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Municipal Judge & Court
Municipal Court
The Joplin Municipal Court is a court of limited jurisdiction and record which, through its judges and staff, adjudicates traffic infractions and misdemeanor offenses that are alleged to have occurred within the Joplin city limits. All 2 hour parking citations are under the supervision of the City of Joplin Parking Division and are processed in the Municipal Court. Judges, pursuant to applicable provisions of City Ordinance, various state laws and court rules, conduct all hearings - there are no jury trials in Municipal Court.

The main mission of the Court is to promptly and fairly adjudicate all cases filed and to enforce judgments rendered. Ancillary functions include supervising probationers, conducting alcohol and drug evaluations and drug and alcohol education programs, coordinating community service and house arrest activities, provide information to citizens about the municipal judicial process and collect fines and fees.

The Court is under the direction of an Administrative Judge and a part-time judge who preside over court proceedings. The Court is under the direct supervision of the Court Administrator. The support staff positions consist of two Senior Court Clerks, one Sentencing Court Clerk, three Court Clerks, two Compliance Officers, and one part-time Records Clerk.