By Gary Lloyd
The Trussville City Council last Tuesday agreed to create a chief court clerk position for Trussville Municipal Court.
The position was created because of the court’s growth.
“Within the past year we have gone from four to six to eight court settings each month so that the dockets are not so long and court sessions do not last to 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.,” said Trussville City Clerk Lynn Porter. “We have been down an employee in the court for several months now, so this will get our staffing back up.”
Because the position was approved, the city will now request a list of eligible candidates from the Jefferson County Personnel Board and begin interviews of those candidates, Porter said.
The position is a pay grade 24, which is in line with police lieutenants and fire captains, Porter said
. Once a candidate is selected, the city council will have to approve the hire.
“This individual will coordinate and oversee all municipal court activities under the overall direction of the judge,” Porter said.
The municipal court has jurisdiction over traffic violations and misdemeanor offenses. Court sessions for non-traffic violations are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. Court sessions for minor traffic violations are held on the Wednesday of each week following the first and third Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. All court sessions are at Trussville City Hall.
Trussville Municipal Judge Carl Chamblee Jr. is granting an amnesty day Friday starting at 8 a.m. for people to clear outstanding warrants on failure to appear, failure to comply and bail jumping for any of the following reasons:
- Not appearing in court on original charge
- Not completing a court-ordered program
- Having outstanding fines, court costs and/or restitution
- Warrants for writing a bad check(s)
Defendants who come to the amnesty day must pay all outstanding fines, court costs and/or restitution on that day. If a court-ordered program was not completed, the court will re-enroll the defendant in the program.
The court and Trussville Police Department encourage those with outstanding warrants to “take advantage of this unique opportunity,” according to a Trussville Municipal Court press release.
For more information, call the court at 205-655-8352 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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