Video Conferencing Court Option
For certain cases, the Municipal Court of Athens-Clarke County offers Video Conferencing Options. These matters are able to be handled via your computer or mobile device through WebEx. You will need to request a video hearing through our office and you will be emailed a link for the WebEx meeting.
All video conferencing hearings in the Municipal Court of Athens-Clarke require working video and audio connections. Please make sure you have sufficient bandwidth for a video call. Appropriate attire is mandatory for your appearance in Court. Please make sure you are in a quiet environment for your video call and make sure there are no distractions. Do not join your WebEx hearing while in a moving vehicle.
If you have an attorney representing you, your request for a Video Conferencing Court option needs to be made through your attorney.
The following hearings and cases are eligible for the Video Conferencing Court option:
Arraignment – Not Guilty and request for a Bench Trial
If you wish to plead not guilty and request a bench trial in your case, the request may be handled via WebEx. You may request a bench (non-jury) trial that would be held at a later date in Municipal Court. Your bench trial court date notice will be sent to you. If you change your mind and do not want a bench trial, please notify us prior to your court date. If you fail to attend your bench trial, or any other court date that may be scheduled, you are subject to arrest and assessment of fees and court costs.
Arraignment – Request for a Jury Trial
If you are charged with a state misdemeanor violation, you have the right to request a jury trial. If you request a jury trial, your case will be transferred from the Municipal Court of Athens-Clarke County to the State Court of Athens-Clarke County. You will be given a new court date for an arraignment in State Court.
Arraignment - Resolution of case by plea of Guilty or Nolo Contendere
In some cases, you may resolve your case with a plea of guilty or nolo contendere via WebEx. To negotiate a plea agreement in your case, you will need to contact the Assistant Solicitor-General, a misdemeanor prosecutor, assigned to Municipal Court. Michelle Hankins is the prosecutor assigned to Municipal Court. Ms. Hankins is in court Monday through Thursday in the mornings. To reach her, you will need to email her at email@example.com and provide your name, case information, and a phone number for her to reach you.
If there is a plea worked out in your case, and you wish to enter the plea via Video Conferencing Court, your will need to fill out your plea forms in advance and mail or email the forms to Municipal Court prior to your court date. If you mail your plea forms, please do so at least 10 days prior to your scheduled court date. If you are emailing your forms, you must do so at least 72 hours prior to your court date. If the resolution to your case is one in which your driver’s license will be suspended (for example, DUI), you must appear in person for your court date. The plea forms are downloadable below.
Contested motions will be eligible for Video Conferencing Court on a case-by-case basis and only with the consent of all parties.
All Municipal Court bench (non-jury) trials will be held in person.
Video Conferencing Court contact information
If you are interested in participating in the Video Conferencing Court option, please contact the Municipal Court clerk’s office as soon as possible to start the process. The phone number is 706-613-3690. Email communication to firstname.lastname@example.org is preferred. When emailing, please provide your full name, complete mailing address, phone number, and caser number if possible.