Operating Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Except holidays or posted necessity

(Office remains open during lunch hours)


Trial Court Records

Contact Us

Phone:(256) 574-9320
Fax:(256) 259-9981

102 East Laurel Street
Scottsboro, AL 35768

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Jackson County

Traffic Tickets

Office located on the 2nd Floor
 Jackson County Courthouse

District Criminal / Traffic Division
Telephone: 256-574-9325

Notice of Defensive Driving School Option

If you have been charged with a minor moving traffic offense, you may be eligible to complete a defensive driving course, and have your case dismissed upon payment of court cost. Doing so will prevent the accrual of points assessed against your Alabama Driver's license as a result of this offense.

To determine your eligibility and enroll in the defensive driving course, you must contact the District Court Judge's office at least 5 days prior to the court date listed on your citation at
(256) 574-9355

Instructions for Paying Traffic Citations


Most citations issued to a minor under age 18 CANNOT BE PAID in advance. The District Court Judge requires that the minor appear, with a parent, prior to the scheduled court date. To schedule an appointment, call the District Court Judge's office at 256-574-9355, as soon as possible after receiving the citation (must be prior to court date).

Your ticket will have the date on which you will need to appear in court. ALL traffic tickets are scheduled for court on Fridays at 8:30 am.

You MUST either come to court on the date shown on your ticket or pay the ticket BEFORE your court date. If you fail to appear in court on the date shown on your traffic ticket or to pay the ticket BEFORE your court date, the following things will happen WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE TO YOU:

  1. A warrant may be issued for your arrest.
  2. Your driver's license will be suspended and it cannot be reinstated until the ticket is cleared and a reinstatement fee is paid.
  3. A new charge of failure to appear may be made against you.
  4. The fine is subject to being increased.
  5. Any bond you have posted may be forfeited.

If you have been charged with one of the offenses listed at the Alabama Traffic Service Center (See link below) and would like to pay the fine and cost without having to appear in court you can mail full payment to the address below. NO PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED. To avoid being charged with failure to appear in Court, your payment must reach the clerk no later than the morning of your court date. Mail a MONEY ORDER or CASHIER'S CHECK payable to Bart Buchanan, Circuit Clerk to the address below:

Bart Buchanan, Circuit Clerk
Traffic Court Division, Courthouse Suite 307
102 E. Laurel St.
Scottsboro, Alabama 35768

Alabama Traffic Service Center

To pay your traffic tickets and/or criminal fines online
with a credit card.

Click on the link below:

(Please note: A convenience fee of 4% will charged)
You may also use your credit card by calling 1-877-252-7294

If you have been charged with any offense OTHER than those shown on the Alabama Traffic Service Center, you MUST appear at the Jackson County Courthouse on the date shown on your citation, 8:30 a.m.

If you have any further questions, you may call our office at: 256-574-9325. Our office is located on the 2nd floor of the Jackson County Courthouse.