PROBATION PAYMENT POLICY
Monthly probation payments are due on the 1st day of each month. If the 1st day of the month falls on a holiday or weekend then, the payment is due the next business day. Cullman Municipal Court does NOT recognize “pay ahead” payments. Any payment made above the minimum payment amount will be credited to the balance on the account but will NOT count towards the payment for the next month.Any defendant who fails to make their probation payment by the 10th day of the month will be mailed a notice to appear in court to show cause for non-payment. It is the defendant’s responsibility to ensure the court has the correct mailing address.
NOTE: Failure to appear to show cause will result in a warrant for your arrest.
Payments may be submitted online through Govt Portal by visiting www.cullmanal.govtportal.com.
To make a payment over the phone, please call (256) 408-3575.
Payments may be submitted to a magistrate at the Municipal Court office by cash, check, money order, credit card*, or debit card*.
SELF-SERVE KIOSK PAYMENTS
The self-serve kiosk located in front of the Municipal Court office will accept credit card* or debit card* payments.
PAYMENTS BY MAIL
Payments may be mailed to Cullman Municipal Court, P.O. BOX 278, Cullman, AL 35056. Please ensure to include the defendant’s name and case number if possible. Only personal checks, certified checks, and money orders should be sent through the mail. If you would like a receipt, you must include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your payment.
*A 3.5% convenience fee will be added to debit and credit card payments.
Pursuant to Rule 20 of the Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure, magistrates may accept guilty pleas up to 72 hours before the given court date for traffic citations listed on the Magistrates Fine Schedule. Any offense not listed will require a court appearance.
NOTE: Defendants who receive more than one traffic citation, to include offenses listed on the Magistrates Fine Schedule, are required to appear on their given court date. This excludes warnings issued by officers.
Court dockets are typically held twice each month on Wednesday at 3:00p.m. for arraignments and Thursday at 3:00p.m. for attorneys and trials.
Defendants must sign-in for court using the self-serve kiosk located at the front of the Cullman Municipal Court office (204 2nd Avenue NE, Cullman, AL 35055) to go before the Judge on his or her appointed court date. After signing in, defendants are to wait outside the building. A text message will be sent to the defendant’s phone when it’s his or her turn to appear before the Judge. Any defendant that does not have the ability to receive text messages must see a magistrate PRIOR to signing in for court.
All defendants are entitled to a trial. If you would like a trial on your case you must request a trial when called by the prosecutor. The prosecutor will then continue your case to the next available trial docket. Defendants subject to a jail sentence may request a court appointed attorney if they are unable to afford an attorney by filling out an Affidavit of Substantial Hardship form. Defendants who would like to attend driving school or perform community service may request such when called by the prosecutor
Prior to the day of court, the court may approve a defendant’s case to be rescheduled if presented with the following written documentation:
- Doctor’s Excuse
- Letter of Incarceration
- Letter of Admittance to a Rehab Facility
- Military Leave
- Jury Duty
NOTE: Court cases will NOT be rescheduled on the day of court.
Pursuant to the Code of Alabama, 36-12-40, “Every citizen has a right to inspect and take a copy of any public writing of this state, except as otherwise expressly provided by statue.” To request a copy of a public court record, a Request for Records form must be completed and submitted to the court. Please allow two weeks to receive your requested records. Once your request is submitted our office will process the request in the order it was received. Requests should mailed to Cullman Municipal Court, P.O. Box 278, Cullman, AL 35056-0278, or hand-delivered to our office at Cullman City Hall, 204 Second Avenue Northeast, Cullman, Alabama 35055.