About St. Louis Municipal Court

Jurisdiction of the St. Louis Municipal Court, mission, and governance.


City Court is a division of the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis, and has exclusive original jurisdiction to hear and resolve alleged violations of the Ordinances of the City.  

The Muncipal Court handles these cases:

  • Traffic
  • Minor Alcohol/Drug
  • Earnings Tax
  • Truancy
  • Problem Property

Our Mission

City Court embraces the belief that it has the opportunity and capacity to be an engine of civic betterment, to improve traffic safety, to identify and connect those with special needs with services that will improve their lives, to promote quality neighborhoods, and protect commercial districts and establishments and help make them more viable, prosperous and safe.

The Court is committed to the goal of racial equity: a state in which race does not predict the outcomes of cases in City Court.

We embrace the belief that with this, our publicly declared and intentional effort to do so, we can ever more closely approach a state in which race does not predict outcomes in our Court.    

Court Governance  

The operation of the Court is governed by the U.S. constitution, the Missouri constitution, Missouri statutes, Missouri Supreme Court rules and operating standards, local court rules and St. Louis City Ordinances.

Governing Court Rules

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