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Municipal Court Judge

City of Alpharetta


Listing Summary

Contract Engagement Opportunity

Municipal Court Judge

Position Summary

The Municipal Court Judge is an independent contract position appointed by the Mayor and City
Council and under the administrative direction of the City Administrator. It presides over and
adjudicates a variety of hearings and trials related to criminal and civil cases in accordance with
established legal procedures as prescribed in Georgia State law; imposes appropriate sentences and
penalties as prescribed by law; communicates with other City, County and State criminal justice
agencies.

Overview of Duties, Responsibilities & Requirements
 Directs and controls the proceedings and personnel involved in court hearings and trials including
prosecuting and defense attorneys, defendants, witnesses, court clerks and others; presides over
a variety of Municipal Court hearings and trials in criminal and civil cases in accordance with
Georgia State law.
 Presides over and adjudicates court and bench trails, pretrials, arraignments, post‐conviction
reviews and other hearings.
 Responds to requests for search and arrest warrants by City law enforcement officers. Reviews
affidavits for sufficiency of facts and determination of the existence of probable cause to issue
search and arrest warrants. Determines if the objects of search warrants are appropriate, if the
warrants are being requested in a timely manner, and if the scope of each warrant is appropriate.
 Research legal issues and maintains current knowledge of legislative changes impacting
Municipal Court procedures.
 Hears, tries, and adjudicates a variety of misdemeanor cases related to criminal, traffic, school
zone speed cameras and parking violations including mitigation and contested hearings.
 Hears and weighs testimony and evidence presented to determine appropriate verdict of guilty
or not guilty; imposes just sentences and penalties as prescribed by law; utilizes remedial and
community service programs as appropriate.
 Conducts first appearance hearings and bond hearings at the jail as needed.
 Conducts court sessions during the calendar year.
o The Judge is on call twenty‐four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week and holidays.
o The Judge is responsible for conducting bond hearings at the jail as needed when court is
not in session.
o The Judge is required to attend the City’s scheduled court sessions each calendar year.
Each day has 2 sessions, one at 9:00 a.m. and one at 1:00 p.m., around 108 to 120 days
each year.
 Communicates with a variety of City departments including legal, police, fire, public works and
others regarding court cases, complaints, and other issues.
 Communicates with various community agencies and County offices regarding probation, specific
referrals, driving records, domestic violence cases, common defendants, and treatment
programs available for mental health and alcohol problems.
 Speaks to community groups and presides at ceremonial functions as requested; administers
oaths of office and other duties prescribed by law.
 Performs related duties as required or assigned.

Knowledge of:
 City organization, operations, policies, and procedures.
 Ordinances, statutes, and court decisions relating to Municipal Court jurisdiction.
 Judicial procedure and rules of evidence as well as the organization, duties, powers, limitations,
and authority of the Municipal Court.
 Dispute/conflict resolution/mediation techniques.
 Excellent written and oral speaking skills.
 Correct English grammar, composition, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.
 Principles, methods and techniques of public information, media, and community relations.
 Modern principles, practices, and technology of court management; case assignment systems,
elements of effective case‐flow management and techniques of case‐progress controls.

Ability to:
 Communicate orally with defendants, witnesses, and the public in group settings to give
instructions or information and to respond to questions.
 Visually observe people’s behavior in a courtroom setting; comprehend and make inferences
from written material; produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts using
proper sentence construction, punctuation, and grammar.
 Conduct and control court proceedings, elicit pertinent information and confine witnesses and
litigants to relevant issues, appraise factual situations and make appropriate decisions promptly
and in accordance with the law.
 Perform a broad range of supervisory responsibilities over others.
 Analyze evidence, apply existing laws impartially and render prompt, equitable verdicts.
 Formulate and implement plans and programs, analyze difficult work procedures and job
methods in order to apply processing and technique improvements, and manage scheduled
cases in an effective and efficient manner.
 Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other judges, Court Administrators,
attorneys, departmental officials, commissioners, and court and law enforcement personnel.
 Exercise sound judgment in making decisions and preventing errors that might adversely affect
the court or the court system.
 Effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, to both individuals and groups, regarding
complex or sensitive issues or regulations.
 Use of personal computers, Microsoft applications, and specialized computer systems and
applications designed to improve court efficiency.

Minimum Qualifications:
 Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited college or university.
 Licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Georgia to practice law in Georgia.
 Member in good standing of the State Bar of Georgia.
 At least three (3) years of experience as a licensed attorney in the State of Georgia.
 Preferred experience in a judicial or municipal court.
 Must obtain and maintain annual certification, as required by Georgia law, through the Georgia
Municipal Courts Training Council (GMCTC).

Term of Office, Rate & Appointment Information:
Rate per court session: $475.00
Court sessions (subject to change based on City’s operational need):
 Tuesdays & Wednesdays (Arraignments) at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
 Thursdays (Pleas / Trials / Motions) at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Term of office: The term for the office of municipal judge shall be the same as for the Mayor
and Councilmembers

Additional qualifications, appointment, and general information can be found at:
 City of Alpharetta Municipal Code of Ordinances:
ARTICLE II.‐Municipal Court, DIVISION 2.‐Municipal Judge:
https://library.municode.com/ga/alpharetta/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICOOR_C
H2AD_ARTIIMUCO_DIV2MUJU

 City of Alpharetta Court Services:
https://www.alpharetta.ga.us/government/departments/court‐services

To Apply:

To be considered for this independent contract opportunity, please submit letter of interest,
resume and qualifications electronically to:

     City Administrator Chris Lagerbloom ‐ clagerbloom@alpharetta.ga.us

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed and considered weekly beginning September 07,
2022. The City reserves the right to fill the position at anytime thereafter or to leave the
position open until filled.

Listing ends on:

9/30/2022