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City Court has jurisdiction within Oak Ridge over cases involving violations of city ordinances. The courtroom is located in the Municipal Building and the City Court Clerk's Office is adjacent to the courtroom. The City Court Clerk's Office records and maintains permanent records of cases that come before City Court. The City Court Clerk's Office also receive monies for fines and costs. Payment may be made in person or by mail. For your convenience, payment can be made in the afterhours drop box located on the courthouse steps. Please include name and phone with payment. Acceptable methods of payment are: cash, check and money orders.  If you have written a bad check to this office in the past, a check will not be accepted.  Credit card payments are not accepted at this time. 


At the Judge's discretion, a person may complete a traffic school class to keep a moving traffic violation off of his or her driving record with the State.  To be eligible, a person must not have already taken the traffic class out of this court.  The traffic class is normally scheduled for the first Saturday of each month.  Depending on the severity of the charge, the Judge will assign either the four-hour or eight-hour class.  There is a fee for attending the class, payable directly to the instructor.  Court costs will also be assessed, payable to City Court after completion of the traffic class.  Due to federal rules, a person with a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) may not take the traffic class.   


City Judge



City Court Clerk

Office: (865) 425-3536 


Fax: (865) 425-3608


Municipal Building

200 South Tulane Avenue

Oak Ridge, TN 37830

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HOURS OF OPERATION:                                                     

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays during court hours



Mondays at 9 a.m.
Wednesdays at 5 p.m. (NOTE: EFFECTIVE JULY 3, 2023, WEDNESDAY COURT WILL BE AT 3 P.M.)
Thursdays at 9 a.m.


(Effective January 1, 2020)



1-20 mph above speed limit                 $120.00                                                                           
21-30 mph above speed limit               $130.00    
31 mph over and above speed limit    $140.00  

Speeds over 90 mph                             $150.00
Speeds SCHOOL ZONE                       $140.00      

*****Traffic School is Available *****


Illegal Parking:  
        fire lane, against flow of traffic, etc.       $25.00
        handicapped space                               $100.00

Miscellaneous (traffic):                                                                           

TN Hands-Free                                       $60.00

reckless driving                                     $150.00    
Passing School Bus                               $150.00  
failure to yield the right-of-way            $120.00   
failure to use due care and caution     $120.00  
following too closely                             $120.00 
ran red light/stop sign/fail signal         $120.00
improper lane usage                             $120.00
other traffic violations not listed           $120.00


Miscellaneous (non-traffic)
       Animal ordinance violations                     $30.00
       Possession of open alcohol                      $75.00

       Possession/discharge of fireworks           $75.00
       Noise ordinance violations                       $75.00

       first offense                                               $25.00 fine                                  
      second and subsequent offense             $50.00 fine                                  




Some citations may be resolved prior to the court date by mailing/presenting documentation and payment in the Court Clerk’s office. . If you do not see your charge or you have question, call the Court Clerk’s office @ 865-425-3536.

1. Bond Forfeiture – Call Clerk’s office or check the City’s website for the Bond Schedule. You can submit your payment by mail or present your payment in the Court Clerk’s office. 

2. Traffic Class – You must appear on your date to request the traffic class. The class is a one-time, four-hour ($50) or eight-hour ($80) class which includes lectures, videos, and instruction. Call the Clerk’s office for information and eligibility.

3. Contesting a Citation – You must appear on your court date.

4. Expired Registration –
     a. If your vehicle registration has been expired less than 2 months, you may fax, mail, or present a copy of your current registration to the Clerk’s office for dismissal at no costs.
     b. If your vehicle registration has been expired for more than 2 months, mail a copy of your current registration and a cashier’s check for $100 to the Clerk’s office. Your citation will be dismissed on costs and no court appearance is necessary.


5. Equipment Violation – If the violation has been corrected, bring the vehicle to the Court parking lot and proceed to the Clerk’s office.  An officer will check the vehicle for compliance and your citation may be dismissed at no cost. This includes but is not limited to headlight, brake light, and window tint.

6. Financial Responsibility (Insurance) –
     a. If you were insured at the time of the citation you may fax, mail, or present a printed copy of your insurance ID card to the Clerk’s office. Citation may be dismissed at no costs.
     b. If you did not have insurance at the time of the citation, you must appear on your court date.


NO DEBIT OR CREDIT – cash, check, cashier’s check or money order only


Tennessee Department of Safety Schedule of Points Values

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