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Missouri Court System

Missouri Court System

Missouri'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.

Missouri is split up into 46 judicial districts, and there is at least one court in each county.

The state of Missouri has chosen to further divide their local courts into "problem-solving" courts like "associate circuit, small claims, municipal, family, probate, criminal and juvenile courts." These specialized courts focus solely on their area of expertise and helping to solve problems beyond just finding justice. Some of the most common types of problem-solving courts are Drug Court and DWI Court for the treatment and rehabilitation of people with addictions. Veteran's Court deals with a myriad of issues that affect war veterans.

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."

Supreme Court
Court of Appeals
Circuit Court
Municipal Court

Missouri Court Records That are not Open to the Public

Although a lot of information is available through Missouri's court records, not everything is made public. According to Missouri 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 records:

- “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”

Filing Information

Filing Information

The Missouri Judicial Branch of Government website 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. Some courts also have electronic filing, but it is not a state-wide standard as of yet.

Search Missouri Court Records Online

To search for Missouri court records easily, use the Infotracer search tool! With access to thousands of Missouri court cases all over the state, including St. Louis County, Jackson County, and St. Charles County, Infotracer is your best option! Thanks to the Missouri Sunshine Law, MO. Code §610.023 et seq., Infotracer can offer criminal court records, civil cases, bankruptcies, divorces, probate court records, and more through their extensive database.

Anyone can conduct a private court records search without any reason at all. No special information is needed or permission, just a Missouri state court records name search. Most records will be available except those that are private or confidential by law.

With Infotracer, get free instant access to Missouri court records from most of the courts in the state. The Infotracer search tool is the best way to lookup court cases online from Missouri circuit courts in all 46 judicial districts, appellate courts, and the Supreme Court.

Missouri Court Statistics

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

Total State Caseloads

Year Total Caseload
2012 2,840,743
2013 2,844,265
2014 2,680,100
2015 2,355,249
2016 2,216,593

Share of Court Type Incoming Caseloads

Court Type Incoming Caseloads
Civil 11%
Criminal 10%
Domestic Relations 5%
Traffic 73%

Family Court Cases

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.

Year Domestic Relations Caseload Total Statewide Caseload
2012 126,887 2,840,743
2013 119,257 2,844,265
2014 117,522 2,680,100
2015 117,012 2,355,249
2016 117,946 2,216,593

Missouri Criminal Caseloads

The number of criminal cases in Missouri courts counts to 221,347, with 106,313 felony cases and 115,034 misdemeanors accordingly.

Year Criminal Caseload Misdemeanor Caseload Felony Caseload
2012 224,338 121,056 103,282
2013 222,618 120,521 102,097
2014 206,904 110,739 96,165
2015 210,151 111,309 98,842
2016 221,347 115,034 106,313

Circuit Courts

Missouri's Circuit Courts are the local, general jurisdiction trial courts for the state. They handle both civil and criminal matters. Missouri is split into 46 judicial districts with at least one Circuit Court in each county. These courts are further divided into specialized courts to deal with matters of family, juvenile, small claims, and probate issues. Additionally, Missouri 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. Their goals are to help people live better lives and stay out of the court system.

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