MUNICIPAL DIVISION COURT


Division Clerk: Tracy Fisher

24th Judicial Court | St. Francois County, MO | Park Hills Municipal Division | 10 Municipal Drive, Park Hills, MO 63601 | Phone: (573) 431-3142 | Fax: (573) 431-2441 | Email: parkhillscourt@parkhillsmo.net

  • Municipal Judge: James Joyce
  • Prosecutor: Julie McCarver
  • Deputy Division Clerk: Christina Henson
Tracy Fisher, Division Clerk

Tracy Fisher, Division Clerk


About the Division

Municipal divisions of the circuit court hear violations of city or municipal ordinances.  The Park Hills municipal judge is appointed by the Mayor, with the consent of the city council, for a two-year term. In addition to the municipal judge, the municipality may employ division clerks and other personnel to staff the division.


Resources
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  • For the Court Schedule CLICK HERE
  • For a list of fines and costs CLICK HERE
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Park Hills Municipal Division Court Dates

The court is in session on the following days  and times:

  • First Monday of each month and begins at 3:00 p.m.
  • Second Monday of each month and begins at 5:00 p.m.
  • Fourth Monday of each month and begins at 5:00 p.m.
2018 Division Dates
  • January 8 and 22
  • February 5, 12, and 26
  • March 5, 12, and 26
  • April 2, 9, and 23
  • May 7, 14, and 28
  • June 4, 11, and 25
  • July 2, 9, and 23
  • August 6, 13, and 27
  • September 10 and 24
  • October 1, 8, and 22
  • November 5 and 26
  • December 3 and 10
2019 Division Dates

*Municipal Division Court will not close in the case of inclement weather. Court will be held regardless of any business or school closings occurring on the scheduled days for court.


Overview of Municipal Division Courts

Municipal division courts are authorized by the Missouri Constitution and are part of the circuit courts. They are open to the public of all ages. The purpose of these courts is to provide you with a place to obtain a fair and impartial trial on any alleged violation of a city ordinance. While this is a general overview of your rights in municipal division courts, each individual court may have local rules that may apply to your case. Please check with your local municipal division court for the local court rules.

Municipal division courts are courts of law established to protect the rights of all citizens. If there is anything you do not understand, do not hesitate to ask the judge any questions.

Rights in Municipal Division Courts

Right to know when the court is open

Every court has different hours it is open. It is important that you check the court’s website or call the court’s clerk to determine when it is open. A comprehensive listing of the websites and phone numbers for all municipal division courts in Missouri can be found HERE

Right to attend court

Courts in Missouri are open to the public of all ages.

Right to release pending hearing

If you are in jail for a municipal charge, you have the right to be released unless the court decides you need to be in jail for the protection of the community or because you may not appear for court. If the court orders your release from jail, there may be conditions on your release, including bail.

Right to access court records

If you have a case in a municipal division court, you have the right to see the court records for your case. This includes records that show charges, court rulings, fines, and other information for your case.

Right to an attorney

You have the right to be represented by an attorney and may hire one at any time. When you first appear in court, you can ask to postpone the hearing one time so you can hire an attorney. However, you are not required to have an attorney represent you. You may represent yourself.

Right to have a judge decide if you can afford a lawyer or pay fines

If you want an attorney, but cannot afford one, you can ask that the judge decide if you qualify for a court-appointed attorney. You may be required to fill out paper work about your finances as a part of this process.

You can also request the judge to decide if you are able to pay court fines or to be granted an alternative sentence. You may be required to fill out paperwork regarding your finances as a part of this process.

You may not be put in jail for failure to pay fines or costs unless the judge finds you have the ability to pay but are unwilling to pay or when alternative sanctions to jail are not sufficient.

Right to a court-appointed attorney

If you show you cannot afford an attorney, and the city is seeking to put you in jail, the court will provide an attorney to represent you.

Right to request a different judge

You may request a change of judge for any reason within ten (10) days after you enter your initial plea. If it is past the ten (10) days, then you must show cause why the judge should be changed.

In addition, a judge may decide he or she cannot hear the case if they have a conflict of interest in the case or the judge will appear as the prosecuting attorney in a neighboring county where the prosecuting attorney will serve as judge.

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Procedures and Practices for Defense Attorneys Practicing within the 24th Circut of St. Francois County, Missouri, City of Park Hills Municipal Division

Court Procedure
  1. Entries of Appearance: A written entry of appearance shall be filed with court personnel in person, by mail, or by fax; every effort should be made to avoid duplicate submissions. The entry shall include the date of submission, defendant’s full name, case number, the attorney’s name and MO bar number, fax and phone contact information, email address, and certificate of service to the prosecutor. Entries filed with the court only will NOT be forwarded to the prosecutor. Any pleading filed with an attorney’s signature is considered an entry of appearance and the attorney will be added to the case.
  2. Request for Recommendation: See ‘Attachment A’ Requests for Discovery shall be filed with the prosecutor or prosecutor clerk. Requests of the prosecution filed with the court only will NOT be forwarded to the prosecutor.
  3. Request for Discovery: See ‘Attachment B’. Requests for Discovery shall be filed with the prosecutor clerk. Requests of the prosecution filed with the court only will NOT be forwarded to the prosecutor.
  4. Acceptance of the Prosecutor’s recommendation: See ‘Attachment C’
  5. Filings and Motions: Filings and motions shall be made in writing and can be filed in person, by mail, or by fax; every effort should be made to avoid duplicate submissions. A certificate of service to opposing counsel must be included in all filings and motions. Oral motions may be allowed at the Judge’s discretion or as allowed by Local Court Rules. In cases of emergency, the Judge will take submissions under advisement on a case by case basis. All filings and motions with notice, when applicable, shall be filed timely and in proper form, including the attorney’s name and bar number and the date of submission, or as directed by Local Court Rules.
  6. Continuances: Continuances are granted by the Judge or as directed by Local Court Rules. Requests for continuance may be made in person, by mail, or fax; every effort should be made to avoid duplicate submissions. Motions for continuance shall be made in writing. A certificate of service to opposing counsel must be included. Oral motions may be allowed at the Judge’s discretion or as allowed by Local Court Rules. Continuances are not granted until approved the court. Court clerks may not grant continuances. The attorney assumes the risk of the request for continuance being denied if the request/motion is not made at least 1 day prior to the next scheduled court date.
  7. Request for Recall of Warrant(s): A written request may be included in the attorney’s entry of appearance or filed as a separate motion. Requests for a warrant(s) to be recalled may be filed in person, by mail, or fax; every effort should be made to avoid duplicate submissions. A certificate of service to the prosecutor must be included. Oral motions may be allowed at the Judge’s discretion or as allowed by Local Court Rules. All requests for warrant recall will be ruled on by the Judge in a timely manner taking any objections of the prosecutor into account. Warrants will not be recalled automatically upon filing and entry of appearance. Any court date immediately following the recall of any warrant requires the appearance of the attorney and defendant.
  8. Representation: An attorney who has entered his/her appearance on a case shall remain the attorney of record until a motion to withdraw is filed with the court and granted by the Judge. It is the expectation that the attorney of record appear at all scheduled court appearances with the defendant, unless otherwise instructed by the court. In the event that secondary counsel files an entry of appearance on the case that attorney will be added to the case as co-counsel. It is not the responsibility of the court to handle matters between attorneys and/or their clients. If the defendant is represented by counsel all notifications will be sent to the attorney of record, not the defendant.
  9. Withdrawal: A written motion to withdraw shall be filed with the court and ruled on by the Judge. The motion may be filed in person, by mail, or fax; every effort should be made to avoid duplicate submissions. A certificate of service to the prosecutor and defendant must be included. Oral motions may be allowed at the Judge’s discretion or as allowed by Local Court Rules.
  10. Bonds: Bonds can be collected by any peace officer within the agency that is has the defendant in custody. Bonds collected by law enforcement for outside agencies will be forwarded to the court of jurisdiction by the police department or city, the bonds for outside agencies will not be processed by the court. Bonds can be collected by court personnel during regular business hours for cases within the jurisdiction of the division collecting the bond money. Any bonds collected on a case will be returned to the defendant unless a notarized bond assignment is filed with the court to disburse any refund to another party. All fines and costs shall be deducted from the collected bond money prior to any bond money being refunded.
Attachment A - Requests for Recommendation
Attachment B - Request for Discovery
Attachment C - Acceptance of the Prosecutor's Recommendation