• The Missouri Supreme Court has ordered the municipal courts to remain accessible to the public throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Even though day and night court proceedings have been cancelled to prevent the spread of the virus, municipal courts must continue to perform certain essential functions, utilizing social media, websites, email, teleconferencing and videoconferencing.
  • These essential functions include:
  • Issuing and recalling warrants;
  • Setting and reducing bonds;
  • Processing court costs, fines and fees; and
  • Providing information about pending cases, including new court dates.
  • If your municipality decides to physically close its courthouse facilities, you must notify the Supreme Court, the Office of State Courts Administrator, and the Presiding Judge of the 21st Circuit, Judge Michael D. Burton. You will also need to post a notice at your courthouse and notify the media.
  • Municipal courts must stay informed of all Administrative Orders issued by the Circuit Court and the Supreme Court of Missouri. These orders are available on the St. Louis County Circuit Court’s website, stlcountycourts.com and the Missouri Supreme Court’s website, www.courts.mo.gov.
  • Stay in regular touch with your municipal officials and the St. Louis County Department of Public Health. Follow Health Department guidelines – such as social distancing -- and abide by directives for reporting cases of Coronavirus in your facilities.