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Administrative Traffic Court

The purpose of Administrative Traffic Court is to dispose of uncontested traffic infractions and other minor traffic offenses in a manner that will not overwhelm the regular criminal court calendar.

Administrative Traffic Court is held on the following days of each month:

The First (1st) Thursday of the month is reserved for individuals who wish to represent themselves. Court begins at 9:00 a.m. in Courtroom 2A of the Chatham County Justice Center. This is your opportunity to meet with a prosecutor to discuss your ticket.

  • If your case is not disposed of during a First Thursday session of court, you will be given a "traffic compliance" court date on the Fourth (4th) Friday of a following month.
  • Drivers aged 19 and under must complete an in person driving class to be considered for any reduction. Please see the accepted schools below.
  • Having a Certified copy of your Driving Record with you on your first court date may eliminate the need for you to come back to court. A Certified Mailed and Official copy of your driving record can be ordered at the NC DMV website The cost is $11.00.
  • On the Fourth Friday setting you will need to bring with you any documentation requested by the District Attorney (driving class certificate, motor vehicle inspection/registration, certified copy of your driving record, etc). You will need to pay all court costs, fines and fees at that time.
  • If you wish to contest your ticket by pleading Not Guilty and take your case to trial before a Judge, the District Attorney will continue your case to the next available court date for the officer who wrote the ticket. NO TRIALS WILL BE HELD ON ADMINISTRATIVE TRAFFIC COURT DATES.
  • You must be in court on your assigned court date (or hire an attorney to appear on your behalf).
  • The District Attorney's Office will not grant continuances over the phone.
  • The District Attorney's Office will only discuss your ticket with you during your assigned court date.
  • The District Attorney cannot give any legal advice. This includes answering questions about points on your insurance or on your license.
  • If you have questions about what to do, please hire or consult with an attorney.

The Second (2nd) Thursday of the month is reserved for Defense Attorneys who have been retained on Chatham County traffic cases. Court begins at 9:00 a.m. in Courtroom 2B of the Chatham County Justice Center.

  • DEFENSE ATTORNEYS, PLEASE DO NOT APPEAR IN COURT ON THE FIRST THURSDAY. The First Thursday setting is reserved for pro se defendants only and they will be given priority.
  • All cases left over from the First Thursday setting are automatically held open for Defense Attorneys until the Second Thursday.
  • There is no need to request a continuance to the Second Thursday. No cases will Called and Failed until after the Second Thursday session.
  • Do not fax continuance motions/requests to the District Attorney’s Office. We do not have the personnel to process faxed requests.

Approved Traffic Schools for Chatham County cases:

  • AAA Traffic Safety school - 866.741.6688
    8 hour online and in person class - AAA Traffic Safety School

  • AlertDriver - 919.408.0745 Online classes only

  • Jenkins' Driving School 919.771.7730 or 919.771.7731 (en Español) - In person classes only

  • Street Safe - In person classes only

These are the only driving schools that will be accepted. If you wish to take a different driving school, that school must be approved specifically by the District Attorney who negotiates your case.

All drivers aged 19 or under (on the date of offense) must complete an in person class for any reduction.

The Chatham County Justice Center is located at 40 E. Chatham St., Pittsboro, NC.

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