Municipal Court

Welcome to the Vestavia Hills Municipal Court website. Our court has jurisdiction over traffic/parking tickets, misdemeanor cases and municipal ordinance violations which include court dates, appearances, and driving school. We are here to serve the people of Vestavia Hills so if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM. Court is held on Tuesdays at 4 PM. Court cases cannot be rescheduled the day of court. Messages will not serve as an excuse for court.

Contact Us

Vestavia Hills Municipal Court
PO Box 660854
Vestavia Hills, AL 35266-0854
Fax: 978-0209

(Physical location: 1032 Montgomery Highway, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216)

*Please note, our phones are always busy and we are also helping people at the window. Calls will be answered as received. For better service, please leave a message immediately after the tone. These calls will be returned as soon as possible, however, no one can return your call if no message is left or if no phone number is provided.

Court Director
Umang Patel
205-978-0121
upatel@vhal.org

Magistrate (Lead Worker)
Shellie McKown
205-978-0121
smckown@vhal.org

Magistrate
Julie Tucker
205-978-0121
jtucker@vhal.org

Magistrate
Tamara Davis
205-978-0121
tdavis@vhal.org

Court Calendar

This is the current court calendar. Court starts at 4 o’clock PM. Trial night is the third court night (Tuesday) of the month. The trials will be heard upon completion of the regular docket.

Court for Tuesday, January 16, 2018, has been cancelled due to the threat of weather safety issues. A notice will be sent to defendants, with a new court date.
2018 Court Calendar

January

1/09/18
1/16/18
1/23/18 Trial
1/30/18

February

2/06/18
2/13/18
2/20/18 Trial
2/27/18

March

3/06/18
3/13/18
3/20/18 Trial
3/27/18

April

4/03/18
4/10/18
4/17/18 Trial
4/24/18

May

5/08/18
5/15/18
5/22/18 Trial
5/29/18

June

6/05/18
6/12/18
6/19/18 Trial
6/26/18

July

7/10/18
7/17/18
7/24/18 Trial
7/31/18

August

8/14/18
8/21/18 Trial
8/28/18

September

9/04/18
9/18/18 Trial
9/25/18

October

10/09/18
10/16/18 Trial
10/23/18

November

11/06/18
11/13/18 Trial
11/20/18

December

12/04/18
12/11/18 Trial
12/18/18

Paying Fines

By Mail

Payments may be made by mail using a money order or a cashier’s check made payable to the City of Vestavia Hills. Please make sure to include your full name, ticket number, and address on your form of payment. Payment should be sent to the address given below. Do not mail personal checks or cash.

Vestavia Hills Municipal Court
PO Box 660854
Vestavia Hills, AL 35266-0854

In Person

Payments may be made in person by the defendant or, if another individual comes in to pay the fine on behalf of the defendant, the individual must have an executed Guilty Waiver which has been signed by the defendant. This waiver is located on the back of the defendant’s copy of the citation or a copy of this waiver may be obtained by clicking here “Guilty Waiver”. Please print this waiver prior to coming in for payment. Alabama law requires that any defendant pleading guilty before a magistrate must sign this waiver.

Payments may be made at the Municipal Court office located in the Vestavia Hills City Hall at 1032 Montgomery Highway. Please enter through the double front doors of the Police Department Building located behind Red Lobster Restaurant. Cash, cashier’s checks, and money orders are accepted. We also accept Master Card, Visa and Discover (which includes a 3% processing fee) . Personal checks and company checks will not be accepted. A drop-box is available for payments made in person after hours. It is located in the lobby of the Police Department. When using the drop box, please enclose your payment in a sealed envelope with your full name, ticket number, or case number written on the envelope.

By Phone or Internet

Payments maybe made online at https://vestaviacourt.govtportal.com or by using this toll free number: 1-866-840-3433. Both options will accept Visa, Master Card, or Discover (which includes a 3% processing fee) . You will need to enter your complete ticket number on both options. You will receive a verification number when the transaction is successfully completed.To prevent any duplicate charges be careful to not hit the back button during your transaction. IMPORTANT: PLEASE ALLOW THREE BUSINESS DAYS FOR YOUR PAYMENT TO BE PROCESSED. IF YOU HAVE MADE A PAYMENT AND THE TICKET APPEARS UNPAID, PLEASE CONTACT A MAGISTRATE 205-978-0121 TO AVOID MAKING A DUPLICATE PAYMENT.

PAYMENT IN FULL MUST BE RECEIVED BY COURT DATE, OR YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE COULD BE SUSPENDED AND A WARRANT COULD BE ISSUED FOR YOUR ARREST.

Traffic Offenses & Fines

Traffic Offenses That Will Lead to a Mandatory Court Appearance

You must appear in court after the following citations are issued:

  • Driving while your drivers license is suspended, revoked or cancelled.
  • Possession of Drugs and or drug paraphernalia.
  • Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Open Container
  • Reckless driving

Expired Tag

Effective June 1, 2018

  • If the defendant purchases a tag within 3 days, the ticket is dismissed at costs $165.
  • If the tag is purchased after three days the ticket is $190 (fine of $25 and court costs of $165).
  • If the tag is never purchased or the defendant decides to purchase online, the ticket is $265(fine of $100 and court costs of $165).

Insurance Citations

Effective June 1, 2018

  • If the defendant is able to prove valid insurance showing they were covered the day of the ticket then the ticket is dismissed at no charge.
  • If the defendant provides proof of insurance that was purchased before the court date, they are charged $265 ($100 fine and $165 court costs).
  • If the defendant is unable to provide any proof of valid insurance they are charged $315 ($150 fine and $165 court costs).

Traffic School Information

Driving School

If this is the first ticket you have received in the past two years, anywhere, you are eligible to opt to the court offices before your court date to register for the four-hour defensive driving class. In order to choose this option, you must appear IN PERSON to the Magistrate’s Office prior to your court date and you must not have already pleaded guilty (paid the fine). You will be given complete instructions and a date for your class at that time upon payment of fee for the class.

If you have been issued a traffic citation within the last five years, the Courts will go on a case-by-case basis to determine your eligibility for the eight-hour traffic school class.

Cost

  • 4-hour Class is $150.00
  • 8-hour Class is $300.00

These classes are non-refundable. Please, DO NOT pay your ticket if you wish to attend the driving school. Once a fine is paid, your case is adjudicated and closed. Opting to plead guilty and pay your fine makes you ineligible to attend traffic school for this citation.

***Driving School scheduled for Wednesday, January 17, 2018, has been canceled. We will contact those who were scheduled to come in at a later date***