Contest and Continuance

Court Contests

If you wish to contest your citation, you must make such fact known by submitting a written notice, IN PERSON, to the Court with a "Not Guilty" plea, on or before your appearance date listed on your citation. Please include in your notice:

  • The citation number; 
  • Your name;
  • Your mailing address;
  • Your daytime telephone number. 

Once this notice is received, your case will be placed on a pre-trial docket in order to meet with the prosecutor. If you cannot come to an agreement, then you will be set for a trial. You will receive notification of your pre-trial date by mail. If you appear in person, notification of your pre-trial date will be given at that time.

You will need to decide whether you want a trial by a judge, or a trial by a jury, six members of your peers.You will also need to decide whether to retain an attorney to represent you at trial. Only you or a licensed attorney may defend a case in court. The court does not provide a court appointed attorney.

*If you choose to defend yourself, the section on Trials will help you to understand trial procedure. All proceedings will be conducted according to the rules of criminal procedure and the rules of evidence. Please be advised that the Decatur Municipal Court is a Court of Record.


Any request for continuance of a court date must be received NO LESS THAN 3 business days PRIOR to your court date, and must include "just cause," as all requests for continuances must be approved by the Judge.

Additionally, you must be prepared to pay all fines and court costs assessed by the Court on your court date.