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Payment must reach us prior to your court date. Pay cash or money order only to City of Berry Hill, 698 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN 37204. Fines are listed on the back of your citation.You must pay the fine PLUS $38.75 per ticket (not per charge) in costs/fees if you pay prior to your court date. We do NOT accept checks, credit cards or debit cards for payment. Call us at 615/292-5531 if you have any questions about the amount. If you mail payment, make sure we have your name & correct address to send a receipt, which only will be sent to you if you include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your payment. For an illegal parking or illegal parking in a handicapped space, you would not pay the $38.75 per ticket--just the appropriate fine and a $1 fee for the State. The fine for an adult seatbelt offense is now $30 for the first offense and $50 for the second offense. Those with seatbelt offense citations would not pay a court cost/cash bond forfeiture fee on that offense if the ticket were paid prior to the court date. There would be a $38.75 court cost/cash bond forfeiture fee for child restraint offenses, for which the fine would be $50.00 (so a total of $88.75 for a child restraint offense). All of those who have a "texting while driving" ticket would need to appear in court on that offense--may not prepay.
You will then be reported to the TN Dept of Safety & Homeland Security as guilty of that offense, and the appropriate fine and court cost/litigation fee would apply. You will then be scheduled to appear at the next court date if you would like to apply for a payment plan or have an indigency hearing. The Judge must hear either request (for a payment plan or indigency) in Open Court and make his determination then. If you do not appear in court then or comply with the Judge's ruling, an electronic Court Action Report will be sent to the TN Dept of Safety and Homeland Security to initiate suspension of your driver's license. When you pay us (by cash or money order) the full amount due to us, we will give you paperwork to take to the Dept of Safety to show them you have taken care of your Berry Hill citation.
We need to receive proof--your original certificate of attendance-- that you attended an approved traffic school before our next court date. We cannot accept a copy or an emailed or faxed certificate--only the original certificate.This is very important. If we do not receive this, it will revert to a Guilty determination, you will owe the original fine for the offense (as well as the court cost & litigation fee if you did not already pay that), and you will be reported as Guilty to the TN Dept of Safety & Homeland Security. You may appear in Open Court at the next court date to request a payment plan or have an indigency hearing in front of our Judge. If you do not appear then and comply with the Judge's ruling, a Court Action Report will be sent to the TN Dept of Safety & Homeland Security to initiate suspension of your license. (This is reciprocal in other states, so any out-of-state driver's licenses also would be suspended.)
No, just cash or money orders. If you mail your payment to us, please send a money order. Do not send cash through the mail.
You should be here (698 Thompson Lane) before 2:15 p.m. on your court day to sign in and be seated. Court begins promptly at 2:30 p.m.
Have any necessary repairs done so your lights are working, then bring your car to show us that your lights are working prior to your court date. If you do this, we will give you a repair receipt and you will not owe a fine on this charge. You cannot do this after your court date.
In Berry Hill City Hall in the dark bluish-grey building that says "City of Berry Hill" at 698 Thompson Lane (across from the Pepsi plant, in between Calypso Cafe and Woodlawn Cemetery). There is a large statue of a bear in front of our building. We're only a couple blocks from 100 Oaks Mall. You are welcome to park in our free parking lot on East Iris Drive next to our building.
We are allowed to change your court date once, if we are notified in advance that you need to change the date. Call 615/292-5531 to reschedule your court date. Do not call us to reschedule after court has begun. We cannot reschedule if you MISS your court date, so please notify us in advance if this is necessary. Remember, we can only reschedule it once.
No, you only may talk to the Judge about your citation during your appearance in open court on your assigned court day.
Yes,be sure to come to court as scheduled. When you're appearing before the judge, ask the judge for additional time to pay. The judge is the only one who can allow you to pay after your court date. Normally, payment is due in full on your court day, but the judge may give you extra time if requested. Remember, we only accept cash and money orders.If you need to request a payment plan or ask for an indigency ruling, you must do so in open court, and the Judge would rule on your request. They can only be granted with the Judge's approval.
Yes, translation services are provided by Language Line Services over a speakerphone in the courtroom. The City's Limited English Proficiency Procedure may be downloaded
You may request a payment plan in open court on your scheduled court date. The Judge will hear your request then, and would need to approve it before a payment plan would be granted.
Come in to Berry Hill City Hall at least a week in advance of your scheduled court date in order to pick up the forms you'll need to fill out for the indigency hearing on your scheduled court date. You will have to fill out the forms completely and bring them to court with you on your court date for the Judge to review. He cannot approve them before court or by phone--just in open court. It is up to the Judge if Indigency will be granted after he reviews the paperwork.
We are located at 698 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN 37204-- across from the Pepsi plant and in between Woodlawn Cemetery and Calypso Cafe. There's a large statue of a bear in front of City Hall. City Hall is open from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (except on holidays). Court is held in the City Hall building. There is a parking lot next to our building with free parking.
FINES FOR MOVING VIOLATIONS:
FINES FOR NON-MOVING VIOLATIONS:
For tickets written for court dates prior to the December 20, 2019 court date, the Court Cost of $25.00 is applied to each ticket (not each offense) if the citation is paid for prior to Court. If you come to Court prior to December 20, 2019, the Judge may charge a $25.00 Court Cost per offense, if he so rules. If you Fail to Appear in Court, you will be charged a Court Cost per ticket or per offense, as the Judge determines. The Court Cost is charged to help pay for the costs of citations going through the Court system, with $1.00 of each Court Cost going to the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security. NOTE: Berry Hill's Board of Commissioners voted to raise the Court Cost to $50.00 (from $25.00). It went into effect for citations listing the new Court Cost on the back of the citations, and that began with citations written for the December 20, 2019 court date.
The Cash Bond Forfeiture Cost of $13.75 is applied to each ticket (not each offense) if the citation is paid for prior to Court. It is not charged on citations that are heard in Court or on those whose defendants fail to appear in court. Ninety-five percent (95%) of the Cash Bond Forfeiture fees go to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), with other five percent (5%) going to help pay for the costs of citations going through the Court System.
The Litigation Fee of $13.75 may be applied to each offense, as the Judge so determines, for citations heard in Court or for citations whose defendants fail to appear in Court. It would not be charged for citations paid for before court. Ninety-eight percent (98%) of these fees go to the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security, with two percent (2%) going to help pay for the costs of citations going through the Court system.
As with the fines paid to our Court, all Court Costs, Cash Bond Forfeitures and Litigation Fees may only be paid by cash or money order to The City of Berry Hill. We do not accept credit cards, debit cards or checks for payments for traffic citations.