Fairhope Municipal Court is a criminal misdemeanor court that handles misdemeanor and traffic offenses that occur within the Fairhope police jurisdiction. Municipal Court is typically held on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month, however, there may be exceptions to these dates due to holidays or severe weather. Court proceedings begin at 3:00 p.m. at the Fairhope Civic Center which is located at 161 North Section Street in downtown Fairhope.
Municipal Court Judge
The Honorable Haymes Snedeker presides over any cases brought before the Fairhope Municipal Court. The Municipal Judge was appointed and approved by the Fairhope City Council and the Mayor and has served the City of Fairhope since 2004.Municipal Court Clerk
Honorable Betty Starks, CMCCM is responsible for the administration of the Municipal Court and manages the clerical duties of the case files.
Municipal Court Magistrates
Berry McKelvain, CMCCM; Teresa Moyer, CMCCM; and Jennifer Olmstead, CMCCM. Magistrates are responsible for accepting payments for fines, holding probable cause hearings, issuing warrants, and holding bond hearings with incarcerated defendants.
Payable Traffic Tickets (Court appearance is not required)
If you have a ticket that does not require a court appearance and you wish to resolve it without appearing in court (guilty pleas only), the following options are available:
- Online - click here to be directed to our online record search and payment page. Payments will no longer be accepted over the phone.
- In Person - You may enter your plea of guilt before a Magistrate and pay for your ticket in person at the magistrate's office located inside the Fairhope Justice Center any Mon. - Fri., from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. except for on court days. Acceptable forms of payment in person are cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and cashier’s check or money orders made payable to "Fairhope Municipal Court". Personal checks will not be accepted.
- By Mail - You may mail your plea of guilt and send your payment to Fairhope Municipal Court at P.O. Drawer 429, Fairhope, Alabama 36533. The court clerk must receive your plea and payment on or before your scheduled court date. DO NOT SEND CASH OR PERSONAL CHECKS IN THE MAIL.
Court appearance required tickets
If your ticket requires a court appearance, you must appear in court on the court date listed on your ticket. You will appear before the municipal judge and enter a plea on the charge. If you plead guilty, the judge will determine your fine amount and you will be required to pay the fine and court costs at that time. If you plead not guilty, your case will be tried. All fines and costs are due on the day of court.
All non-traffic offenses require a court appearance.