City of Conyers Municipal Court Services

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Have you ever wondered what happens after a traffic citation or city ordinance violation citation is issued? To help you better understand the process, we have outlined the procedures which follow below.

  • A traffic citation or city ordinance violation citation is issued.
  • If a court appearance is not required, the citation is available for payment online or at the Department of Court Services during regular business hours, which are 8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Monday - Friday.  When court is in session, the Department of Court Services is closed.  Please see the court calendar below. 
  • If a court appearance is required, the citation is added to the court calendar for the appropriate date for arraignment.  The Judge will set the fine.
  • At the scheduled court date, also known as the arraignment, the defendant will be required to enter a plea to the charge. The three pleas available are:
    • Guilty
    • Not guilty
    • Nolo contendere 
  • If a guilty plea is entered, the defendant will be questioned by the Judge to ensure an understanding that entering a guilty plea waives any right to:
    • A trial by judge or jury
    • A presumption of innocence
    • Confront witnesses
    • Testify and offer evidence
    • A right to counsel
    • The right against self-incrimination
  • The Judge will also ensure that such waiver is made voluntarily and knowingly of the rights being waived.
  • If the Judge accepts the guilty plea, the defendant will be sentenced and the case will be disposed of. 
  • There are certain offenses where a plea of nolo contendere will be accepted by the Judge. A plea of nolo contendere neither admits nor denies guilt. Such a plea, where allowed, may avoid points being added to a defendant's driver's license and/or a driver's license suspension.
  • If a not guilty plea is offered, the defendant will be asked to choose either a bench trial or a jury trial.
    • If a bench trial is requested, the trial will be held in the Municipal Court on another day, and the case will be heard by the Municipal Court Judge.
    • If a jury trial is requested, the case will be transferred to State Court, and the trial will be scheduled for a later date.
  • If a defendant fails to appear on the scheduled court date, a warrant for arrest will be issued, and the Department of Driver Services will be notified, resulting in possible driver's license suspension. 
  • The disposition of the case will be input by the Court Services staff into the Courtware software and transmitted to the appropriate agency, such as the Department of Driver Services.
  • The citation, case disposition, and all associated paperwork will be filed and retained for up to 10 years, depending on the case.

FAQs

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding court appearances and other related issues.

What is the appropriate attire for the courtroom?

  • No shorts, scarves, hats, or tank tops allowed
  • No clothing with profane or vulgar language

What other courtroom policies do I need to be aware of?

  • No cell phones or electronic devices are allowed in the courtroom 
  • No food or drink is allowed in the courtroom

What charges require court appearances?

Click here for a complete list of charges that require a court appearance.

What happens when you appear in court?

  • The court calendar will be called, and defendants will be required to enter a plea.
  • A plea of guilty, not guilty, or nolo contendere will be entered for each defendant.
  • Defendants have the option to request a pre-trial conference with the City Solicitor to discuss the charges against them.
  • Pleas of not guilty will be scheduled for a later court date, either in the Municipal Court for a bench trial, or at State Court for a jury trial.
  • The judge will hear the cases for those who entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, and will impose sentence accordingly.
  • Defendants sentenced to probation must meet with the Municipal Probation office before being excused from court.
  • Defendants sentenced to only pay a fine will make their fine payment at court, their case will be closed, and they will be excused from court.

What happens if you fail to appear in court?

If you fail to appear for your scheduled court date, a warrant will be issued for your arrest. For certain violations, the Department of Driver Services be notified of your failure to appear and your driver's license will be suspended.

What if you are arrested and in jail?

  • The City of Conyers has set a bond schedule [PDF], allowing release from the Rockdale County jail until the scheduled court date, upon payment of the bond amount, either through a cash bond, a property bond, or the services of a bonding company.
  • Cash bonds may be paid at the Department of Court Services during regular business hours. Cash bonds may be paid at the Police Department at all other times.
  • Release secured through a property bond or the services of a bonding company can be arranged directly with the Rockdale County jail.
  • Any person arrested on a citation will see a judicial officer at the jail within 48 hours of incarceration. Any person arrested on a warrant will see a judicial officer within 72 hours of incarceration. At that time, the defendant will be advised of the charges pending, and the bond amount will be reviewed, and can be altered at the discretion of the Judge.
  • Any person released from the Rockdale County jail on a bond must appear on their scheduled court date, otherwise, a warrant will be issued for their arrest.

Why is your fine more than what the Judge told you?

  • The laws of the State of Georgia require Municipal Courts to collect surcharges and fees in addition to the fine imposed by the Judge. These surcharges and fees are based on the violation and the amount of the fine, and apply to each citation issued. The City of Conyers collects these surcharges and fees, and submits them to the appropriate state agency on a monthly basis.

What happens if you can't come to court on your scheduled court date?

The Municipal Court Clerk can grant a continuance of a scheduled court date upon good cause shown. If you will be out of town, have a medical situation, or a family emergency, please contact our office at (770) 929-4208 before your scheduled court date to discuss a continuance of your case.

Learn more about the Tax Refund Intercept Program (TRIP) program following the passage of HB 1000 by the 2014 Georgia General Assembly. The Conyers Municipal Court utilizes the TRIP program.

TRIP Program

Court Judges

Judge Terry Massey

Terry Massey is an attorney with offices located in Olde Town Conyers. He has lived in Conyers all of his life and graduated from Heritage High School in 1984. He received his B.B.A. in Management Information systems from the University of Georgia in 1987, and his J.D. from the University of Georgia in 1990. Upon graduation, he formed the partnership Moulton & Massey, and has been assisting local residents with their litigation needs since that time. Judge Massey is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Rockdale Bar Association, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and is a 1999 graduate of Leadership Georgia. He has been the Municipal Court Judge for the City of Conyers since 1995, and an assistant Magistrate Court Judge for Rockdale County from 1996 through 2003.

Associate Judge Garland C. "Gary" Moore

Garland C. "Gary" Moore is an attorney with offices located in Olde Town Conyers.  He has lived in Conyers since 1989.  Upon graduating from high school, Judge Moore served twelve years in the U.S. Army, and upon discharge in 1984, he earned his A.B. Degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia in 1985, and his Juris Doctor Degree from Georgia State University College of Law in 1989.  In 1989, he was promoted to Vice President of Ross, Russell, Ellis and Bailey--a government relations consulting firm focusing on private enterprise initiatives ranging from site selection, plant openings and closings, literacy and lobbying on a nationwide basis on the local, state and federal levels.  Since April 1991, Judge Moore has maintained a private practice in Conyers with an emphasis on criminal defense and family law where he has represented clients in over 70 Georgia counties, as well as in Alabama, Arizona, California and North Carolina.  Judge Moore is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Rockdale County Bar Association.  Having previously served as an Associate Judge for the Municipal Court for the city of Conyers from January-December 2000, Judge Moore was reappointed to the same post on June 1, 2011.  Judge Moore has also previously served as an Associate Judge for the Rockdale County Magistrate Court from January 1998-December 2000 and from September 2003-March 2008.  Judge Moore also served as a District Governor for Rotary International District 6910 from 2008-2009.

Court Schedule

Please be on time for your scheduled court appearance.

City of Conyers Municipal Court
Court Dates for 2017

2017 Court schedule

January 6
Arraignment - 8:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. (Hispanic)
January 11 Arraignment - 8:30 a.m.
January 13
Trial- 8:30 a.m. (B&C)
January 25 Arraignment - 8:30 a.m.
February 1
Arraignment - 8:30 a.m.
February 3 Trial - 8:30 a.m. (A&D)
February 8
Arraignment - 8:30 a.m.
February 24  8:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. arraignment 
March 1
Arraignment- - 8:30 a.m.
March 10
Trial - 8:30 a.m. (B&C)
March 17 Arraignment - 8:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. (Hispanic)
March 22
Arraignment - 8:30 a.m.
April 5
Arraignment - 8:30 a.m.
April 12 Arraignment - 8:30 a.m.
April 14
Trial - 8:30 a.m. (A&D)
April 28
Arraignment - 8:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
May 5
Trial- 8:30 a.m.
May 10
Arraignment - 8:30 a.m.
May 19
Arraignment - 8:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. (Hispanic)
May 24  Arraignment - 8:30 a.m.
June 7
Arraignment - 8:30 a.m.
June 9
Trial - 8:30 a.m. (A&D)
June 14
Arraignment - 8:30 a.m. 
July 23
Arraignment - 8:30 a.m.
July 12
Arraignment - 8:30 a.m.            
July 14
Trial - 8:30 a.m. (B&C)
July 19  Arraignment - 8:30 a.m. 
July 28  Arraignment - 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (Hispanic)
August 4
Trial - 8:30 a.m. (A&D)
August 9
Arraignment- 8:30 a.m.
August 16
Arraignment - 8:30 a.m.
August 25
Arraignment - 8:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
September 6
Arraignment - 8300 a.m.
September 8
Trial -8:30 a.m. (B&C)
September 13
Arraignment - 8:30 a.m.
September 22  Arraignment - 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (Hispanic) 
October 4
Arraignment -8:30 a.m.
October 11
Arraignment - 8:30 a.m.
October 13
Trial - 8:30 a.m. (B&C)
October 20
Arraignment - 8:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
November 3
Trial - 8:30 a.m. (A&D)
November 8
Arraignment - 8:30 a.m.           
November 17

Arraignment - 8:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. (Hispanic)

December 6
Arraignment - 8:30 a.m.
December 8
Trial - 8:30 a.m. (A&D)
December 15
Arraignment - 8:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. (Hispanic)

Registered Court Interpreter and Court Clerk

Contact us at 770-929-4208, by fax at 770-785-3812 or contact us for more information.

The court interpreter is only available on Spanish-speaking court dates.  Please refer to the court schedule above for availability.

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