Mayor’s Court

Mayor’s Court handles adult misdemeanors, traffic offenses, and code enforcement violations, from both state statutes and city ordinances, that occur within the incorporated limits of the City of Ponchatoula.

Mayor’s Court Magistrate

Ernie Drake III

Court Administrators

Carlene Ott
Angel Cortez

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Fines

Fines are higher for violations resulting in accidents. To obtain fine amounts for citations issued as
a result of an accident, you must contact a Court Administrator at (985) 3707500.

Over Speed limit

        • 1-10 $168 / School Zone $203
        • 11-20 $178 / School Zone $228
        • 21-30 $198 / School Zone $278
        • 31+ $228 / School Zone $328

Failure to Stop for Traffic Signal (red light, stop sign, etc.) $158

Improper Turn $158

No/Expired Inspection Sticker $158

No/Expired License Plate $158

Driving Under Suspension $310.00

No Seatbelt

        • 1st Offense $ 50.00
        • 2nd Offense $ 75.00

No Child Restraint

        • 1st Offense $100
        • 2nd Offense $252
        • 3rd Offense $589.00

Fines listed are without causing an accident. Please contact (985) 370-7500 for fines not listed above.

Payments

 

Online

  • Click here to pay online
  • Visa, Mastercard, and Discover Cards accepted

By Mail

  • Money Order ONLY

In Person

  • At City Hall Monday – Friday, 9:00 am 4:00 pm
  • During Court Appearance
  • Cash, Money Order, Visa, Mastercard, or Discover Cards accepted

NO PERSONAL CHECKS ACCEPTED

Court Appearances

Traffic Offenses

Persons who wish to contest a traffic citation must appear in court on the date and time indicated on the bottom of the citation. Persons who pay traffic fines in full prior to the scheduled court date are not required to appear. Failure to pay fines in full prior to court date and/or failing to appear in court as scheduled will result in additional fines.

 

Misdemeanor Cases, Code Enforcement Cases, and Attachment Arrests

Persons are required to appear in court for all misdemeanor cases, code enforcement cases, and cases in which the defendant was arrested on an outstanding attachment. The date and time of court appearance is listed on the summons and/or Notice to Appear.

 

Rules of the Court

All persons and bags are subject to search prior to entering the courtroom

No cell phones allowed

No food or drink allowed

Proper attire required no shorts, tank tops, or hats allowed

7th Ward & City Court of Hammond

For information regarding 7th Ward & City Court of Hammond, please visit www.citycourt.org.