Calera Municipal Court

Amnesty Days set for September 9th and 10th 

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest because of a Failure to Appear, please note that Calera Municipal Court will have Amnesty Days on September 9th and 10th from 8:30 a.m. until noon. 

You will qualify for amnesty if you have a pending Failure to Appear warrant for either a) Failure to Appear at an initial hearing on an outstanding traffic citation or misdemeanor or b) Failure to Appear at any subsequent compliance hearing for payment, completion of counseling or other court-ordered requirement.

Defendants who participate in Amnesty Days will be required to pay a $100.00 recall fee, in full, via cash or credit/debit card. If the defendant can pay all fines and court costs, in full, they will receive a clearance letter that allows the Alabama Department of Public Safety to reissue their driver’s license, which is likely suspended.

Please take advantage of this opportunity. If you are unsure if you have a Failure to Appear with Calera Municipal Court, please contact the Calera Municipal Court at (205)668-3841 or (205)668-3801.

Municipal Court has jurisdiction over motor vehicle and traffic violations, criminal misdemeanors and municipal ordinance violations established by the Code of Ordinances and committed within the city limits of Calera, Alabama.

Court Dates:

  • 1st Thursday of Each Month, 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • 3rd Thursday of Each Month, 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

 These dates can change due to unforeseen circumstances.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PAYING FINES

If the Defendant wishes to enter a plea of guilty, certain charges may be paid without appearing in court. To obtain the amount of these fines and other information regarding a citation, contact the Magistrate’s office. Please wait 48 hours after receiving a citation before calling for information.

After the fine amount has been established, you may pay in person, mail, or by phone no later than the court date shown on the citation. Payment tender accepted: cash, money order, cashier’s check, MasterCard, Visa.

NO PERSONAL CHECKS ACCEPTED

Please use this link to pay a fine online: Pay Court Fines
Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card accepted

To pay a fine by mail, the defendant should sign the Plea of Guilty/Waiver of Rights set forth on the citation, and mail it with payment.

DEFENSIVE DRIVING SCHOOL

Defendants with a clean driving record have the opportunity to keep a good record by attending a defensive driving course. To determine if you meet requirements to apply for driving school, contact the Magistrate’s office. Further information regarding the driving school may be obtained by contacting 205-668-3805 or 205-668-3801. The cost for attending Driving School is $125 due before court date.

Some Citations/cases cannot be paid without court appearance. The offenses that can be paid are listed on your ticket. If you have been convicted of more than two violations during the preceding 12 months, State Law requires you to appear in court.

If Defendant wants to plead Not Guilty and take a case to trial, they must appear in person on the court date and time shown on the citation.

INTERPRETER SERVICES

A Spanish interpreter is available at every court session.

IF THE CITATION/CASE IS not PAID BEFORE YOUR COURT DATE OR YOU DO not APPEAR IN COURT, A WARRANT OF ARREST WILL BE ISSUED AND YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE WILL BE SUSPENDED.

Procedures to have a warrant issued:

File a report with the police department.
Obtain a copy of the report.
Take the police report to the magistrate.
Upon arrival at magistrate’s office, you will file a deposition.

Some important points to remember:

If there is probable cause, a warrant or summons will be issued.
The Magistrate has to determine there is sufficient evidence to merit probable cause. A warrant cannot be issued without sufficient evidence.
ONCE A WARRANT IS ISSUED IT CANNOT BE DROPPED OR CANCELLED!