Circuit Clerk Announcements
The State of Missouri has contracted with the Municipal Services Bureau located in Austin, TX as the new debt collection vendor. Court costs are assessed on all criminal cases not resulting in dismissal or Not Guilty findings. Contrary to public perception, these costs are expected to be paid regardless of the type of sentence a defendant receives. For many years, the Lafayette County Judiciary has pursued collections through payment plans, tax intercept and debt collection processes as provided by the State.
If you are the recipient of a letter or series of letters from MSB, it is not a scam. The pursuit of collecting the debt you owe through the Municipal Services Bureau is purposeful. If you believe you have received such a letter in error, feel free to contact the Circuit Clerk's office at 660-259-6101 to discuss the matter.
Show Me Jury Press Release pdf
The Lafayette County Circuit Court implemented the new Show Me Jury system in September 2018. Within this system, prospective jurors can choose to communicate with the court by text or e-mail. Please read the above press release for more information.
ALSO ON THE HORIZON: Show Me Courts
The case processing and case management of all traffic and municipal cases filed in the Lafayette County Circuit Courts will transition to a new, Windows based operating system referred to as Show Me Courts. All other case types will follow as specific functionality becomes available.
eFiling was implemented in all divisions of the Lafayette County Judiciary on 10-1-2014 and as a result, paper document filing has been greatly reduced. Now that electronic filing has been fully established, paper files are no longer being created and existing paper files are being converted to electronic files. These processes will result in maximum efficiency as it relates to case management and retrieval.
All licensed attorneys are required to become registered users of case.net which enables them to complete the filing processes electronically. For additional information on the subject, please contact the Circuit Clerk’s office.
DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND CASE.NET
The Circuit Clerk’s office receives numerous requests for copies of documents from specific files. By using DMS, many of the public documents are currently available for viewing and printing through case.net. All docket entry text can be viewed in a public case and any entry highlighted in blue is a hyperlink to the actual document which can be viewed or printed. There are no fees associated with this activity.
PUBLIC ACCESS TERMINAL
While several documents/cases are of public record, they may not be available for viewing/printing from case.net for a variety of security reasons. In general, the majority of the records maintained by the Circuit Clerk’s office can only be made available by personal inspection of a file. A public access terminal is available near the Circuit Clerk’s office allowing such personal inspection to occur.
PAY BY WEB
The Circuit Clerk’s office now participates in the Pay By Web program which allows some court cost balances to be paid online. For more information, access the Payment and Deposit Information link.