City Court

hon. Robert A. McNees, III            hours of operation:

City Judge                                                     Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
                                                                      and Wednesdays during court hours

Karen Hendrix                                 court dates and times:

City Court Clerk                                           Mondays at 9:00 am

Office (865) 425-3536                 Wednesdays at 5:00 pm
Email                                                          Thursdays at 9:00 am
Fax (865) 425-3608

Robin Nettles

Deputy City Court Clerk

(865) 425-3536


Municipal Building

200 South Tulane Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
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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.  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.   

oak ridge city court bond schedule
(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 – The class is a one time, four hour ($40) or eight hour ($60) 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