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The Oakwood Municipal Court is held the First and Second Thursday of each month beginning at 6:00 pm. The court presides over violations of all city ordinances as well as all misdemeanor traffic violations. The court may also preside over misdemeanor offenses of shoplifting and possession of marijuana. Violations of local and state alcohol laws fall under the jurisdiction of this court as well. Oakwood Municipal Court provides a Court Interpreter as well as a Public Defender at no charge to the violator.

 
 
Municipal Court Judge
Hammond Law (pictured above)
 
As the municipal court judge for the city, Hammond Law handles adjudication of traffic and misdemeanor offenses that occur .in Oakwood. With 27 years of experience as an attorney, he is a partner at the law firm of Whitmer & Law, where he has been practicing since 1985. A graduate of North Georgia College, he went on to earn his law degree at the University of Georgia School of Law in 1982.
 
Law has three children, Kaitlin, Lindsay and Jake. A member of First Baptist Church in Gainesville, he enjoys bicycling, running .and UGA athletics.
 
court solicitor
Billy Hollingsworth
 

Serving as municipal court solicitor, Hollingsworth prosecutes cases involving violations of municipal ordinances and state traffic laws. Hollingsworth, a former state court prosecutor, has been court solicitor since 2007. A 1994 graduate of the University of Georgia, he earned his law degree from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School in 1998.

 

Hollingsworth and his wife, Jennifer, have one son, Will. He enjoys hiking, paddling and fly fishing.

 
Public Defender
Leslie Aiken
 
As municipal court public defender, Leslie Aiken assists and advises defendants who appear in court without a lawyer. Aiken has been a criminal defense and civil litigation attorney for more than 15 years. After graduating from Georgia State University in 1990, he earned his law degree from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School in 1994.
 
Court Interpreter
Norma Hernandez
 
Serving as Spanish/English court interpreter for Oakwood Municipal Court since 2001, Norma Hernandez also serves .Habersham County State Court, Cornelia, Braselton, Dahlonega and Flowery Branch Municipal courts, and Hall County State, Superior, Juvenile and Magistrate courts.
 
Hernandez has been self-employed with Bilingual Services since 1998, providing accounting services for Spanish small businesses in Gainesville, Gwinnett, Cornelia, Dawsonville and Lawrenceville. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting in Honduras, Central America, and is licensed by the Georgia Supreme Court as a court interpreter.

Hernandez has two children, Josue and Raul. She enjoys her work and reading.