You should be seated quietly in the courtroom at the time scheduled for court to begin.
Court begins promptly at 7:30 A.M. on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
Suitable "general public" attire is required. Gentlemen are asked to remove hats. Everyone is asked to turn off or turn to vibrate their cell phones/pagers. Individuals are reminded that there is no food or drink allowed in the courtroom.
Hearings begin when the Judge calls the defendant forward when he is ready to hear the case. The Judge will "swear" all parties involved to tell the truth to begin the court trial. The Judge will give you an opportunity to explain any circumstances of your case, no matter what you plea. The judge may also ask questions to better understand your case.
If you would like to be added to the docket, you may either let one of the clerks in the office know so they may retrieve your citation. Or you may tell the clerk in the courtroom, after the docket has been called, so they may retrieve your citation for the judge.
I received a citation for NO INSURANCE (financial responsibility) will it be dismissed?
If you had insurance when the citation was issued, the violation will be "dismissed at no cost". The insurance must show that it was in effect on the date the ticket was issued. The insurance need not be for the vehicle listed on the citation as long as the defendant's name is listed.
If the defendant did not have insurance at the time you were stopped, you must pay the citation.
I've recently been contacted by a collection agency. What do I do next?
Once issues have been turned over to collections, you must call ACSI Collections at 866-376-7829. Optionally, you may contact them through their website here.
Must I pay all court fines/fees when I come to court, or does the court offer some sort of PAYMENT PLAN?
City Court will accept the following forms of payment: Cash, money orders, cashier's checks, debit/credit cards or Personal checks (must have address imprinted on check and a current telephone number).
When you arrive at court, you should be prepared to pay the total amount due. We will normally give you up to a month from your court date to pay the amount due. You will be required to complete a time to pay form on the court date if you are unable to pay.
If you should call to pay your citation over the phone, you will incur a $3 or 3 1/2% convenience fee, whichever is the greater amount.
Paying an $11 parking ticket will have an additional $3 for a total of $14.
Paying a $116 speeding ticket will have an additional $4.06 for a total of $120.06
For the latest fine and payment information, please click here.
If I DISAGREE WITH THE JUDGE'S RULING on my case, what can I do?
If you are dissatisfied with the Judge's ruling on your case, you may Appeal to have a completely new trial at Circuit Court in the Williamson County Judicial Center.
Once the case is turned over to Circuit Court, City Court is no longer involved. However, if the City Court Judge's decision is upheld by Circuit Court, you will be required to pay the original fines/fees to City Court just as you were instructed prior to your appeal.
If my license has been suspended/revoked, where can I go to get it reinstated?
The Department of Safety and Homeland Security provides a variety of convenient ways to reinstate your driving privileges: online, by mail, or in person at driver service centers across the state. For more information, please visit their website here.
If I get a citation for a Municipal code violation, where can I see the Municipal code for the City of Franklin?
I received a letter about a parking ticket issued to my car, but I was not driving my car that day. I had loaned my car to a friend or relative. Am I responsible for the parking ticket?
Yes. legally the registered owner of a vehicle is responsible for any parking tickets issued to his or her vehicle. When a parking citation goes unpaid, the court will send a letter about the unpaid parking citation to the vehicle owner. If the vehicle owner was the driver when the ticket was issued, the letter will serve as more of a reminder. However, when the vehicle has been "loaned out", the registered owner is still considered responsible for any parking citations, so the matter becomes more of a personal issue between the vehicle owner and whomever was using the vehicle at the time.
Why does the City require you to pull into a parking space in the city garages instead of backing into the space (head in parking)?
The structual integrity of these buildings depends on cables that ring the outside and inside walls. The decision was made to prohibit backing into spots so that the city could not be criticized for encouraging behavior that would compromise the structures.
What are my options for RESCHEDULING my court date?
"CALL" No later than your court date.
You must make your request to the court no later than the date of your initial court date. We will reset the court no more than 2 times before a continuation fee of $5 is added to your citation.
How do I get a marriage license, or renew my license plates (tags)?
Those items are handled by Williamson County government. Please visit their site for more information here, or call 615-790-5712.