Payment & Deposit Information

Most of the fines, fees and court costs that are assessed against parties in a case are ordered paid through the Circuit Clerk’s Office and are expected to be paid upon disposition of the case. Acceptable methods of payment are by cash, money order, cashier’s check, debit or credit card. Personal checks are acceptable from Lafayette County residents only.  If payment is made by credit card, a processing fee will be applied.

The Lafayette County Judiciary now participates in the new Pay By Web program.  This payment option can be located online at www.courts.mo.gov/pbw.  Currently, traffic, conservation and watercraft violation citations that are eligible for payment through the FCC (Fine and Collection Center) are also eligible for payment using the Pay By Web option.

Traffic fines and fees, civil and criminal court cost balances owed are also eligible for payment using this option.  Complete details can be found at www.courts.mo.gov/casenet.

This office participates in both the Tax Intercept Program and the Debt Collection Program. Debts left unpaid under the payment plan policy are forwarded electronically to these programs for collection purposes. The brochure, WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PAYING YOUR COURT COSTS, is located after the mileage schedule below.

Adult restitution is paid through the Lafayette County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Juvenile restitution is now paid through the Lafayette County Circuit Clerk's Office.

The deposit schedule for new cases is as follows: 

Circuit Division Fees

All Original Civil Cases
Pro Se $153.50 / E-Filed $103.50
DOM, Modifications, Paternity, Domestic Contempt Actions
Pro Se $153.50 / E-Filed $105.50
Each additional Defendant
Pro Se $30.00 / E-Filed NA
Out-of-County Defendant
Pro Se $35.000 / E-Filed NA
Filing of Foreign Judgments
Pro Se $103.50 / E-Filed $103.50
Motions for Examination of Judgment Debtor
Pro Se $153.50 / E-Filed $103.50
Contested Affidavits for Termination of Child Support
Pro Se $153.50 / E-Filed $103.50
Family Access Motions and Motions / Applications for Amendments Nunc Pro Tunc
Pro Se $153.50 / E-Filed $103.50
Adoptions - (Includes deposit for Guardian-Ad-Litem fees)
Pro Se $503.50 / E-Filed $503.50
Adoptions subsidized by the Missouri Children's Division Paternity
(requiring Guardian Ad-Litem)
Pro Se $203.50 / E-Filed $203.50
Paternity (Requiring Guardian Ad-Litem)(Includes $300.00 Deposit)
Pro Se $453.50 / E-Filed $453.50
Western District Appeals
Pro Se $70.00 / E-Filed $70.00

Associate Division Fees

Landlord / Tenant Actions
Pro Se $51.50 +
Service Fee / E-FIle $51.50
Landlord / Tenant Appeals
Pro Se $70.00 / E-FIle $70.00
Associate Civil Actions except Small Claims
Pro Se $100.00 / E-FIle $51.50
Small Claims
Pro Se $38.50 +
Service Fee / E-FIle $38.50
Trial De Novo
Pro Se $45.00 +
Service Fee / E-FIle $45.00
All Cases with Multiple Defendants
(Per Defendant)
Pro Se $30.00 +
Service Fee / E-FIle NA

Service Fee Schedule for Pro Se Actions

(Effective 10/1/14)
Service Fees and Mileage
Summons $30.00
Non Est $30.00
Writ of Execution $30.00
Garnishments $30.00
Injunctions $30.00
Full Order - 0 -
Ex Parte - 0 -
Subpoena - Civil $30.00
Subpoena - Criminal $20.00
Warrants
In-State Fel. $75.00
In-State Misd. $10.00
Civil Contempt $75.00
Days Served Prior to Court
Criminal Summons - 5 Days
Civil Summons - 10 Days
Ex Parte - 3 Days
Subpoena - Up to the Day

Mileage Schedule for Pro Se Actions

(Effective 10/1/14)
Alma
$14.00
Corder
$11.00
Napoleon
$7.00
Aullville
$16.00
Dover
$7.00
Oak Grove
$15.00
Bates City
$13.00
Emma
$20.00
Odessa
$11.00
Blackburn
$16.00
Higginsville
$9.00
Waverly
$12.00
Concordia
$17.00
Mayview
$7.00
Wellington
$4.00

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PAYING YOUR COURT COSTS (pdf)

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