Springfield’s municipal court announced Wednesday changes in their operations to comply with orders from Governor Parson regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.
“The two main goals of judicial pandemic planning are: 1. Operating in a way that protects the health and safety of everyone at court facilities; and 2. Keeping Courts open to ensure justice for the people we serve,” the Missouri State Court Administrator said in a statement.
The changes being made are:
- ALL cases starting March 16 through April 10 will be postponed to a later date. As the April 10 date approaches, the court will evaluate whether the current policy should be continued.
- New court dates for continued cases will be mailed to defendants or their attorneys at the address on file. If unrepresented defendants have a pending case, those defendants must keep their addresses updated with the court. To update your address, email email@example.com or call 417-864-1890. Persons appearing at the courthouse at 625 N. Benton will be provided a handout at the front door with contact information.
- All walk-in dockets from March 16 through April 10 are cancelled.
- Probationers may contact the probation office for possible alternatives to in-person reporting. You may contact your probation officer directly or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 417-864-1895.
- Victims and city witnesses should contact the prosecutor’s office for information. You may contact the City Prosecutor’s office by phone at 417-864-1899.
- Municipal Court will remain open for business. Court employees should report to work as scheduled unless sick or taking scheduled time off.
- Payments are encouraged to be made by phone at 417-864-1890, by mail at 625 N. Benton, Springfield, MO 65806, or at the court’s outside drop located at 625 N. Benton.
If you have questions regarding the changes, contact Court Administrators Kyle O’Dell at 417-864-1360 or Deanna Farley at 417-864-1358.