Municipal Court

PROPER COURTROOM

ATTIRE REQUIRED

 

NO HATS, TANKTOPS, HALTERTOPS,

OBSCENE/LEWD PRINTING OF MATERIAL ON CLOTHING, PAJAMAS, MIDDRIFFS,

SHORT SKIRTS/SHORTS, ETC.

 

PROHIBITED ITEMS

CELL PHONE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES MUST BE TURNED OFF AND PUT AWAY BEFORE ENTERING THE COURTROOM. IF YOU ARE CAUGHT WITH YOUR CELL PHONE OUT IT WILL BE CONFISCATED. WEAPONS OF ANY TYPE ARE PROHIBITED.

 

 

Information About Fines

The punishment range in the Raytown Court is from $0.00 to $500.00 and/or from 1 day to 90 days jail as well as up to a 2-year probation for each charge. A variety of violations are heard which may include Housing Code Violations, a range of Traffic Charges, as well as violations of General Ordinances. Click here to see more information on fines. 

Payment Option

No personal checks will be accepted.  The only forms of payment accepted in person are cash, money order, credit card (Visa,Discover or MasterCard) or certified cashiers check. All credit and debit cards will be charged a 2.5% service fee.
 
We are now accepting online payments as well. All online payments will have a $4.50 convenience fee. 
 

Court Appointed Counsel

The application for a court appointed counsel can be obtained from the Municipal Court office located at City Hall. The application must be completed in its entirety and returned to the court prior to the assigned court date. 

Court Procedures

The Municipal Court is the court where the majority of people come into contact with the judicial system.  It should be emphasized that every accused has all the same protection of "due process of law" in this court as afforded in any other trial court.

  • The right to retain an attorney
  • The right to a trial
  • The right against self-incrimination
  • The right to cross-examine witnesses
  • The right to compel witnesses to appear for you
  • The right to appeal from an adverse judgment to the Circuit Court after trial (trial de novo)

The court does not view an accused as a criminal but rather as a fellow citizen of the community who has been accused or charged with a violation of law, and entitled to full protection of law as referenced above.  Although we have an entrusted duty to perform the judicial function on behalf of the community, it is our intent and desire to treat each person before the court with appropriate courtesy and respect.

It is not the burden of the defendant to prove he/she is not guilty, but rather it is the burden of the city prosecutor to prove "beyond reasonable doubt" that after consideration of all the evidence, the defendant should be found "guilty."  Absent such finding, the defendant is deemed "not guilty."

The maximum fine and sentence in Municipal Court for any single offense is $500.00 and 90 days in jail.  It is the general policy of the court to expect all fines and court costes to be paid immediately upon assessment.  Fines and costs may be paid by cash, cashier check, or money order.

A plea or finding of guilty of many traffic offenses carries with the conviction an assessment of points against driving privileges, and an accumulation of multiple points could jeopardize driving privileges in this state.  For residents of other states, a record of any assessment of points as a result of a conviction in Missouri will be forwarded to the home state under the interstate Non Resident Compact Law.  Conferring with legal counsel before entering a plea of any charge before the court is encouraged.

The Court has a duty to protect and preserve it's function and dignity, and those appearing before the court are expected to present themselves in a manner and dress that demonstrates appropriate respect.

You can search our online records by clicking here. . 

 

Official Website of the City of Raytown, Missouri
City Hall | 10000 East 59th Street | Raytown, Missouri | 64133 | Ph (816) 737-6000
Office Hours: Mon - Fri 8:00am - 5:00pm