Municipal Court
106 Public Square
Clarksville, TN 37040
(931) 648-4604

Municipal Court Clerk's Office
One Public Square Suite 122
Clarksville, TN 37040 (map)
Ernie Griffith

Office Hours: 7:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.  Mon - Fri.
Telephone: (931) 648-4604 Fax: (931) 221-0742

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Clarksville Municipal Court, also known as Municipal court has jurisdiction in cases involving violations of city ordinances; such as traffic violations, building and codes violations, and other city ordinance offenses.

The Municipal Court Clerk's Office operates under the direction of the City Court Clerk, Ernie Griffith and supports the City Judge, Charles W. Smith. The Clerk's Office is the keeper of the records for the courts and accepts payments for all violations.


Our mission is to efficiently, accurately and professionally handle and process city ordinance violations; to create and sustain customer oriented quality service that provides maximum access to the court and promotes public confidence in the court system.


Our vision is to provide those appearing and practicing before the court with a fair, efficient and expeditious means of proceeding with their court business through competent, professional employees and the use of technology as well as other innovative measures.


The Clarksville Municipal Court begins each morning session at 8:00 AM, Tuesday through Friday. The length of each Court Session is determined by the number of cases scheduled on the docket. There are no sessions scheduled on Mondays for the Clarksville City Court.

All inquires concerning a court matter should be directed to the Municipal Court Clerk’s Office and not to the Judge’s Office. The Judge will not speak to you personally about your case before your court date


The Municipal Court is located at 106 Public Square, not at the new court complex. The Municipal Court Clerk’s Office is located at One Public Square Suite 122 Clarksville, TN 37040.

The main entrance to the Court Building is on Public Square. There is a handicap accessible entrance to the rear of the Court Building. The following items are not permitted in the Court Building: Knives (pocket, razors) Sprays (mace, pepper spray), Glass objects (bottles), Electronics (cameras, tape recorder), Backpacks, Fanny packs and/or Weapons of any kind.


Most violations can be paid on or before the assigned court date. The cost of a ticket is $140.75 for each violation that is listed on the ticket if paid on or before the assigned court date. Payment of the ticket is the same as a guilty plea and conviction notification is sent to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security. If the citation is paid late other fees will be added and you must contact our office in order to determine the price of the ticket.

The cost of Safety Belt violations are $30.00 for the first violation and $55.00 for all subsequent violations if paid on or before the assigned court date.

The cost of a Texting While Driving charge is $140.00 and you must successfully complete the traffic school offered by the Clarksville Police Department. The $140.00 cost includes the price of the traffic school. Completion of this class is mandatory in order to comply with the state law. Texting while driving is now considered a moving violation and it will put points on your driver’s license.

You may qualify to attend the Traffic Safety Course offered by the Clarksville Police Department for other violations. The total cost of the course is $150.00, which includes court costs. The traffic school that is offered by the Clarksville Police Department is the only traffic school that is approved by the Clarksville Municipal Court.


We do not accept personal checks for payment. We accept cash, money orders or cashier’s checks made payable to “City Court Clerk”. We also accept credit cards in person, but NOT over the phone. We also accept payments on line at There are additional fees charged when paying with a credit/debit card or paying on line.

If you do not appear in court on the designated court date or pay this ticket before that date, you will be charged additional late penalties and fees for failure to appear and/or contempt of court.

For amounts due and information concerning the costs of the ticket or whether you are eligible for traffic school call the city court clerks office at 931-648-4604.

In accordance with the American with Disabilities Act, if necessary, the Clarksville City Court will provide reasonable modifications in order to access all of its programs, services and activities to qualified individuals with disabilities. If you need assistance, have questions or need additional information, please contact:

City Court Clerk
1 Public Square
Clarksville, TN 37040
(931) 648-4604 or (931)648-6152

You must contact the City Court Clerk's office to determine if you are eligible to attend the traffic school.

Violators will be held responsible for all costs incurred for the collection of any judgments resulting from tickets that were issued to them. This includes but is not limited to: fines, fees, court costs as well as collection costs and/or attorney fees.

City Court is located on the 2nd floor of 106 Public Square (across from the City Hall/US Bank Building). It is not located in the county court center on N. Second St.

Office Hours
7:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Last updated: 4/23/2018 2:02:52 PM