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The Richmond County State Court is held on the third floor of the courthouse. Check your paperwork or the video screen in the courthouse lobby to see which courtroom to go to. Come into your courtroom a few minutes before you are scheduled to appear and be seated. Sometimes the courtroom is busy and it can take some time for the court to call your case. It is important that the court gives every person’s case enough time to be heard. We appreciate your patience while you wait.
[Click here] to see a helpful guide how criminal and traffic cases work.
In a criminal or traffic case:ArraignmentYour first appearance in court is called an arraignment. At arraignment the court will read the charges against you and confirm your contact information. The court will then ask you to enter a plea. You can plead not guilty, no contest, or guilty. You may resolve your case during arraignment if you wish to do so.
The court may also add additional bond conditions during arraignment.
The court strongly encourages you to hire an attorney or apply for a public defender before your arraignment.
At arraignment, you should:
Pretrial hearingsYou might have one or more pretrial hearings in your case. At pretrial hearings, the court makes sure the case is moving toward resolution. Your attorney will let you know how to prepare for pretrial hearings. Unless the court tells you otherwise, you must appear in person for each pretrial hearing. Check your citation, paperwork received from the jail or the letter you received from the Solicitor General to see your court dates.
If you are not represented by an attorney, you should be prepared to file or respond to motions in the appropriate time frame.
If you need special accommodations to attend court (such as an interpreter or assistive devices), ask your attorney or call the court at 706-432-5499 and follow the extension for your judge. If you don’t know your judge, check your paperwork or call the Solicitor General’s Office for additional information
At pretrial hearings, listen for the judge to call your case. Come to the podium when you hear your name. Then the judge will speak with the attorneys. If the judge addresses you, speak clearly and directly to the judge.
If you are not represented by an attorney, the judge will speak directly to you.
At all pretrial hearings you should write down any instructions the court tells you.
Trial or pleaYou have the right to a trial in your case. You can also decide to accept a plea offer from the Solicitor General, if one is offered.
Your attorney will discuss the case with the Solicitor General between your pretrial hearings. If you accept a plea offer, that means you will plead guilty or no contest the court will impose sentence. The court will ask you questions to make sure you understand the process and what you are agreeing to.
If you are represented by an attorney, talk with your attorney to discuss how to prepare for trial. You can also watch a short video: Coming to court on your own.
If you are convicted of a crime, the court can sentence you to time in jail or on probation, and/ or order you to pay a fine. For certain offenses, the court may be able to impose other sentences.
In misdemeanor cases the sentence might include a fine up to $1,000, 12 months of confinement, or both. The judge can also order probation. Aggravated circumstances may result in higher fines.
If you are convicted of a traffic offense, the court can limit or revoke your driving privileges, or order you to pay a fine, or both. You should contact the Department of Driver Services to get more information regarding the status of your license.
Do I need an attorney?
Do I qualify for a public defender?
How do I apply for a public defender?
If you have a warrant for failing to pay money to the court, or probation, call (706) 823-2195 to discuss payment options.
If you have a warrant because you missed a court date, contact the Solicitor General’s Office: (706) 821-1220.
If you have a warrant for a traffic matter, contact the traffic violations bureau: (706) 826-1384.
Contact the Department of Driver services office. Start at their website: Department of Driver Services - Augusta
If you are represented by an attorney, he or she may reach out to the Solicitor’s Office to request resolution of your case.
If you are not represented by an attorney, contact the Solicitor’s Office and ask to have your case placed on the next available calendar.
Jury duty is an important responsibility and right you have as a citizen. You get to participate directly in the court process.
Check the notice you received to know when you have to appear. Come to the court at 735 James Brown Blvd. at the date listed on your notice.
Please show up at least 20 minutes before the scheduled time on the notice to make sure you have enough time to park and get through security. The courthouse can be busy on jury days.
If you are unable to make it to court for jury duty, see this page for more information or contact the clerk at: (706) 821-2460.
You can also call the jury information line at (706) 821-2459 for the court's instructions.
The clerk will send you a check for $25 for each day you had jury duty. The clerk will send the check within one week of the end of your jury duty
The Court should draft language for this section to explain what happens in certain types of civil cases, such as consumer debt, eviction, and family cases.