By: William C. Head, Gwinnett County DUI Lawyer
The Gwinnett County Court system in GA has over 1,000 criminal courts (more than any other county in America) that arbitrate felony or misdemeanor DUI cases. A few examples are Gwinnett Municipal Court, Magistrate Court of Gwinnett County, and Gwinnett Superior Court to name a few Gwinnett County Courts.
The county where you were pulled over and arrested for impaired driving (Lawrenceville, Norcross, Suwanee, Buford or another municipality) has a court that handles your arraignment and case. Your traffic attorney can file an entry of appearance, so you don’t have to be in court personally, but many of these municipal courts require our clients to attend all proceedings.
All other DUI misdemeanor arrests made in the unincorporated parts of Gwinnett County start in Gwinnett Recorder’s Court, which is a special non-jury court authorized by Georgia law. If you received a traffic citation written by the Gwinnett County Police, or the sheriff’s office, your case will be tried in Recorder’s Court.
When you violate DUI laws in GA, look at the police agency that made the arrest (located on the bottom of most traffic tickets) and the court name in which Gwinnett County DUI charges are pending. The police agency generally aligns with the local court that you will be attending for your arraignment. One exception is the Ga State Patrol (GHP), whose officers can arrest traffic ticket offenders statewide.
Municipal courts are “city courts” that have their own police departments and non-jury courts. Every municipal court in Gwinnett County schedules their own court dates. Reference your traffic ticket for the time and location of your first court appearance (your arraignment.) Below this information is a court phone number if you have any general court or case-specific questions.
Each distinct Municipal court handles their city’s ordinance violations. GA law authorizes non-jury municipal courts to try any person’s speeding ticket, failure to maintain lane ticket, or DUI ticket.
Although there are many Municipal Courts in Gwinnett County, each court has its own Judge and Solicitor (appointed by the Mayor and Council). A Clerk of Court is responsible for all records including property, land, civil, and criminal records and files. The clerk is one of four officers found in each of the 159 counties. Lastly, each court has its own clerk’s staff, which has different divisions/systems including the Information Technology Division.
Each of the Gwinnett County Municipal Courts operates in their respective cities. Be sure to call the appropriate phone number provided by the link below if you have any questions or concerns.
WARNING: Some of these Gwinnett courts have almost no information regarding municipal court dates or court personnel. But, the police department always knows how to get in touch with someone at the municipal court.
The Gwinnett County Recorder’s Court in Lawrenceville processes more cases than all 14 municipal courts in the county. Besides traffic citations from Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department, Gwinnett County Police Department, GA DDS or GA DOT, Gwinnett County Recorder’s Court also handles zoning, code ordinance violations, business licenses, environmental health, and animal control.
Staff prosecutors, a Solicitor, and assistant Solicitors make up the prosecutorial office, which represents one-third of Recorder’s Court (the other two offices are the judicial office and the clerk’s office). Each office is comprised of three Judges and 11 Court Administrators. Because this is a non-jury court, any jury demand in Recorder’s Court of Gwinnett County will transfer the criminal misdemeanor DUI over to State Court of Gwinnett County.
Contact information, along with a direct hyper link to the County of Gwinnett Recorder’s Court, is listed below. On the Recorder’s Court website, you can access a link to pay your citation and receive other citation information.
Gwinnett Recorder’s Court Contact Information:
Gwinnett Recorder’s Court, 115 Stone Mountain Street, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. (770) 619-6100
Gwinnett Recorder’s Court Judges are Judge Michael Greene, Judge Patricia Muise, and Judge Rodney Harris.
Clerk of Recorder’s Court: Jerry C. West
Recorder’s Court of Gwinnett County Hours: 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday
We’ve provided links to Gwinnett County records, the sheriff’s office, and court system websites:
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