Court FAQ

Court Q&A

Q: What types of citations does the City of Tucker take to court?
A: The municipal court of Tucker hears local ordinance and misdemeanor state law violations that occur within the City limits. Examples include:

  •  Code Enforcement citations
  •  Public intoxication
  • Loitering
  •  Disorderly conduct
  • Solicitation
  • Park after dark

Q: What about all other citations?
A: These are the only types of citations handled in Tucker’s Municipal Court. A good rule of thumb is to look at the top of your citation and it will tell you which court you need to attend to adjudicate the case. Other courts include DeKalb County juvenile, magistrate, superior and probate court, among others. For more information go to the DeKalb County Courts page.

Q: Where is Tucker’s court located?
A: The City of Tucker has an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Clarkston to use their court facilities. The court is located at 3921 Church Street in Clarkston.

Q: When do court dates take place?
Tucker holds its Environmental Court hearings on the third Wednesday of each month. Offenses Court happens on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

Q: I missed my Tucker court date. What should I do?
A: Contact the Clerk of Court Bonnie Warne at She can discuss options for a future court date, but it is important to note that you must appear in court in order to have your case adjudicated.

Q: How do I pay the fine resulting from a citation?
A: Payment methods include cash, cashier’s check, money order or debit/credit card. Payment can be made in the following ways:

  • Online:
  • Phone: 1-800-460-4940
  • In Person: 
  • Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    City of Tucker Annex Building
    4228 First Avenue Tucker, GA 30084

Please note that payment can only be made after the judge has ruled on a fine amount in your case. Additionally, there is a convenience fee for all payments made by debit/credit card or by online check. No cash will be accepted at court, but it is accepted at the City of Tucker Annex Building.

Q: How expensive are these fines?
A: The highest municipal court penalty is a $1,000 fine and up to 6 months in jail. The judge has the leeway to set penalties up to this limit or at any smaller amount.

Q: What if I can’t pay?
A: At the hearing, the judge will ask if you can pay today, pay by the due date at the end of the month or if you need a payment plan. Payment plans can be set up through the probation officer.

Q: Do I need an attorney to appear in Tucker’s Municipal Court?
A: The City of Tucker cannot give legal advice to those who are headed to Municipal Court for citations. You do have the right to be represented by counsel if you choose, but there is no requirement that defendants have an attorney.

Q: Who are the judges hearing these cases?
A: The Honorable Steve Nicholas is the Chief Judge. Associate Judges include Stanley Baum, Richard Jaffe, J. Wyman Lamb and Hollie Manheimer.

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