Municipal Court

The City of Perry Municipal Court is a non-jury court system responsible for adjudicating cases associated with misdemeanor traffic offenses, drug offenses, shoplifting cases, and city ordinance violations.  The court is presided over by the Hon. Herbert L Wells III.

Please note a strict dress code is enforced and no children are permitted inside the court.  Please refrain from wearing shorts, tank tops, flip-flops, pajamas, sweat pants, or baggy pants.

All persons entering the courtroom are subject to search.

Debit cards, credit cards, cash, and money orders are the only authorized form of payment.

Court Clerk

The Perry Municipal Court Clerk is responsible for the efficient day-to-day operation of the Court. The Clerk’s Office ensures the appropriate documentation is available to the Court and records the disposition of each case brought before the Court. The Clerk’s Office is also responsible to collect fines and/or fees due to the Court.

The Clerk’s Office telephone number is 478-988-2814.

The Clerk’s Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (except holidays). The Clerk’s office is closed for lunch between 12:00PM and 2:00PM. Payments during this time can be made with the Police Department located in the same building.

No Payments Will Be Accepted Over The Telephone On Court Dates

Indigent legal aid is available to qualifying defendants.  It is the defendant’s responsibility to request this service during arraignment.  For more information, contact the Clerk’s Office.

A Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or DUI-related offense (including: Occupying the driver’s seat), Driving with a suspended license, Possession of Alcohol Under 21 and Drug related offenses requires a defendant’s presence in court on the specified date.  Paying the fine in advance of the court date is not an available option for these offenses.

Court Dates

Please examine your citation for your court date.

If you cannot attend the Arraignment session on the date specified on your citation, you must contact the Clerk’s Office as soon as possible to request a continuance. The last day to request a continuance is 2 days before your scheduled court appearance.

Note: The Clerk’s Office can grant only one continuance per case and only if the defendant provides a strong rationale for being unable to attend on the specified date (e.g., family emergency).

You must appear in court on the specified date — or — pay your fine in advance of that date.

Court begins promptly at 4:00 PM.

You must be in your seat in the court room prior to these start times.  If you are late, you will not be admitted to the court room.

Also review the court rules prior to coming to court (pay special attention to dress requirements and the prohibition of electronic devices).

Court Rules

The following is a list of rules to be observed for appearances at the Perry Municipal Court:

  1. Do not be late. Court begins at 4:00 PM. If you are late, you will not be admitted to the court room.
  2. No weapons are permitted in the court room. This includes pocket knives. Please leave these items at home or in your vehicle.
  3. No children are allowed in the court room.
  4. No electronic devices are allowed in the court room. Please leave your cell phone, pager, laptop computer, Walkman, and/or iPod at home or in your vehicle.
  5. No food or drinks are allowed in the court room.
  6. No magazines, books, or newspapers are allowed in the court room. Documentation pertaining to your case may be brought into the court room.
  7. Be prepared to pay your fine. The Perry Municipal Court will accept cash, credit cards, debit cards or personal checks drawn on a local account.
  8. All persons entering the courtroom are subject to search.
  9. Proper dress is required to maintain integrity and decorum in the court room. The following is not appropriate dress for a court appearance, and you will be denied entry into the court room:
    • Baggy pants that fall below the waist
    • Shorts
    • Tank tops
    • Halters or bare midriffs
    • Hair curlers or hats
    • Bare feet or “flip flops”
    • Muscle shirts
    • Clothing with emblems that condone illegal or inappropriate activity
    • Clothing depicting violence, sexual acts, profanity, or illegal drugs

    Note: The Judge and/or Court Bailiff will have the final say as to what is appropriate dress for a court appearance.

Probation

Probation services is conducted by Judicial Alternatives of Georgia. Those persons placed on probation by the Court should contact them for any information regarding fees, fee schedules and your probation plan.

Their contact number is (478) 218-2739 and their web site can be found here.

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