Court Rules and City Ordinances
The Kansas City Municipal Division of the 16th Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri has exclusive original jurisdiction to “hear and determine” all violations of Kansas City, Missouri ordinances arising within the legal geographical limits of the city and upon all city property. The Rules adopted by the Court en banc of this Municipal division will be as outlined herein and in Supreme Court Rule 37, Sixteenth Judicial Circuit Rule 69, and Chapter 479 RSMo.
Our goal is to provide superior customer service and create a user-friendly court. In return, the Court expects all visitors to respect the Court and its employees. Here are several things you should know before you visit the Court:
Please arrive 30 to 45 minutes before your scheduled hearing to allow enough time to go through security. Defendants are responsible for being on time and present in court when their cases are called. Those who are not could have a warrant issued for their arrest for failing to appear for the hearing.
It is important that visitors understand the appropriate dress code for the Court. The Court is a place of business and visitors should wear clean, well-fitted clothes. Shirt and shoes are required. Please take hats off before entering any courtroom. Note: The individual judge sets the dress code for their respective Division.
Eating, drinking and gum chewing are not allowed in the courtrooms.
All cell phones and pagers should be turned off before entering the courtroom. No audio or video recording devices are allowed. All persons, except those authorized in advance by the court to record proceedings, shall be prohibited from broadcasting, televising, recording, transcribing or taking photographs in the courtrooms, and in the corridors and stairways adjacent thereto.
It is also important to know that all weapons, tools and aerosol sprays are strictly prohibited from the building. No alcohol will be allowed on the premises. All prohibited items will be confiscated and the violator may be appropriately charged. The Court will not store prohibited items for pickup. Leave these items at home or in your vehicle.
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