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 Municipal 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.

Courts Within Municipal Court

Traffic Court

Traffic court is a specialized judicial process for handling traffic ticket cases.

Minor Alcohol/Drug Court

Drug Court combines the authority of the judge, prosecutor, probation officers, law enforcement, and corrections officers with the expertise of substance abuse treatment professionals to force an offender to deal with his or her substance abuse.

Earnings Tax Court

Tax courts have the authority to provide rulings on a wide range of taxation subjects.

Earnings Tax Court is a specialized court of law that hears and adjudicates earning tax-related disputes and issues.

Truancy Court

Every parent in Missouri is responsible for making sure that their children receive an education. This can be done in a number of ways, including enrolling in public or private schools, pursuing educational opportunities online or opting to utilize a home school option. If a child misses so many days of school in a year, the child and the parent could face a number of penalties thanks to state truancy laws.

Truancy Court was created to hold parents responsible for making sure their kids get to school. Parents may be sent to truancy court if their child misses 10 or more days of school without a verifiable reason.

Problem Property Court

They tackle and solve especially persistent Problem Properties—the poorly maintained addresses that drive down land values and prompt neighbors to move.

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.

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