May 7, 2013

Dalton court settles into new location

Charles Oliver

— When people think of court, they obviously think of the courthouse, says Dalton Municipal Court Judge Jim Wilbanks. But for the past two years, Municipal Court has met at the trade center.

“We enjoyed being there. They treated us well. But we did have people who showed up late because they went to the courthouse,” he said.

Municipal Court moved into Whitfield County Administration Building No. 2 on King Street, just across from the courthouse, last week. It now meets each Wednesday in the chambers used by the Board of Commissioners for their meetings.

“This was previously a courtroom, so it works out well for us,” Wilbanks said.

The court moved as part of the service delivery agreement the city and the county signed last year.

“Now, if someone does go to the courthouse, they just have to walk across the street. We are right next to the parking deck, so we have ample parking,” Wilbanks said.

Arraignments begin at 8:30 a.m., and trials start at 1:30 p.m. The court handles violations of city ordinances, traffic violations and some misdemeanors.

Dalton city police provide security as they always have.

While court sessions have moved, the administrative offices remain at 535 N. Elm St., inside the Dalton Public Works building. Those offices are open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets and fines can be paid there or online at