City of Fairhope Municipal Court

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The Fairhope Municipal Court is a criminal misdemeanor court that handles misdemeanor and traffic offenses that occur within the city limits and the Fairhope police jurisdiction. Municipal Court is held on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month beginning at 4 p.m. at the Fairhope Civic Center, 161 North Section Street in Fairhope. 

Municipal Court Judge
The Honorable Haymes Snedeker presides over and hears any cases brought before the Fairhope Municipal Court. The municipal judge is appointed and approved by the Fairhope City Council and Mayor. 

Municipal Court Clerk
Honorable Betty Stevens, CMCCM is responsible for the administration of the Municipal Court and manages the clerical duties of the case files.

Municipal Court Magistrates
Berry McKelvain, Teresa Moyer, CMCCM, and Jennifer Olmstead, CMCCM.

As Magistrates, we are responsible for accepting payments for fines, holding probable cause hearings, issuing warrants, and holding bond hearings with incarcerated Defendants.

Court Appearance not required tickets & Payments
If you have a ticket not requiring a court appearance and would like to take care of it without appearing in court, you may do so by appearing in person at Fairhope City Hall at 161 North Section Street and entering a plea of guilty to the traffic offense. At that time you will pay for the ticket.


You may also remit your plea and payment by mail. The court clerk must receive your plea and payment on or before your scheduled court date.You may mail your plea and payment to Fairhope Municipal Court, P.O. Drawer 429, Fairhope, Alabama 36533.

Fines must be paid by certified check or money order, made payable to the Fairhope Municipal Court. Please do not send a personal check or cash. Fines paid in person may be paid by cash, cashiers check, money order or credit or debit card. Credit cards accepted are Discover, Visa, Mastercard and American Express. Payments can also be made online or by phone. For payments online, please visit and by phone call 1-877-748-6252.


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 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.

If you do not know whether or not your ticket requires a court appearance, you may contact the Fairhope Municipal Court at 251-279-6237 or email email icon