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Ferguson Municipal Division, Judicial Circuit 21Located in St. Louis County, 21st Judicial Circuit
222 S. Florissant Road
Ferguson, MO 63135
(314) 524-4127 (facsimile)
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
EXCEPT Thursdays when an evening docket is scheduled, when the court closes at 4:30 p.m.
Donald McCullin, Municipal Judge
How does court work, and what are a defendant's rights?
For the benefit of those individuals with cases pending before the municipal division, Judge Richter made introductory remarks at the beginning of his first Ferguson municipal docket March 19, 2015, explaining:
- The Missouri court system, how municipal divisions work – including the kinds of municipal violations for which a person can pay a fine without appearing in court and those for which the law requires the person to appear;
- The different roles of the city council, city prosecutor and municipal court division;
- A defendant's rights in the municipal court division; and
- What a defendant can expect of the municipal court division and what the court expects of the defendant.
Does a charge require a defendant to appear in court? What if a defendant just wants to plead guilty and pay the fine online?
State law allows courts to establish a violations bureau schedule for animal, housing and certain traffic violations. People charged with these types of violations who wish to plead guilty and pay a predetermined fine and costs may do so without appearing in court. All violations that do not require a personal appearance are listed in the violations bureau schedule.
Defendants charged with violations that do not require a court appearance who wish to plead guilty and pay their fines online may do so through The Payment Group. There are two payment options available. The first is for defendants who wish to pay the entire amount of the fine. The second is for defendants who have appeared before the municipal judge and who wish to make a partial payment according to their court-approved payment plan.
When is court held?
Three sessions are held by the court per month (two night and one day sessions) in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Please see the Ferguson municipal court calendar for more information.