In many small cities around Georgia, including Calhoun, court takes place just once a week or sometimes every two weeks.
Walker's suit is pending in federal court in Rome.
U.S. District Judge Harold L. Murphy granted a preliminary injunction, stating that the City “may not continue to keep arrestees in its custody for any amount of time solely because the arrestees cannot afford a secured monetary bond.”
The order also said that “keeping individuals in jail solely because they cannot pay for their release, whether via fines, fees, or a cash bond, is impermissible.”
The order has already forced changes in Calhoun, a small city in northwest Georgia.
"The municipal court has adjusted policies to adhere to Judge Murphy’s order and is in discussions with our legal team about where to go next," said George Govignon, Calhoun's city attorney.
Geraghty said the case should force changes around the state. She said Calhoun is among a number of courts statewide where someone's ability to pay determines whether or not they have to stay in jail for days after being arrested on a traffic offense or other misdemeanor.
"Other cities should be aware of the fact that this issue may be coming to a courtroom near them," Geraghty said.