Message from the Fair Grove Municipal Court
​You have been summoned to come to court on the date shown on your ticket.  You may plead not guilty by coming to court and a trial date will be set.  You may plead guilty by mail,
on line with Trafficpayment.com, or by coming to Fair Grove City Hall to pay your fine IF your charge does not require a Court appearance or you have already plead in Court.  If you
want to plead guilty, but you don't have the funds to pay your ticket, you still must come to court.  You will not be arrested for not having money to pay.
If you are indigent, you will be required to complete documentation to be determined by the court as evidence of your financial status and as an aid to the court in assessing fines,

costs and setting of a payment plan.  If you do not come to court when summoned to do so, you are subject to a warrant being issued for your arrest.

Your Rights in Municipal Court
​Your presence in Municipal Court today is perhaps your first experience in any court.  This information has been prepared to help you understand the court proceedings and to inform
you of your rights and duties.  Every person should leave this court feeling that he or she has had a fair and impartial trial or hearing.
        *  Municipal Court is the judicial branch of city government and is a part of the state judicial system.
        *  Misdemeanor criminal cases are ordinance violations for which the maximum fine, upon conviction, does not exceed $500.00 or 90 days in county jail, are tried in Municipal Court
        *  Fines on Minor Traffic violations, also ordinance violations, will not exceed $182.50 per charge.
        *  Trials are conducted under the rules set forth in the Missouri Revised Statutes and Rules or Evidence.

​Before Court Begins
Please remove you hat and be seated.  There is no talking, drinking or smoking during court.  When your name is called, come forward.
​The violations that you are alleged to have committed will be read and at that time you should be prepared to plead either:
        *  If you signed a citation in front of an officer, you did not plead guilty, but only signed a promise to appear in court on your appearance date.
        *  Your decision on what plea to enter is the most important decision you have to make.  We suggest that you read the following explanations before entering
            your plea.  If you decide that you would like to seek the services of an Attorney, please inform the Judge and you will be given time to do so.

Plea Of Guilty
By a plea of guilty, you admit that you committed the act charged, that the act is prohibited by law, and that you have no defense for your act.  
Before you enter a plea of guilty, you need to understand the following:
        *  The City has the burden of proving its case against you.  You have the right hear the City's evidence and to require it to prove its case.
            The law does not require you to prove anything.
        *  If you were involved in a traffic accident at the time of the alleged offense, you plea of guilty could be used later in a civil suit for damages as an admission by you

            that you were at fault or were the party responsible for the accident.
        *  All fines & costs are due at the time you plead guilty.

PLEA OF GUILTY
A plea of not guilty means that you deny guilt and that the City must prove its charges against you.  Your case will be set for trial and you will be given a date to appear.  You will

receive no other notice with regard to your trial date.
If you plead not guilty, you will need to decide whether to employ an attorney to represent you at trial,  You may defend yourself, but no one else except an attorney may represent you.

THE TRIAL
At the time of the trial, the city will be required to prove all the allegations against you as contained in the formal complaint.
"beyond a reasonable doubt", before a verdict of guilty can be reached.
Under Missouri law, you can be brought to trial only after a formal complaint has been field. The complaint is the document which alleges what you are supposed to have done,

and that your action was unlawful.
      *  You have the right to inspect the complaint before trial and have it read to you at trial.
     *   You have the right to have your case tried before a jury if you desire.

     *   You are entitled to hear all testimony introduced against you.

     *   You have the right to testify in your own behalf.  You also have the constitutional right not to testify.  If you choose not to testify,  your refusal cannot and will not be used against

          you in determining you guilt or innocence.  However, if you do choose to testify, the prosecutor will have the right or cross-examine you.

    *    You may call witnesses to testify in your behalf.

    *   You also have the right to have the court issue subpoenas for witnesses to ensure their appearance at trial.  However, you must furnish the names, addresses and telephone

         numbers of these witnesses to the court at least two weeks prior to your trial date.  It is your responsibility to serve subpoenas.


​PRESENTING THE CASE

As in all criminal trials, the City will present its case first by calling witnesses to testify against you.

After each prosecution witness has finished testifying, you will have the right to cross-examine him or her.  Your examination MUST BE IN THE FORM OF QUESTIONS.

This is not a time to make a statement and you must not argue with the witness.  You will have an opportunity to make a statement later in the trial.  After that prosecution has

presented its case, you may present your case.  You have the right to call nay witnesses who know anything about the incident.

You may testify in your own behalf, but cannot be compelled to do so.  The Judge will base his decision only on the State Law or City Ordinance involved and the facts as determined

by the testimony and other evidence presented.  When you testify, try to be fair and calm.  Do not evade answering any questions.


THE VERDICT

The verdict of the Judge will be based on the testimony which sounds most reasonable and on the facts presented during the trail.  in making his determination, he will only consider

the testimony of the witnesses who are under oath.

If you are found guilty by the Judge, he will announce the penalty.  You should be prepared to pay the fine at that time.  You may request an extension of time to pay or an extension of

time to pay or an extension of ten (10) days to appeal the ruling of the Judge.  This Notice of Appeal must be filed with the Municipal Court with ten(10) days after the verdict.


FINES

The amount of fine assessed by the court is affected by the facts and circumstances of the case.  Mitigating circumstances may lower the fine.  However, aggravating circumstances

may increase the fine.  In no case may the fine exceed $500.00 per charge, and not more than $182.50 on minor traffic violations.  All fines are deposited in the General Fund of the

City of Fair Grove.


COURT COSTS

If you are found guilty of an offense, court costs will be added to the fine.  Court costs are required by state law and are remitted both to the General Fund of the City and to the

State Department of Revenue.  Court costs are $12.00, Crime victims Compensation $7.50, Law Enforcement Training @2.00, Police Officer Training $1.00, Court Automation Fee

$7.00, Sheriff Retirement Fund $3.00, Judicial Facilities Surcharge $10.00, Total $42.50


RIGHT OF APPEAL

If you are not satisfied with the verdict of the Court, you have the right to appeal the verdict to the Circuit Court of Greene County.  If you do appeal,  You must post court costs of

$30.00 with the Municipal Court Clerk who will then forward the money and the case filed to the Circuit Court.  You will be notified of a new court date and your case will be heard

again in its entirety by another judge. You must file the appeal within ten (10) days of the judgement.  If the judgement is not appealed within ten (10) days, it becomes final and

you must pay the fines and costs assessed by the Court.





















 



 



 


 



 

  

 

 



 



 



 

 


 



 

 

                                                                     

 

 

 



      



 



 



 




Court Contact Info:

Phone: 417-759-2353 

Fax: 417-759-6480

courts@fairgrove.org

Court Physical Address:

81 S. Orchard Blvd.

Fair Grove MO 65648

 

Court is held every third Thursday at 1:30 pm


Court Mailing Address:

Fair Grove Municipal Court

PO Box 107

Fair Grove MO 65648

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