Your first court appearance date will be an arraignment. On this date, you will be given an opportunity to enter a plea of either “guilty” or “not guilty”. You will not have an opportunity to explain any defenses, extenuating circumstances, or other mitigating factors before entering a plea to the Judge.

If you have any questions about whether your case is court required or non-court required, speak with the court staff.

If you entered a plea of not guilty, you will be set for a trial court date. During your trial date, you will speak with the prosecutor. The prosecutor, at his sole discretion, may offer a plea agreement or recommend the defendant for a pre-trial diversion program. Any such agreement will be to be approved by the judge in order to become effective.

If the prosecutor does not offer an alternative agreement, or if the defendant does not accept an agreement offered by the prosecutor, the trial will proceed as scheduled.

Court Schedule

Jemison Municipal Court meets every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month (except where noted). Court starts at 10:00 a.m.


January 10th                Trial & Review
January 24th              Arraignment

February 28th            Arraignment

March 14th                   Trial & Review
March 28th                 Arraignment

April 11th                      Trial & Review
April 25th                   Arraignment

May 9th                        Trial & Review
May 23rd                     Arraignment

June 13th                      Trial & Review
June 27th                    Arraignment

July 11th                        Trial & Review
July 25th                     Arraignment

August 8th                   Trial & Review
August 22nd                Arraignment

September 12th            Trial & Review

October 10th                 Trial & Review
October 24th               Arraignment

November 14th             Trial & Review

December 12th             Trial & Review

About your court date

At some point, every defendant in our court is issued a court appearance date.  If you receive a traffic citation, the court appearance date will be at the bottom of the citation, in the space marked “Court Appearance Date”.  If you were arrested, you were given a court appearance date at the time you bonded out of jail.  Please note that the Court is obligated to follow the date on our copy of the records.  If you have any questions about your court date, please contact the Court as soon as possible, but no later than the day before your scheduled court date.

Judge Cleckler does not allow continuances the day of court. You would need to contact the court no later than the Friday, before your scheduled court date, to request a continuance on your case.

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