Municipal Court

General Information

Gray Municipal Court provides a local forum for the resolution of traffic infractions, parking citations, and city ordinance violations issued within the city limits of Gray. The Municipal Court Judge Lewis Patterson, appointed by the Gray City Council, oversees the operations and proceedings of the Court. The majority of cases heard are traffic violations. This court does not handle civil or small claims cases.

The Municipal Court Clerk's office is located inside the Gray Police Department Building at 151 James Street, Gray, Georgia 31032 and can be reached during office hours at (478) 986-5431.

The Court Room is located at 109 James Street, Gray, Georgia 31032, adjacent to the City Hall building.

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM Closed Saturday and Sunday
Phone (478) 986-5431   and all Federal Holidays
Fax (478) 986-4875    

How to Pay a Fine

Payments may be made payable to the Gray Municipal Court by cash, money order, cashier's check, or online.


When paying by money order or cashier's check, please reference the citation number.

Payments must be received on or before your court date. If you do not pay the fine by this date, the Court will assess additional fees. If you have been charged with a driving offense and fail to appear for your case, your driver's license by be suspended through the Georgia Department of Driver Services or a warrant may be issued for your arrest.

Payments by Mail

Online Payments Now Accepted

Gray Municipal Court
PO Box 443
Gray, Georgia 31032

Court Appeararnces

Court arraignments are held on the court date noted on the citation. You should arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time of court to sign in.

Trials will be set separately. At a trial, you and the police officer will appear in court to present evidence about you citation. Evidence can include the testimony of you and the officer, the testimony of any witnesses, and photographs or diagrams. You may choose to represent yourself, hire your own private counsel, or have counsel appointed to represent you. If you do not speak English, an interpreter will be provided for you. You must advise the Court at least two (2) weeks in advance of any special needs you have for your trial. The court may reset a first trial setting upon request of either party, provided the request is made in writing, no later than seven (7) days prior to time scheduled for the trial. The court clerk shall provide appropriate notice to the adverse party that the trial has been reset.

Non-attorney trials are informal. The judge will hear the evidence and make a decision at the end of the trial.

If you choose to hire an attorney, your attorney must provide a letter of representation to the court no later than seven (7) days prior to the trial date. The trial date may need to be reset.

Failure to Appear


If you do not appear in person or respond in writing to the Court by your court date:

  1. You will be found guilty by default
  2. The total base fine will be imposed, plus additional fees.
  3. The Court will immediately send an order of Driver's License Suspension to the Department of Driver Services.
  4. No further Court review of the case will be allowed.

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