Contact: (417) 868-4074 (option #5)
The Finance Division is responsible for all monies received by and paid into the court system including filing fees, fines and costs on criminal and traffic cases, garnishment funds paid in to the court on civil and domestic cases, fees for copies, some child support and various other fees and costs. The finance division is comprised of eleven employees with varying job duties.
There are four cashiers at the front window in the Circuit Clerk’s office to take payments and answer questions. There are seven other staff members that can take payments by phone. The finance division is also responsible for processing all garnishments filed on civil judgments. There are checks and balances in place to ensure that all payments received are applied correctly to the right cases.
Court Clerks are prohibited from giving legal advice pursuant to Supreme Court, Operating Rule 25.
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What types of payments are accepted?
For information on types of acceptable payments click here.
Can I pay my costs over the phone?
If you want to pay by phone, you can call our office at (417) 868-4074 (option #5) to make a payment by Master Card, Visa, Discover, or American Express. A third party convenience fee applies to debit or credit transactions. We can email you a copy of your receipt. If you want a receipt mailed to you, you will have to send in a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your case number noted. Please note: If paying by phone, credit/debit card must be in the defendant's name.
How can I find out how much I owe?
You can call our office at (417) 868-4074 (option #5). We can look up your case number and tell you how much you owe, the due date and whether or not the account has been placed with collection.
What if I can’t pay my fines and costs in full?
Typically, fines and costs are due on the day you come to court and the case is disposed. If you have not paid the fines and costs in full within 30 days of the date of judgment, a one-time $25.00 time payment fee is assessed. You will also receive a notice that your driver’s license will be suspended (if convicted of a suspendable offense) if fines and costs are not paid within 30 days from the date of the notice. At that point you will have an additional 30 days to pay. If you still fail to pay in full, your driver’s license will be suspended (if applicable) and your account will be sent to collections. If the fines and costs are sent to collections, a one-time collection fee equal to 20% of the balance due will be added.
How do I get more time to pay on my fines and costs?
Any extension must be approved by the judge and will require a court appearance. To request extensions, please come to open court Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. and report to the Circuit Clerk’s Office first.
*Please note that if your costs are in collections, you will not be able to request an extension on fines and costs.