About the Traffic Division of the Hall County Solicitor's Office
Traffic arraignment occurs every other week on Wednesdays and Thursdays on the first floor of the Hall County Courthouse. Traffic citations issued in Hall County may be sent to one of several jurisdictions, depending on the citing or arresting agency. The citation will state which jurisdiction the citation has been assigned. In addition to the jurisdiction, the citation will also state the time and date of the court date for which the holder must appear should the citation not be paid prior to the court date. The Hall County Solicitor's Office prosecutes only those violations that are in the jurisdiction of the State Court of Hall County. Citations in Hall County could also be in the jurisdiction of the following Municipal Courts – Gainesville, Flowery Branch, Oakwood, or Braselton. Please make sure to contact the appropriate jurisdiction for your citation.
The State Court of Hall County is located at:
- 225 Green Street SE
Gainesville, GA 30501
State Court of Hall County Clerk of Court:(770) 531-7025
Some, but not all, citations issued in Hall County may be paid online prior to the court date listed on the citation. These citations may be paid online prior to the court date listed on the citation by visiting; EZ Court Pay.
The court date listed on the citation is the arraignment date. Arraignment is a legal proceeding in which the individual to whom the citation was issued either pleads guilty, not guilty, or Nolo Contendere.
Nolo Contendere is a latin phrase meaning "no contest." This is not a guilty plea, but it is a plea in which the case will be closed and the accused will pay a fine. The difference between a plea of guilty and a plea of Nolo Contendere is that following a plea of Nolo Contendere, there will not be any points assessed against the license of the accused. A plea of Nolo Contendere may only be used for moving violations once every five years. Those under the age of 21 may not use a plea of Nolo Contendere pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Georgia Department of Driver Services.
When an individual pleads not guilty to a citation, it is set down for either a bench trial or a jury trial. When an individual pleads not guilty, they select either a bench trial or a jury trial. A bench trial is a hearing in which the judge determines whether the accused is guilty or not guilty. A jury trial is where a jury of six people selected from the population of Hall County determines whether the accused is guilty or not guilty.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if my citation does not appear on EZ Court Pay?
Some citations require a court appearance. Some examples of citations for which a court appearance are citations in which the speed is in excess of 30 miles an hour over the posted speed limit, a fourth or subsequent citation for the same offense in a five year period, suspended license, no license, driving under the influence, or citations resulting from an accident in which an injury or property damage has occurred. This is not an exhaustive list of the situations which may require a court appearance, but a list of possible reasons.
Can I pay the fine for my citation online?
Can I pay my citation before my court date in person?
Yes. You may pay the citation in person at the Hall County Clerk of Court. This office is located on the ground floor of the Hall County Courthouse. Cash, credit cards, debit cards, and money orders are accepted. However, for credit and debit cards, only Visa and Mastercard are accepted. A nominal processing fee will be assessed in addition to the fine for payments paid with credit card or debit cards. Personal checks are not accepted.
Where can I pay my fine online?
Visit the Ez Court Pay page.
How long will it take for my citation to appear online at EZ Court Pay?
What happens if I pay my citation online?
By paying a fine online, you are entering a plea of guilty. For most citations, but not all citations, by pleading guilty points will be assessed against your driver's license. For a chart of how many points will be assessed against your driver's license for various citations, please visit this link to the Department of Driver's Services.
What should I do if I cannot find my citation on EZ Court Pay?
You must report to the first floor of the Hall County Courthouse on the date and time listed on your citation.
How many points can I get on my license?
If you are between the age of 16 and 18, you can only accrue 4 points on your license in a 12 month period before it is suspended for a period of six months. Should a driver in this age range accrue 4 or more points for a single citation, that driver's license will be suspended for a period of six months. If you are between the age of 18 and 21, you can accrue up to 15 points in a 24 months period. However, should you accrue more than 4 points for a single citation, then your license will be suspended for a period of six months. If you are over 21 years of age, you can accrue 15 points over a period of 24 months before your license is suspended for a period of six months.
What if I cannot read the date and time of my court date on my citation?
While having your citation number available, call the Hall County Clerk of Court and ask what is the date and time of your court date. The Hall County Clerk of Court can be reached by phone at 770-531-7066 and is open on Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Can I negotiate the citation that my child or family member has received?
No. The practice of law without a license is not permitted in the State of Georgia. See O.C.G.A. § 15-19-51. Only the individual to whom the citation was issued, or a bar certified attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia, may negotiate a citation.
What is super speeder?
Super speeder is a categorization for speeding citations which attach when the driver is issued a citation at or above 75 miles per hour on a two lane road (e.g. a single lane heading north, and a single lane heading south) or at or above 85 miles per hour on a lane having three or more lanes.
What impact will being super speeder have on me?
Super speeder is an civil fine assessed by the Georgia Department of Driver Services. It is separate and distinct from any fine you would at the courthouse or online with EZ Court Pay. This fine is $200 and is sent by mail to the address on your driver's license.
What happens if I miss my court date?
An additional fine of $72.50 will be added to your citation for your failure to appear for court in addition to the possibility of your license being suspended, or a bench warrant being issued for your arrest.
What is a bench warrant?
A bench warrant is an arrest warrant issued because an individual has failed to appear for a court date. See O.C.G.A. § 17-7-90.