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Friday, 05 March 2010 20:41

Russellville Municipal Court

Court Clerk / Magistrate Rita King

256-332-8700

Fax 256-331-0959

Physical Address

Russellville Municipal Court

Russellville Police and Municipal Court Building

400 N. Jackson Ave.

Russellville, AL 35653

Mailing Address

Russellville Municipal Court

P.O. Box 1000

Russellville, AL 35653

Business Hours:

Monday – Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm excluding holidays

Payment Hours:

Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm excluding holidays and court days

Paying a Citation: See this list for fine amounts and to determine if a citation is payable without appearing in Court:

To pay a citation in the Court office, bring your copy of your ticket and payment in the form of a money order, certified check or cash. The defendant must sign the back of the ticket to plead guilty and pay the fine/costs. To pay a ticket for someone else, the defendant’s ticket, with the signature of the defendant, must be provided to the court.

Citations may also be paid online at www.russellvilletix.com or by calling 1-800-701-8560. You must have your citation number. There is a fee for this service.

Fine Schedule (link)

Internet Payment Site

www.russellvilletix.com

Payment Drop Box: in the foyer of the Police and Municipal Court Building at 400 N. Jackson Ave. Ticket required. Do not put cash in the drop box. Accessible 24 hours / 7 days.

2010 Court Calendar (link)

Attending Court: Different types of court dockets are heard on different court dates. Court normally starts at 5:00 pm. On arraignment nights, each defendant is issued a number upon entry and cases will be handled in number order. On a trial night, the docket is called in alphabetical order.

Court attendees should remain quiet and orderly at all times. Cell phones or any audio devices must be turned off or made silent. Young children should not be brought to court, but if necessary, can be kept in the lobby to avoid interrupting proceedings. Dress should be clean and respectful. Hats, short skirts or shorts and bare mid-riffs are not permitted. Pants must be at the waist and underwear should not be visible. Anyone violating these rules will be asked to leave and will not receive credit for attending.

Anyone attending court under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be asked to leave and/or be arrested.

Defensive Driving School: Driving School is offered on two levels - Level I – 4 hours, Level II – 8 hours.

To attend driving school, the defendant must fill out the driving school application and return it to the court. Upon processing of the application, the defendant will be approved for one of the two levels offered or denied the option of driving school. A defendant can be denied based on driving history, severity of the offense, and the Judge’s discretion. Driving School is only offered for the offenses of Speeding, Running a Stop Sign, Running a Red Light, Improper Turn or Improper Lane Change. The defendant must have a valid driver’s license to attend Driving School.

If Driving School is approved, the defendant must pay the court costs for the citation and the class fee before attending the class. Credit will not be given for attending if the court costs and class fees are not paid before attending. Class fees range from $50 - $100.

Upon completion of the class as ordered, the defendant will receive a Certificate of Completion. The citation is dismissed.

The Judge, Court Clerk or Magistrate have no control of a defendant’s insurance rates if/when driving school is applied.

Obtaining a Warrant:

A citizen wishing to sign a complaint and obtain a warrant must first obtain a police report. The person brings a copy of the police report to a magistrate and is interviewed, under oath, by a magistrate. The complainant (victim) must complete, in writing, a deposition containing the facts of the complaint. A magistrate will determine if probable cause exists for the suspect to be arrested or summoned to court. If a warrant is issued, the party will be arrested and have the right to bond out of jail unless other circumstances do not allow release.

Once a warrant is issued, the case(s) WILL NOT be dismissed. If a dismissal is desired, the complainant (victim) must sign a Request for Dismissal to be reviewed by the Prosecutor and Judge. If the dismissal is granted, the complainant will be charged court costs. If a complainant fails to attend court, he/she may be arrested for Contempt of Court and jailed. If a defendant fails to attend court as ordered, a Failure to Appear warrant will be issued and the defendant will be arrested.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 16:29