cases, city ordinance violations and certain state misdemeanor crimes in which prosecution is initiated by the Thomson Police Department or other police agencies (Georgia State Patrol) for violations occurring within the city limits of Thomson.

The Municipal Court clerk’s office is located at 309 Main Street.

The court sessions are held at 337 Main Street (old McDuffie County Courthouse) on the second floor, on the second Tuesday of every month.

Office Hours

Monday-Friday (Closed weekends and holidays)
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Occasionally we may have to close for lunch, please call ahead)

Court – Second Tuesday of the month at 5:30 PM (Rare occasions, we reschedule due to conflicts)

Court Date

Your assigned court date is located on the front of your citation in the area above your signature.

On non-mandatory charges you have the choice of appearing in court on the assigned court date, or paying the fine prior to that date. If you post a cash bond and you do not appear, your bond will be forfeited and your case will be cleared as guilty by bond forfeiture. If you have a mandatory charge or if you do not pay your fine prior to your court date, you must come to court.


Instructions for Paying Traffic Citations

You may contact our office during regular business hours to obtain the bond amount for your citation. Please allow 72 hours from the time you receive the citation for processing.

Payment information is on the back of your citation. If your citation does not require a mandatory appearance, it may be paid up until 12:00 p.m. on your assigned court date. The court only accepts money order or cashier’s check. We do not accept cash or personal checks.

You can satisfy your citation by doing one of the following:

In person: 
You may pay your fine during regular business hours with a money order or cashiers check made payable to: The City of Thomson.

By mail
A money order or cashier’s check payable to City of Thomson mailed to be received prior to the court date, to:

Thomson Municipal Court
P.O. Box 1017
Thomson, GA 30824


Mandatory/Must Appear Offenses:

  • DUI
  • HIT AND RUN
  • SUSPENDED, CANCELLED OR REVOKED LICENSE
  • RACING
  • AGGRESSIVE DRIVING
  • DRIVING ON SUSPENDED TAG OR REGISTRATION
  • NO INSURANCE
  • POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA LESS THAN ONE OUNCE
  • SHOPLIFTING
  • VIOLATION LIMITED PERMIT
  • FLEEING/ATTEMPTING TO ELUDE
  • UNDERAGE ALCOHOL – POSSESSION WHILE OPERATING A VEHICLE, PURCHASE OR SALE
  • UNDER 21 DRIVERS-ANY 4 OR MORE POINT OFFENSE
    • SPEEDING 24 OR MORE OVER THE LIMIT
    • RECKLESS DRIVING
    • PASSING ON A HILL OR CURVE
    • PASSING A SCHOOL BUS

An officer may also make your charge a mandatory court appearance. If the officer does this, he or she will check the mandatory appearance box on your bond appearance paperwork. If you are unsure if your charge is a mandatory court appearance, call and verify with the court clerk.

Failure To Appear

Failure to pay your fine or appear in court will result in additional fines, a license suspension and possibly a warrant issued for your arrest

Additional Important Information:

The Judge is only present during court sessions. He does not have an office and is not available to discuss your case prior to your court date. It is your responsibility to provide any evidence you have on your assigned court date.

The court clerk cannot discuss the stop that resulted in citations being issued, give legal advice or recommend attorneys.

 

For questions regarding the status of your Georgia driver’s license, contact the Department of Driver Services


Can I pay my fine before court?

How do I request a public defender? Can I do this before my assigned arraignment date?

How can I obtain a continuance?

What happens if I miss my court date?

Will I just get another court date?

Are cases ever re-set after a failure to appear?

 


Can I pay my fine before court?

Yes, you can pay your citation before court as long as your case is not a mandatory court appearance. You can satisfy your citation by doing one of the following:

  1. You can pay your citation in person at the Thomson Municipal Court. You may pay your fine during regular business hours with a money order or cashiers check made payable to: The City of Thomson.
  2. You can pay your citation via mail. A money order or cashier’s check payable to City of Thomson mailed to be received prior to the court date, to:

Thomson Municipal Court
P.O. Box 1017
Thomson, GA 30824


How do I request a public defender? Can I do this before my assigned arraignment date?

You may apply for a public defender on your court date. You will be required to fill out a financial affidavit. Court personnel will look over your application and determine if you qualify to have a public defender assigned to your case. We determine this by using the poverty level guidelines for all states, published in the Federal Register. If you qualify, we will reschedule your court date to the public defender’s assigned date. If you do not qualify, you will have to determine what plea you want to enter and if necessary, a new court date will be issued.


How can I obtain a continuance?

The Municipal Court will only issue continuances under certain circumstances. They are:

  1. Death in Family
  2. Hospitalization
  3. Incarceration
  4. Court date in another court
  5. Mandatory test in school
  6. Military Leave

Written documentation must be provided to the Clerk of Court no later than 48 hours prior to your court date.


What happens if I miss my court date?

If you fail to pay your citation or fail to appear in court on your assigned court date, a $100.00 failure to appear fee will be added to your case. Your license may be suspended and/or a warrant could be issued for your arrest for failure to appear.


Will I just get another court date?

No. You will be required to pay the fine in full plus a contempt fee of $100 for having failed to appear, and the warrant will be recalled. You will also be given a form to take to the Georgia Department of Driver Services to get your license reinstated if it has already been suspended. The payment of the fine will finalize and close out your case.


Are cases ever re-set after a failure to appear?

Yes. Please see: How can I obtain a continuance? Note: You must provide documentation with proof that this circumstance applied at the time of the hearing.


Kay Chalker

Kay Chalker

Clerk of Municipal Court
Phone: (706) 595-2166
Email: kchalker@thomson-mcduffie.net

City of Thomson
Municipal Court
309 Main St
Thomson, GA 30824

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