The state's Court System is simple and comprised of only a Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and local courts called Circuit Courts. The Supreme Court is the highest court in the state and court of last resort. The Court of Appeals is the intermediate appellate court for the state.
MO is split up into 46 judicial districts, and there is at least one court in each county.
The Office of State Courts Administrator (OSCA) is the entity responsible for providing administration and support to all the courts, court personnel, and other organizations. They provide technical assistance, business help, and resources. They were established in 1970 and offer the following services: "case processing; criminal history reporting; debt collection and judgment enforcement; crime victims' rights; treatment court programming; the implementation of time standards for case disposition; and court improvement projects in the areas of child abuse and neglect, juvenile services, and family preservation."
Although a lot of information is available through the state's records, not everything is made public. According to MO law, any legally deemed "closed" records will not be available. Criminal offenders who were not officially charged with a crime, their records will not be public. Additionally, crimes that did receive a charge but were dismissed or found not guilty will also not show up. Identifying information such as the following will be removed from any court documents:
- “Name - Location (home or temporary address)
- Telephone Number
- Social Security Number
- Physical Characteristics (including an unobstructed visual image of the victim's face or body).
- Place of Employment”
Other things that will not be included are mental health records, some public records, expunged criminal records, and contact details.
The MO Judicial Branch of Government website (Missouri Case.net) has an extensive area of forms split into types to make it easy for patrons to find the forms they need to file. Some of the categories are child protection, adult abuse, child support, court of appeals forms, probate, small claims forms, name change forms, family forms, criminal forms, collections programs, and general forms. Each form area on the website has detailed information about the legal process and how, where, and when to file the forms. They also have information on filing fees, docket entries, FAQs, and general information about the courts. Some courts also have electronic filing, but it is not a state-wide standard as of yet.
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In 2012, the Missouri courts received 2,840,743 filings. In 2016, the number of filings decreased by 22.0% and counted 2,216,593 filings and had 2,059,069 outgoing cases
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Domestic relations caseload of Missouri at year end of 2016 has decreased by 7.0% compared to the last 5 years, in 2012 the number of incoming cases have been 126,887 but are higher than in 2015.
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The number of criminal cases in Missouri courts counts to 221,347, with 106,313 felony cases and 115,034 misdemeanors accordingly.
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Circuit Courts are the local, general jurisdiction trial courts for the state. They handle both civil and criminal matters. MO is split into 46 judicial districts with at least one of these courts in each county. These courts are further divided into specialized courts to deal with matters of family, juvenile, small claims, and probate issues. Additionally, MO has initiated problem-solving courts such as DUI Court, Drug Court, Juvenile Court, Family Court, and Veteran's Court to help with treatment and rehabilitation far beyond just bringing justice into these areas. The goals of Circuit judges are to help people live better lives and stay out of the court system.