FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I find my court appearance time?
You may check today's Court Schedule by selecting the Court Schedule option from the menu bar above. To find future court dates please refer to Case.net.
What forms of payments are acceptable to the Courts?
Acceptable payment types can be found here.
How do I file for divorce, custody, child support, or a name change?
Most family cases are filed with the Domestic Division of the Circuit Clerk's office. Information on these cases can be found here.
Who can be a Special Process Server and how do I find one?
A Special Process Server must be a natural person of lawful age who is not a party to the action. You may find one in the phone book or on the internet by looking under Process Servers. A request for appointment of a person other than the Sheriff shall be made in the Circuit Clerk's office by submitting a form which is found here. If a person chooses a Special Process Server instead of the Sheriff, they do so at their own risk.
How do I get a "Satisfaction of Judgment" after I've paid the judgment?
When a judgment or decree is satisfied, the judgment creditor should immediately file an acknowledgment of satisfaction. These forms are available in our office or can be found here. The satisfaction may be entered by the judgment creditor, his attorney of record, or his agent (if an agent, his authority shall be filed).
If a judgment creditor has received satisfaction of a judgment and fails to acknowledge such satisfaction, any interested person may apply to the court where the judgment was entered for an order showing satisfaction.
I paid my judgment, why is it still showing on my credit?
The Credit Bureau gets judgment information from the State Courts website. When you have paid the judgment, it is up to the person you have paid to file a satisfaction with our office. We do not report information to the Credit Bureau, so it will be up to the Credit Bureau to update your information. The judgment will still be on your credit report, but it will show satisfied.
How do I evict a tenant for non-payment of rent?
Landlord/Tenant cases are handled in the Civil Division of the Circuit Clerk's office. Information can be found here.
Do I have to appear in court or can I just pay my ticket?
Most tickets require a court appearance. Please refer to the Traffic section.
Can I pay my ticket over the phone?
Yes. You can call (417) 868-4074 (option #5) to pay by credit or debit card. Our office accepts cashier’s checks, money orders, cash, business checks, debit, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express. A third party convenience fee applies to credit / debit card transactions.
Do I have to hire an attorney for my traffic ticket?
You do not have to hire an attorney to come to court. If you would like to hire one you can, but it is not required.