City of Conyers Municipal Court Services

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Attention! Please read the following message about Conyers Municipal Court and COVID-19:

Public safety services remains the city’s top priority and residents can expect to continue receiving the highest level of services from Conyers Police. Municipal court is suspended through June 12, 2020, as well as community service workers (through June 12, 2020).

Individuals serving probation can make payments online at or via the drop box located in the Conyers Police Department lobby at 1194 Scott Street. Those serving probation may also call in, rather than reporting to their probation officers through June 12, unless an earlier date is prescribed. Check back for further updates.  


Have you ever wondered what happens after a traffic citation or city ordinance violation citation is issued? To help you better understand the process, we have outlined the procedures which follow below.

  • A traffic citation or city ordinance violation citation is issued.
  • If a court appearance is not required, the citation is available for payment online or at the Department of Court Services during regular business hours, which are 8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Monday - Friday.  When court is in session, the Department of Court Services is closed.  Please see the court calendar below. 
  • If a court appearance is required, the defendant will need to appear in court on the court date indicated on their citation. The Judge will set the fine.
  • At the scheduled court date, also known as the arraignment, the defendant will be required to enter a plea to the charge. The three pleas available are:
    • Guilty
    • Not guilty
    • Nolo contendere 
  • If a guilty plea is entered, the defendant will be questioned by the Judge to ensure an understanding that entering a guilty plea waives any right to:
    • A trial by judge or jury
    • A presumption of innocence
    • Confront witnesses
    • Testify and offer evidence
    • A right to counsel
    • The right against self-incrimination
  • The Judge will also ensure that such waiver is made voluntarily and knowingly of the rights being waived.
  • If the Judge accepts the guilty plea, the defendant will be sentenced and the case will be disposed of. 
  • There are certain offenses where a plea of nolo contendere will be accepted by the Judge. A plea of nolo contendere neither admits nor denies guilt. Such a plea, where allowed, may avoid points being added to a defendant's driver's license and/or a driver's license suspension.
  • If a not guilty plea is offered, the defendant will be asked to choose either a bench trial or a jury trial.
    • If a bench trial is requested, the trial will be held in the Municipal Court on another day, and the case will be heard by the Municipal Court Judge.
    • If a jury trial is requested, the case will be transferred to State Court, and the trial will be scheduled for a later date.
  • The disposition of the case will be transmitted to the Department of Driver Services, updating the driver record.  
  • If a defendant fails to appear on the scheduled court date, an arrest warrant for failure to appear will be issued, and the Department of Driver Services will be notified, resulting in possible driver's license suspension. 
  •  The citation, case disposition, and all associated paperwork are maintained based on the Georgia Records Retention Act.


For your convenience, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding court appearances and other related issues.

What is the appropriate attire for the courtroom?

  • No shorts, scarves, hats, or tank tops allowed
  • No clothing with profane or vulgar language

What other courtroom policies do I need to be aware of?

  • No cell phones or electronic devices are allowed in the courtroom 
  • No food or drink is allowed in the courtroom

What charges require court appearances?

Click here for a complete list of charges that require a court appearance.

What happens when you appear in court?

  • The court calendar will be called, and defendants will be required to enter a plea.
  • A plea of guilty, not guilty, or nolo contendere will be entered for each defendant.
  • Defendants have the option to request a pre-trial conference with the City Solicitor to discuss the charges against them.
  • Pleas of not guilty will be scheduled for a later court date, either in the Municipal Court for a bench trial, or at State Court for a jury trial.
  • The judge will hear the cases for those who entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, and will impose sentence accordingly.
  • Defendants sentenced to probation must meet with the Municipal Probation office before being excused from court.
  • Defendants sentenced to only pay a fine will make their fine payment at court, their case will be closed, and they will be excused from court.

What happens if you fail to appear in court?

If you fail to appear for your scheduled court date, a warrant will be issued for your arrest. For certain violations, the Department of Driver Services will be notified of your failure to appear and your driver's license will be suspended.

What if you are arrested and in jail?

  • The City of Conyers has set a bond schedule [PDF], allowing release from the Rockdale County jail until the scheduled court date, upon payment of the bond amount, either through a cash bond, a property bond, or the services of a bonding company.
  • Cash bonds may be paid at the Department of Court Services during regular business hours. Cash bonds may be paid at the Police Department at all other times.
  • Release secured through a property bond or the services of a bonding company can be arranged directly with the Rockdale County jail.
  • Any person arrested on a citation will see a judicial officer at the jail within 48 hours of incarceration. Any person arrested on a warrant will see a judicial officer within 72 hours of incarceration. At that time, the defendant will be advised of the charges pending, and the bond amount will be reviewed, and can be altered at the discretion of the Judge.
  • Any person released from the Rockdale County jail on a bond must appear on their scheduled court date, otherwise, a warrant will be issued for their arrest.

Why is your fine more than what the Judge told you?

  • The laws of the State of Georgia require Municipal Courts to collect surcharges and fees in addition to the fine imposed by the Judge. These surcharges and fees are based on the violation and the amount of the fine, and apply to each citation issued. The City of Conyers collects these surcharges and fees, and submits them to the appropriate state agency on a monthly basis.

What happens if you can't come to court on your scheduled court date?

The Municipal Court Clerk can grant a continuance of a scheduled court date upon good cause shown. If you will be out of town, have a medical situation, or a family emergency, please contact our office at (770) 929-4208 before your scheduled court date to discuss a continuance of your case.

Learn more about the Tax Refund Intercept Program (TRIP) program following the passage of HB 1000 by the 2014 Georgia General Assembly. The Conyers Municipal Court utilizes the TRIP program.

TRIP Program

Court Judges

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Chief Judge Michael B. Nation

Michael B. Nation is an attorney with offices located in Olde Town Conyers. Nation was raised in Conyers and graduated from Heritage High School in 1993. Judge Nation is a founding member of the general practice law firm Nation, Moore and Associates, LLC. Before opening his private practice law firm in 2005, he was employed with the Northern Judicial Circuit's Public Defender's Office in Royston, Georgia. Prior to actively practicing law, Judge Nation served as law clerk to Judge John Lee Parrott of the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit. He is an active member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Rockdale County Bar Association, of which he is a past president. Judge Nation also currently serves as the chairman of the Merit Review Board for the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office. Nation holds Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Science in Management degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Judge Nation was appointed as Chief Municipal Court Judge for the City of Conyers in August 2018.

Associate Judge Garland C. "Gary" Moore

Garland C. "Gary" Moore is an attorney with offices located in Olde Town Conyers.  He has lived in Conyers since 1989.  Upon graduating from high school, Judge Moore served twelve years in the U.S. Army, and upon discharge in 1984, he earned his A.B. Degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia in 1985, and his Juris Doctor Degree from Georgia State University College of Law in 1989.  In 1989, he was promoted to Vice President of Ross, Russell, Ellis and Bailey--a government relations consulting firm focusing on private enterprise initiatives ranging from site selection, plant openings and closings, literacy and lobbying on a nationwide basis on the local, state and federal levels.  Since April 1991, Judge Moore has maintained a private practice in Conyers with an emphasis on criminal defense and family law where he has represented clients in over 70 Georgia counties, as well as in Alabama, Arizona, California and North Carolina.  Judge Moore is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Rockdale County Bar Association.  Having previously served as an Associate Judge for the Municipal Court for the city of Conyers from January-December 2000, Judge Moore was reappointed to the same post on June 1, 2011.  Judge Moore has also previously served as an Associate Judge for the Rockdale County Magistrate Court from January 1998-December 2000 and from September 2003-March 2008.  Judge Moore also served as a District Governor for Rotary International District 6910 from 2008-2009.

Court Schedule

Please be on time for your scheduled court appearance.

City of Conyers Municipal Court
Court Dates for 2020

2020 Court Schedule

January 6
D Trial - 2:00 p.m.
January 8 Arraignment - 8:00 a.m.
January 10
B Trial - 8:00 a.m.
January 22 Arraignment - 8:00 a.m.
January 29
Arraignment - 8:00 a.m.
February 5 Arraignment- 8:00 a.m.
February 7
Arraignment - 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
February 10 C Trial - 2:00 p.m.
February 12 Arraignment - 8:00 a.m.
February 26
Arraignment - 8:00 a.m.
February 28
A Trial - 8:00 a.m.
March 2 D Trial  - 2:00 p.m.
March 6 Arraignment - 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
March 11 Arraignment - 8:00 a.m. 
March 18
March 20
March 25 Canceled
April 3
April 6
April 15
April 22
April 24
April 29
May 6 Canceled
May 11 Canceled
May 15
May 27
May 29
June 3
June 5
June 15
Trial - 2:00 p.m.
June 19 Arraignment - 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 
June 24
Arraignment -8:00 a.m.
July 8  Arraignment - 8:00 a.m. 
July 10
B Trial - 8:00 a.m. 
July 15
Arraignment  - 8:00 a.m.  
July 20             D Trial - 2:00 p.m. 
July 24
Arraignment - 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 
July 29
Arraignment - 8:00 a.m. 
August 5

Arraignment - 8:00 a.m.

August 10
C Trial - 2:00 p.m.
August 14
Arraignment - 8:00 a.m.  and 1:30 p.m.            
August 19
Arraignment - 8:00 a.m.
August 26 

Arraignment - 8:00 a.m.

August 28  A Trial - 8:00 a.m. 
September 9  Arraignment - 8:00 a.m. 
September 14  D Trial - 2:00 p.m. 
September 18  B Trial - 8:00 a.m.  
September 23  Arraignment - 8:00 a.m. 
September 25  Arraignment - 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 
September 30 Arraignment - 8:00 a.m. 
October 5  C Trial - 2:00 p.m. 
October 9  Arraignment - 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
October 14  Arraignment - 8:00 a.m. 
October 21  Arraignment - 8:00 a.m. 
October 23  A Trial - 8:00 a.m. 
October 28  Arraignment - 8:00 a.m. 
November 4  Arraignment - 8:00 a.m. 
November 6  Arraignment - 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 
November 9  D Trial - 2:00 p.m. 
November 13  B Trial - 8:00 a.m. 
November 18 Arraignment - 8:00 a.m. 
December 2  Arraignment - 8:00 a.m. 
December 4  A Trial  - 8:00 a.m. 
December 9 Arraignment - 8:00 a.m. 
December 11  Arraignment - 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 
December 14  C Trial - 2:00 p.m. 
December 16  Arraignment - 8:00 a.m. 

Registered Court Interpreter and Court Clerk

Contact us at 770-929-4208, by fax at 770-785-3812 or contact us for more information.

The court interpreter is only available on Spanish-speaking court dates.  Please refer to the court schedule above for availability.

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