Municipal Court Division

The Liberty Municipal Court handles all traffic and City ordinance violations written by the Liberty Police, Animal Control and Code Enforcement departments. The Municipal Court is located in Liberty City Hall, 101 E Kansas, Liberty, Missouri, 64068. For more information, call 816-439-4430. 

LIBERTY MUNICIPAL COURT
NOTICE EFFECTIVE JUNE 1, 2020

In compliance with the operational directives of the Supreme Court of Missouri and administrative orders of the Presiding Judge for the Seventh Judicial Circuit, effective June 1, 2020, the following directives, limitations and requirements shall be in effect for the Liberty Municipal Court. 

  1. City Hall entry for court. Only those individuals with actual court-related business shall be permitted entry into Liberty City Hall and the Municipal Courtroom for Thursday evening Court sessions. Only those individuals with actual court-related business shall be permitted entry into the Municipal Courtroom for Friday morning Court sessions (in recognition of the need for other City business to take place on Friday mornings in other areas of City Hall). All individuals will enter City Hall from the Kansas Street entrance (except those with disabilities) and exit down the elevator onto Missouri Street. All others accompanying said individuals shall remain outside of the building.

  2. The following persons shall not enter Liberty City Hall or the Municipal Courtroom:
    • Persons currently experiencing symptoms of acute respiratory illness, including fever, persistent cough, or shortness of breath;
    • Persons currently under self-quarantine  as ordered or requested by any doctor, other licensed health care provider, or health agency (such as the Clay County Public Health Center), or who reside with anyone who has been ordered or requested to so self-quarantine, pursuant to a determination of a presumptive positive diagnosis of COVID-19 infection;
    • Persons who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) infection, or who reside with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 infection, unless either that person or the person with whom that person resides
      • Has been free of fever (100.4 degrees F or 37.8 C or greater using an oral thermometer) for at least 72 hours (three full days) without the use of fever reducing medications; and
      • Other symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) have improved; and 
      • It has been at least ten days since the onset of symptoms; and 
      • That person wears a face mask or face covering the entire duration of their time within City Hall and the Municipal Courtroom.
    • For purposes of the potential exclusions as set forth above, the term “diagnosis with” means either a positive test for the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), or a presumptive positive determination made by a physician, other licensed health care provider, or health agency (such as the Clay County Public Health Center).
    • Individuals who have business before the Court but who are prevented from entering Liberty City Hall and the Municipal Courtroom on their assigned date should contact their attorney or the Court Administrator at 816-439-4432 at least 72 hours before their Court date.
  3. All persons entering Liberty City Hall for Municipal Court will be required to wear a mask or face covering. If individuals do not have a mask or face covering a mask will be provided to them.

  4. Occupancy of the courtroom shall be limited to 15 persons (exclusive of Court personnel). Occupancy of the area inside City Hall vestibule (area just outside Courtroom) shall be limited to 25 individuals including Court personnel. All other persons with Court business must wait outside City Hall until directed to enter.

  5. Upon entry into City Hall defendants shall check in with a Court Administrator and be directed either to the Courtroom or to a waiting area maintaining at least six (6) feet social distancing.

  6. Court personnel will be available for attorney plea dockets beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday court dates and 6:30 p.m. on Thursday court dates.

  7. Attorneys will meet with the City Prosecutor in the Police Administration Conference Room, maintaining social distancing of at least six (6) feet while waiting in the hallway.

  8. Attorneys are encouraged to waive the appearance of their clients when appropriate.

If you have questions concerning this process please contact the Court Administrator at 816-439-4432 or Thomas C. Capps, Municipal Court Judge, at 816-883-2628.

Mission
Liberty Municipal Court is committed to professionally serving the citizens of Liberty by administering justice in a fair, efficient, and respectful manner, so as to enhance the public trust and confidence in the court system. 

Continuance Information
One continuance per defendant may be granted without a court appearance. No continuances will be granted on traffic accident cases. To receive a continuance you must contact the court at 816-439-4430. 

Online Records Search
Defendants can use the Online Records Search to view current cases, active warrants and court dockets (within 30 days)

Payment Methods
Cash, checks, Mastercard and Visa are accepted as methods of payment. A check or money order should be made payable to the City of Liberty. Online payments can be made for most minor traffic violations without having to appear in court

Subpoenas
A subpoena is a legal order to appear in court at a specific date and time. Subpoenas are only issued when a defendant pleads not guilty and wishes to have a trial. The court may issue subpoenas to complainants, witnesses, and victims at least 30 days before the defendant’s court date.

Defendants Rights to Court
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