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You should be seated quietly in the courtroom at the time scheduled for court to begin. 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. There is no food or drink allowed in the courtroom.
Court begins when the Judge enters the court room. 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.
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Yes. The citation amount will need to be paid by the court date on your ticket. You may pay in person at the Gallatin City Recorder’s Office at 132 West Main St. Room 112 from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or online.
You may also mail your check or money orders to:
Gallatin City Court
132 W Main Street Room 112
Gallatin, TN 37066
If you are dissatisfied with the Judge's ruling on your case, you may Appeal to have a completely new trial at Circuit Court of Sumner County. There is a fee for the appeal, you may speak with the Court Clerk about how to pay. Once the case is turned over to Circuit Court, City Court is no longer involved. 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 you fail to pay your ticket or appear in court on your court date, your driver's license may be suspended by the Department of Safety. You may be required to pay a greater amount of fines in court, reinstatement fees to the Department of Safety, and any additional costs incurred with your insurance company.