FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 22, 2017
The Kansas City Municipal Court will limit court hearings and payment operations on May 25-26 due to construction-related power outages in parts of the building. As a result, the courthouse closes at noon this Friday.
“To minimize the inconvenience, we scheduled this portion of construction to coincide with the annual Missouri Municipal and Associate Circuit Judges Association conference,” said Court Administrator Megan Pfannenstiel. “The majority of our judges will be in attendance, which meant fewer people were scheduled to come to court.”
The construction project will restore and modernize the aging courthouse which was built in 1973, but had few significant upgrades since. Plans include a more open lobby, improved security stations, energy efficiency upgrades and a larger space for Housing and Animal Court. The construction is funded by a court fee dedicated to the restoration, renovation and maintenance of the building.
If you have cases pending at Municipal Court, here is what you need to know:
Court hearings: On May 25 and 26, the court will only hold scheduled hearings and video arraignment hearings for people arrested within the previous 24 hours.
Payments and case information: The Violations Bureau and customer service windows on the first floor will be closed. Payment operations will move to a temporary location on the second floor to be primarily used for those with court hearings on May 25 and 26. Everyone else is urged to get case information, request first time continuances or make credit or debit card payments online at kcmo.gov/pay or kcmo.gov/court. Make check or money order payments payable to “Municipal Court” at the drop box in the lobby or by mail to P.O. Box 219381, Kansas City, MO 64121-9381. Include your case number on any payment remitted to the Court through the drop box or by mail. Please do not mail cash or place cash in the drop box. Bonds may be posted at any Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department patrol station.
Media please contact Municipal Court Public Information Officer Benita Jones at 816-513-6711.