A Comprehensive Guide to Kansas City Municipal Court

Kansas City Municipal Court handles violations of the local city law violations. Learn everything you need to know in this guide.

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Kimberly J. Benjamin, Founder & Managing Attorney

April 11. 2020.

What Kind of Cases Does the Kansas City Municipal Court Handle?

 

If you are facing low-level charges or a traffic infraction in Kansas City, your case will likely be handled by the Kansas City Municipal Court. The Kansas City Municipal Division of the 16th Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri has jurisdiction over city ordinance violation cases.

As the largest municipal court in Missouri, this Kansas City court processes more than 200,000 cases each year consisting of:

  • Traffic offenses (i.e., speeding, driving while intoxicated, and parking tickets)
  • General regulation offenses (i.e., trespass, assault, disorderly conduct)
  • Building regulations and nuisance infractions (i.e., inadequate home or property upkeep, weeds, trash)
  • Animal health and public security offenses (i.e., no animal license, animal abuse/neglect, animal attacks)

At the Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center, we frequently represent clients in the Kansas City Municipal Court for city ordinance violations. Read on for our guide to navigating this Municipal Court system or reach out to our firm for more information.

What Is the Kansas City Missouri Municipal Court’s Location?

 

If you have been accused of violating a city ordinance law in Kansas City, you will likely need to visit the Municipal Courthouse at some point to attend your court hearings, pay your traffic tickets, or to speak with an administrator. Below, you will find general information about the Kansas City MO Municipal Courthouse.

Where Is the Kansas City Municipal Courthouse?

The Kansas City Municipal Courthouse is located at 511 E. 11th Street at the corner of 11th and Locust. The building’s entrance is on 11th Street.

For customer service questions or to make a payment with a cashier, our firm recommends visiting the Violations Bureau on the first floor. The first floor of the courthouse also houses the Probation Office and the City Prosecutor’s Office.

The courthouse has nine courtrooms:

  • Courtrooms A, B, C, D, and I – located on the second floor
  • Courtrooms E, F, G, and H – located on the third floor

How to Contact the Kansas City MO Municipal Court

Throughout a municipal case in Kansas City, your attorney will most likely handle the communication between you and the court. However, if you prefer a more hands-on approach to managing your court case, knowing who to reach out to with questions and how to contact them can help your case run more smoothly.

In addition to visiting the courthouse in person, you can get in touch with the court by phone or by email.

Kansas City Municipal Court Phone Number and Email Addresses

To contact Kansas City Municipal Court by phone, call (816) 513-2700. It is open between the hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Mon through Fri.

You can also email the court using one of the following email addresses:

  • General messages: court@kcmo.org
  • Probation questions: probation@kcmo.org
  • Payment inquiries: mcpayment@kcmo.org

Kansas City Municipal Court Records and Case Information

 

There are numerous ways you can search for, view, or request info about your Kansas City Municipal Court case. If you are looking for general case information, you can visit the Violations Bureau on the first floor of the courthouse or contact our team of lawyers in Kansas City. To view info about a municipal court ticket in an open/active or probation case, you can conduct a search using the online municipal court ticket information system.

To request a court record, you can use one of the following methods:

  • Visit the Violations Bureau on the first floor of the courthouse.
  • Download, complete, and submit this form to court@kcmo.org.
  • Send a detailed message through fax to 816-513-6782 or call 816-513-2700.

It’s important to note that court records in cases that have been dismissed, resulted in acquittal, or involve completed sentence probation are considered confidential or non-public records. Confidential case records may be released to the defendant, the defendant’s attorney, or to any other person with a signed and notarized release from the defendant. You can download the confidential records release form here.

What Is the Kansas City Municipal Court Docket?

 

In Missouri, courts use dockets to manage and organize each case that they see. The term “docket” is used to describe the cases on a court’s calendar, and the notes written by the court clerk stating the actions taken in court.

Each day, the Kansas City Municipal Court displays the docket on a large monitor on the first floor of the courthouse. The docket for each courtroom is displayed on a monitor just outside the door of the courtroom. The set docket schedule can be viewed online here.

Kansas City Missouri Municipal Court Docket Walk-Ins

A large part of the Kansas City Municipal Court’s docket schedule is its walk-in dockets. The Municipal Court holds walk-in dockets to allow individuals with warrants, particularly for failure to appear, to speak to a judge to see if the judge will put a hold on their warrant and provide another court date without needing to go through the cost of posting bond. Prior to taking this route, however, you will need to be prepared to post a bond due to the possibility that the judge will not cancel your warrant and will rather decide to take you into custody.

Walk-in dockets likewise offer a chance to request a continuation if you can not remain in court on your scheduled future court date but are not qualified for a continuation by web or phone. You probably won’t be able to solve your case or show evidence to the judge at the walk-in docket, but you might be issued a new court date. Walk-in dockets are likewise a good choice for individuals who have a case that has already been disposed of, but they are having trouble meeting the Order of the Court to pay a fine, participate in a class, or participate in community service.

Below is the schedule for the Kansas City, MO Municipal Court’s walk-in dockets.

General Cases:

  • Monday 9 am – 11 am (Courtroom C)
  • Wednesday 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm (Courtroom E)
  • Friday 9 am – 11 am (Courtroom A

Housing and Animal Cases (Courtroom I):

  • Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 10 am – 11 am and 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Thursday 9 am – 11 am

Domestic Violence Cases (Courtroom E):

  • Monday-Friday, 9 am – 11 am

Although they can be beneficial, you should never attend a walk-in docket without consulting with an attorney first. Walk-in docket appearances are only advisable on a case-by-case basis, and attending a docket without a lawyer’s legal guidance could end up doing more harm than good. Contact the Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center today to determine your best course of action with one of our award-winning criminal defense lawyers.

Who Are the Kansas City Municipal Court Judges and What Divisions Do They Handle?

 

As one of the largest courts in Missouri, the Kansas City Municipal Court has several judges, each of whom handles different divisions within the municipal court system.

These judges and their docket responsibilities are outlined below:

  • Judge Ardie A. Bland – Division 205 (Courtroom A)
  • Judge Keith R. Ludwig – Division 204 (Courtroom B)
  • Judge Michael C. Heffernon – Division 202 (Courtroom C)
  • Presiding Judge Corey A. Carter – Division 201 (Courtroom D)
  • Judge Courtney A. Wachal – Division 203 (Courtroom E)
  • Judge Martina L. Peterson – Division 208 (Courtroom F)
  • Judge Katherine B. Emke – Division 206 (Courtroom G)
  • Judge Anne J. LaBella – Division 207 (Courtroom H)
  • Judge Todd D. Wilcher – Division 209 (Courtroom I)
    • Housing Court: Monday all day; Tuesday – Thursday at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
    • Animal Ordinance Violations: Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
    • Fire Code Violations: Thursday at 11:00 a.m.

Consistently proving themselves as one of the top law firms in the Kansas City area, the Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center has extensive experience working with these judges and knows how to develop the best defense for municipal court cases. A city ordinance violation can result in up to $1,000 in fines as well as up to 180 days in jail, and wrongful convictions remain a serious problem even at the municipal level.

To protect your freedom, future, and finances, you should never face the judges without a dedicated legal advocate by your side. Please contact us today for a free consultation.

 

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