Court Information and Procedures

Your presence in Municipal Court may be your first experience in any court. The following information has been prepared to help your understand the court proceedings and to inform you of your rights and duties. Every person should leave this court feeling that he or she has had a fair and impartial trial or hearing.

Municipal Court is the Judicial branch of City Government, and is a part of the 21st Circuit Court of St. Louis County.

If a court appearance is mandatory, you must appear in court on the date/time listed on your ticket. Failure to appear may result in a warrant for your arrest.

If an accident has resulted from any moving violation, a court appearance is mandatory.

Speeding in a school zone, on a play street, or construction zones are mandatory court appearances.

Ellisville Municipal court is usually, first come, first serve. Before entering the courtroom, please be dressed in appropriate attire. All cell phones must be turned off or silenced. There is no eating or drinking allowed in the courtroom. There is no smoking allowed in the building.

As the Judge enters the courtroom, please rise. Afterward, please be seated. When your name is called, come forward before the Judge.

The violations that you are alleged to have committed will be read to you. Your decision on what plea to enter is the most important decision you will have to make. If you decide that you would like to seek the services of an attorney, please inform the Judge and you will be given time to do so. If you choose to plead not guilty, your case will be set for trial and you will be given a trial date to appear.

Law & the Courts Resource Guide

View the Law and the Courts Resource Guide (PDF) to review your rights and resources available to you.