Municipal Courts: A Guide for Municipal Elected Officials

Municipal Courts: A Guide for Municipal Elected Officials

December 21, 2017

1st Ed. (2017-12-01); Appx. 2nd Ed. (2020-07-14)

To help educate elected municipal officials on necessary components of municipal court operations, the Georgia Municipal Association published the first edition of Municipal Courts: A Guide for Municipal Elected Officials on December 1, 2017. By reviewing this publication, municipal elected officials and municipal employees will gain a greater understanding of municipal courts, their operations, and the laws which govern them. The Appendix, updated July 14, 2020, contains several documents developed by GMA: a city self-assessment of municipal court best practices; a sample Annual Report & Affirmation for Municipal Court Judges and Clerks; model municipal court judge ordinances; sample Service Agreements for municipal court judges (one as employee, one as independent contractor); a model municipal court prosecutor ordinance; a model resolution appointing a municipal court prosecutor; and a sample contract with a probation service provider. As with any model documents, GMA recommends that city officials consult with the city attorney before using any model self-assessments or adopting any contracts, ordinances, resolutions, or other model documents.


This publication is for general informational purposes only. While some of the information contained in this publication is about legal issues, it is not and should not be treated as legal advice. You should consult with your legal counsel before taking action based on the information contained in this publication. Material posted in this publication may be subject to copyrights owned by GMA or others, and any reproduction, retransmission or republication of such material, except for personal use or with the prior written consent of GMA or other copyright owner, is prohibited. The names, trademarks, service marks, logos and other emblems of GMA in this publication may not be used without GMA's prior written express permission.

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