FAQs

Court Services

Frequently asked questions

What happens if I miss my trial date for a criminal charge?


If a court date is missed with proper notice of trial, the trial will go forth in your absence.




What happens if I missed my court date for a traffic ticket?


If a court date is missed on a traffic citation, a 10-day notice will be mailed along with another court appearance letter to appear in court the following Wednesday after you missed your court date. If the defendant does not adhere to the second attempt, the suspension process will go forth.




Can I reschedule / continue my court date?


Your case will be heard as scheduled unless you can provide written documentation as to why you could not make your court date as scheduled. This documentation will need to be provided at least 24 hours before the date of your trial for review. If you do not receive resolution on your court date, you will need to contact the court services at 601-859-9291.




Do I need to be in court the day I am scheduled?


If you were given a court date and time, you will need to either appear and plea or ask for trial, or pay the ticket (if applicable) prior to court. If you do not appear, you are subject to having your driver's license suspended (in the case of traffic charges) or having a warrant issued for your arrest (in the case of criminal charges).




Something unexpected has come up (e.g. illness, car issues, etc.) and I cannot make my court date. Can you tell the judge / officer or continue my case?


Your case will be heard as scheduled unless you can provide written documentation as to why you could not make your court date as scheduled. This documentation will need to be provided at least 24 hours before the date of your trial for review. If you do not receive resolution on your court date, you will need to contact the court services at 601-859-9291.




Can I represent myself?


According to state statute, you may represent yourself. You have the right to introduce evidence, examine and cross examine witnesses, make closing arguments, and otherwise present a defense to the charges. You will be held to the same standards as and attorney.




What is the procedure for entering a plea to a criminal charge?


There are 3 possible please to a criminal charge:
1. Not Guilty - You deny guilt and the city must prove the criminal charge against you.
2. Guilty - You admit you committed the act(s) charged, that the acts are prohibited by law, and that you have no legal defense for such acts.
3. No Contest (Nolo Contendere) - You neither admit guilt or deny it.




Can I plead by phone?


No, you cannot plead by phone. You either need to appear in court or pay the fine prior to your court date.




Can I appear earlier than my trial date and time and speak with the judge?


No, you may not appear earlier to speak with the judge. The Municipal Court judge will only speak with defendants on the appointed court date in open court.




What type of payments do you accept?


We accept cash, check, money order, and credit / debit cards.




When do I have to have my fine?


The total amount of your fine is due on or before your court date.




Can I pay my fine online?


Yes, you may pay a court fine online at CitationPayments.com.




Can I pay my fine over the phone?


Yes, over-the-phone payments are accepted. Contact our office at 601-859-9291.




Can I pay my ticket and still plead not guilty?


Payment indicates a guilty plea and forfeiture of fine monies. Appearing on your court date gives you a chance to ask for a reduction in fines or plead not guilty.




Why do I have to pay court costs when I didn't go to court?


Court costs are assigned to the particular charge you were given - not according to your court appearance, and are for the operation of the court.





Office of the Mayor

Frequently asked questions

Who is the Mayor?


Dr. William Truly Jr.




What are the Mayor's responsibilities?


- The Mayor is the Chief Executive Officer and Administrative Head of City government. As Executive Officer of the City of Canton, the Mayor is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the City. - The Mayor represents the City in intergovernmental relationships. - The Mayor is recognized as the head of City Government for all ceremonial purposes.




What is the term for a Mayor in Canton?


The Mayor services a four-year term.




How do I invite the Mayor to an event?


Please visit the Meeting/Event Request page. You may also contact call the Mayor's office.




Where is the Mayor's Office located?


The Mayor's Office is located at 226 East Peace Street in the City Hall building. When entering the building from the parking lot, his office is the first door to the right.




What are the hours of operation for City Hall?


Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.




Is there a fee for a proclamation?


There is no fee charged for proclamations. Please see the Proclamation Guidelines.





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