Court Rules

What to Expect at Court

At your first appearance in Court, which is called an arraignment, the Judge will explain to you in detail all the rights guaranteed to you by the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution for the State of Georgia. These rights include the right to a trial by jury, the right to be represented by an attorney and the right to have an attorney appointed to represent you at the expense of the city if you are determined to be indigent. After explaining all of your rights to you the Judge will also explain to you all of the options that you have available to you and the possible consequences if you enter a plea of guilty or nolo contendere.

Please read the form below prior to your court date. You may be required to certify that you have read and understand the form when entering a plea on your case. 

Download a Plea Form (PDF) in English or in Spanish (PDF).

Basic Rules of Court Conduct

Please review  Basic Rules - English (PDF) or Basic Rules - Spanish (PDF) regarding the following court procedures:

  • Respect
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Dressing for Court
  • When Appearing in Court
  • Children in the Courtroom
  • Cell Phones & Pagers
  • Security Precautions
  • Prohibited Items