Kimberly J. Benjamin, Founder & Managing Attorney
March 30. 2020.
Jackson County Courts
If you are facing a legal issue in Jackson County, Missouri, you might have preliminary questions about the courts. This can be especially real in circumstances where someone is experiencing a criminal law situation such as DWI, drug crimes, or traffic violations. In these circumstances, you may be wondering where the courthouse is located, which court will oversee your court case, and how to access court records.
How Can a Criminal Law Attorney Help
There are two major courts in this county: the municipal court and the 16th Circuit Court. Each court handles specific types of criminal and civil cases in Jackson County, and each has its own courthouses located throughout the county.
A criminal defense lawyer can assist with all relevant tasks associated with these courts, but for your own understanding, our firm has put together this brief overview of the Jackson County, Missouri Court system.
16th Circuit Court of Jackson County MO
There are 45 circuits in Missouri. If you have been charged with a crime Jackson County, your case will most likely be heard by the 16th Circuit Court. The 16th Judicial Circuit Court is a state trial court where violations of Missouri law are prosecuted.
The circuit court is a court of general jurisdiction, so unless it is a community matter, the majority of cases are handled by this court. Those consist of criminal, civil, probate, juvenile, and small claims matters.
16th Circuit Court of Jackson County’s Courthouse
There are multiple courthouse locations in this county where criminal law matters are heard. Criminal law matters within our practice areas such as sex crimes, assault, and violent crimes, and other relevant cases are typically heard at the downtown and Independence courthouses or the Albert Riederer Community Justice Complex. Below, we provide more detail about these locations and additional courthouse information.
Jackson County courtroom proceedings are open to the public, except for most juvenile matters. However, visitors have to go through a security checkpoint when entering any of the Jackson County court buildings. Although cell phones may be brought into the courthouse, they have to be turned off inside the courtroom, as well as other electronic devices such as computers. Taking photographs inside the courtroom or outside courtroom doors is also not allowed. You will be required to empty your pockets and remove your belt. Weapons of any kind are not allowed in court buildings.
The Albert Riederer Community Justice Complex, situated at 1315 Locust in KC, Missouri, hears criminal cases as well as juvenile criminal cases and offers restorative justice to the victims of criminal offenses. You can call this courthouse at (816) 881-3934.
Jackson County Courthouse Independence MO
Although most county courthouses are located in Kansas City, municipal court cases are handled by the Eastern Jackson County Courthouse, also known as the Truman Courthouse, in Independence, Missouri. As mentioned above, the municipal court hears cases involving county ordinance violations. The Eastern Jackson County Courthouse also shares civil court responsibilities with the County Courthouse in Kansas City. The address for this courthouse is 308 West Kansas in Independence, MO. You can contact them by phone at (816) 881-4400.
No matter which courthouse is hearing your criminal law case, you can rest assured that the trusted attorneys of the Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center are prepared to stand by your side. Our extensive experience navigating the Missouri court system and our dedication to preserving justice is just a small part of what places us among the top criminal defense law firms in the Kansas City area.