Our Mission

The Perry Municipal Court is responsible to provide adjudication of municipal citations in a prompt, fair, and respectful manner. While the majority of the Court's docket concerns the disposition of motor vehicle citations, the Court also hears other misdemeanor and city code violation cases.

The Court recognizes the interest of the citizens of Perry, GA, in the enforcement of local laws but also recognizes the interest of defendants in receiving fair treatment and due process of law.

The Court shall remain independent and objective but will recognize its role in the community and will promote, whenever possible, an understanding of the Court and the role of the judicial function.

Perry Municipal Court is held on the first and third Wednesday of each month at Public Safety building, 1207 Washington St. Court begins promptly at 4:00 p.m. Court dates and times are printed on the citation. All persons entering the courtroom are subject to search.

NOTICE: Anyone wishing to pay their traffic citation, rather than appear in court, must do so before 4:00 p.m. on the day of their court appearance. Please note that some violations are mandatory court appearances and therefore paying in lieu of a court appearance is not allowed.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Many of your questions may be addressed either in the Q&A section of our website. If you have questions concerning point violations and/or license suspensions, please visit the Department of Driver Services or call their offices at 678-413-8400.

Yes.  Certain offenses are eligible for a jury trial.  The judge will reset your case to be heard in the State Court of Houston County upon request prior to hearing your case.

Contact the Clerk of Court immediately at (478) 988-2814. Do not ignore your citation.  It will not go away.  In fact, it only gets worse.  If you have not paid your fine or appeared in court, the judge may issue a bench warrant for your arrest.  In addition, the Clerk of Court may suspend your driver license through the Georgia Department of Driver Services. 

You are allowed one continuance by the court office for your arraignment date. This continuance will go to the officers' next arraignment date. A request must be made 48 hours prior to your court date.
You must appear on your court date and address this issue with the Judge. Failure to appear may result in a warrant being issued for your arrest or the Judge may issue a suspension of your license through the Department of Driving Services.
You are not required to have a lawyer for a municipal court matter. The decision is yours. It is important to understand that court staff is interested in answering all procedural questions you may have about how the court will handle your case. However they cannot offer legal advice or make recommendations to you about your case or recommend a lawyer.
You may pay the fine prior to your court date for any charge NOT listed as a mandatory appearance. If you choose not to appear in court, payment must be received by 4:00 p.m. on your court date otherwise you are expected to be in court. If you choose to plead Nolo or Not Guilty, you will have to come to court on your scheduled court date. A Not Guilty plea will be reset for a court trial.
We do not report any violation to your insurance company. Your insurance company has the right to review your driving record and can see that you were issued a citation. The Nolo plea does not keep the citation off your record. It is up to your insurance company as to how any plea affects your policy.
On your first appearance in court when your name is called for a plea, you may ask the judge for a court appointed attorney. The Judge will provide you with the contact information of the public defender and set your case for a future trial date. Once you contact the public defender, he will provide you with an application. The application will be submitted to the municipal court for the judge to review.  The judge will then look at your application to make sure you qualify. If you do, you will be granted a public defender at no cost to you.

You will first have to pay your fine.  Once the fine has been paid, you will receive from the court clerk’s office a release form (DPS912) to clear your license. You will need to take DPS912 form to your Department of Driver Services office to reinstate your license.  Please be aware that paying the fine DOES NOT CLEAR YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE with the Department of Driver Services. Contact the Department of Driver Services for reinstatement information. Phone number is: 678-413-8400. Once you make the payment and you do not request a new court date the violation will be reported as a guilty plea to the Department of Driving Services.  For information about points or how a citation may affect your driver's license, please contact the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS).

Yes. Upon request, interpreter services will be provided. If you are in need of interpreter services, you must contact and inform the court as soon as possible. It is your responsibility to inform the Court prior to your scheduled court date and time by contacting the Clerk’s office at 478-988-2814.