Although the State of Georgia has extended the Emergency Judicial Order, the State is allowing courts to hold hearing under certain guidelines.
The Cleveland Municipal will resume court sessions beginning June 22, 2020.
Please read the notice of court procedures in response to COVID-19.
If you choose, you may pay your fine online or through the mail.
Click here for additional information.
Questions? Call Ms. Charlie LaVelle at 706-865-0058.
COURT PROCEDURES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19
You do not need to come to court if your appearance is not mandatory or you have already paid your citation. You may be able to handle your citation before your scheduled court date and not need to appear.
If you wish to dispute the violation, it is your right to appear in court. For many traffic violations, appearance is not required.
Examples of violations that are a mandatory appearance include (This is not a full list):
DUI; Furnishing to, Purchase of, or Possession of Alcohol Under 21; Driving While License Suspended; Driving While Unlicensed; Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Drug Related Objects; Suspended/Cancelled/Revoked Registration; No Insurance; Hit and Run; Leaving the Scene of an Accident; Reckless Driving; Shoplifting; Theft; Obstructing Law Enforcement Officer(s)
If you are not sure whether you must appear for court, please contact the Clerk's Office: 706-865-0058
In response to the threat posed by the COVID-19 virus, Cleveland Municipal Court has implemented changes to court hearing procedures. Please be advised of the following:
- When you arrive for your court hearing, you will check-in in the lobby of White County Courthouse with Cleveland Municipal Court staff before you will be allowed access to the courtroom.
- Only a limited number will be allowed into the courtroom therefore you may be asked to wait before entering the courtroom It is your responsibility to check back in for when you will be allowed entry into the courtroom.
- Only the Defendant listed on the citation will be allowed to enter the court, with their attorney if applicable.
- One parent/guardian may accompany individuals 17-21 years of age.
- No friends, family members, or children may enter the courtroom. If you encounter a childcare issue, please contact the clerk's office prior to pm on your court date.
- Defendants who are 60 years of age or older and are not comfortable coming to court due to increased risk may contact the clerk's office prior to your court date.
- Defendants who are a member of an immune-compromised population (or living in a household with someone who is immune-compromised) and are not comfortable coming to court due to increased risk may contact the clerk's office prior to your court date.
- Any Defendant who is ill will not be permitted to enter the court. If you do not feel well, please stay at home and call the clerk's office. If necessary, leave a message with your phone number so that you can be contacted.
- Defendants who require an interpreter for court proceedings please contact the clerk's office prior to your court date
- All Defendants and staff must observe at least six feet of social distance at all times.
If you do not have an attorney and would like information about resolving your case that is not a must appear case without a court appearance, contact the Cleveland Municipal Court (706-865-0058). You may also pay your fine at ezcourtpay.com or by calling EZ Court (1-800-262-0128).
This 16th day of June, 2020
s/ Charlie LaVelle
Cleveland Municipal Court Clerk
Georgia Chief Justice Judicial Emergency Order