Village of Hillsdale, Missouri | 6428 Jesse Jackson Ave,
Hillsdale MO 63131
: 314.381.0288 | : 314.381.8785
Municipal Court Bill of
Municipal Court of The Village of Hillsdale, Missouri, is
a Division of the 21st Circuit
Court of the State of Missouri and is open to the public. It
is authorized by the Missouri Constitution and created by
charter. The purpose of this Court is to provide you
with a place to obtain a fair and impartial trial on any
citation alleging a violation of a city ordinance. The
Municipal Court has jurisdiction over all cases arising under
the city charter, or any ordinance of the City of Velda
Village Hills and all such other jurisdictions as are or may
be hereafter conferred by law. The range of punishment
on municipal violations is up to a One Thousand Dollars
($1,000.00) fine and up to ninety (90) days in jail, or
More information, include the courts
hours of operation and court contact information can be found
on the Village’s website at www.villageofhillsdale.com or by
calling (314) 381-0288.
is a court of law established to protect the rights of all
citizens. If there is anything you do not understand, do
not hesitate to ask the Judge any
In The Courtroom, You Are Expected To:
remain seated until your case is called, not smoke or consume
food or drink, not talk, or make noise; not sleep or otherwise
disrupt the Court proceedings.
case will be called and you should proceed to the front of the
court room. The Judge will read the charge or charges to
you. If you have retained an attorney, or wish to retain
an attorney, do not plead at this time.
have a right to plead (1) guilty, (2) guilty with an
explanation or (3) not guilty. You are presumed to be innocent
unless and until the City’s prosecution proves your guilt
beyond a reasonable doubt. When reasonable doubt exists, the
case will be decided in your favor. If, after the charge is
read and you understand it, you feel you have violated the
law, you may enter a plea of guilty. If you believe you have
not violated the law, or have a defense to the alleged
violation, you should plead not guilty. If in doubt, plead not
guilty. You will not be given a heavier penalty because of a
not guilty plea.
to an attorney:
have the right to be represented by an attorney and may employ
one to represent you at any time during these proceedings. At
the first setting of your case, upon your request, you will be
granted one continuance in order to retain a lawyer, or to
prepare your defense. If you desire a continuance, you should
request it after your case is called and before entering your
plea of guilty or not guilty. However, you are not
required to have an attorney represent you at trial; you may
represent yourself at trial.
you are a non-U. S. citizen:
you are an undocumented individual, you are hereby advised
that a plea of guilty or a conviction of the offense for which
you have been charged may result in deportation,
inadmissibility from admission to the United States, or a
denial of naturalization pursuant to the laws of the United
States. You may wish to consult an attorney before
entering a plea to any charges.
to a Public Defender:
you establish that you cannot afford an
attorney, and the
City is seeking jail time for the offense charged, the Court
will appoint a Public Defender to represent
you proceed without an attorney:
have a right to plead (1) guilty, (2) guilty with an
explanation or (3) not guilty. You are presumed to be
innocent unless and until the City’s prosecution proves your
guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. When reasonable doubt
exists, the case will be decided in your favor. If,
after the charge is read and you understand it, you feel you
have violated the law, you may enter a plea of guilty.
If you believe you have not violated the law, or have defense
to the alleged violation, you should plead not guilty.
If in doubt, plead not guilty. You are not given a
heavier penalty because of the not guilty
You Plead Guilty:
will be sentenced this evening. Before, during or after a fine
is assessed you may present evidence of your financial
condition to the Judge. If you want to present this
evidence you should file out the Statement of Financial
Condition which is located at the Clerk’s office, the Judge’s
Bench and at the Payment Window prior to seeing the
guilty plea associated with moving violations may result in
points on your driving record.
guilty plea associated with criminal charges will be on your
arrest record as a conviction.
court will allow you time to pay any fine. You may present
evidence regarding your financial condition to the
Judge. The court will consider installment payments if
you establish the need for additional time to pay the
fine. The Court will also consider community service as
an alternative to payment. If you are given an extension
to pay your fine, you will receive a sheet explaining
payment. READ THE SHEET CAREFULLY. Make sure you
appear on the court date noted on the sheet if you have not
paid your court fine and/or costs as instructed. YOU
WILL NOT BE ARRESTED FOR INABILITY TO PAY A FINE.
HOWEVER, FAILURE TO APPEAR IN COURT ON THE DATE REQUIRED MAY
RESULT IN A WARRANT BEING ISSUED FOR YOUR
You Plead Guilty with an Explanation:
plea has the same effect as a plea of guilty, but says that
you would like to explain to the Judge mitigating
circumstances with respect to your charge/s. This also
gives the Judge the opportunity to consider any unusual
circumstances which you believe may be in your favor before
you are sentenced.
You Plead Not Guilty:
of the number of cases before the Court each month and the
need to have the officer and any witnesses present, your case
cannot be heard tonight. You will be given a future
court date for trial.
trial, you have a right to testify or remain silent. If you
remain silent, it is not considered an admission of
guilt. If you testify, the Judge may consider any
statement you make in determining your guilt or
trial, you have the right to ask questions of witnesses
testifying against you.
have a right to have subpoenas issued and served for witnesses
on your behalf to appear at the trial and to question all
witnesses who testify against you at
case is tried. If you are found not guilty, the case
may, if found guilty, accept the decision of the Municipal
Court or appeal your case to the Circuit Court of St. Louis
County, where you may have a new trial before a different
Judge. The request for appeal must be made
within 10 (ten) days of entry of the court’s
decision and cannot be extended for any reason. Complete
details of the appeal procedure will be explained to you by
Court personnel upon request.
Have the Right to Present Evidence of Your Financial Condition
if a Fine is Assessed:
during or after a fine is assessed you may present evidence of
your financial condition to the Judge. If you want to
present this evidence you should file out the Statement of
Financial Condition which is located at the Clerk’s office,
the Judge’s Bench and at the Payment Window. After this
form is filled out you may get in line to see the Judge and
present evidence regarding your financial condition. You
may also ask for alternative payment arrangement if you need
more time to pay a fine. You may present evidence of
your financial condition after you have made alternative
payment arrangement if you are unable to make your
payment. You must fill out a new Statement of Financial
Condition and see the Judge to present your evidence on the
next available court date.
Lieu of a Fine You May Ask for Community
Court may allow you to perform Community Service please let
the Judge know if you want to perform Community Service in
lieu paying a fine.
Order of Trial Is As Follows:
case is called.
City’s witnesses testify to explain their version of what
or your attorney can question City's
may testify and/or call witnesses to testify in your behalf to
explain your version of what happened.
City Prosecutor may question you and your witnesses, if you
and your witnesses testify.
Judge renders the Court’s Decision.
to release pending hearing:
you are confined on a municipal court charge you have the
right to release from custody unless the Court makes a
determination that you need to be held for the protection of
the community. If the Court orders your release, there may be
conditions placed upon your release.
to access court records:
you have a case pending in municipal court, you have the right
to access court records regarding your case. This includes
records which show charges, court rulings, fines owed, and
other information related to your case.
to change of judge or recusal of
may request a change of judge without cause no later than ten
(10) days after you entered your initial plea. If it is past
the ten (10) days, then you must show cause as to why the
judge should be removed. In addition a judge may recuse him or
herself upon a determination that he or she has an interest in
the case or that the judge will appear as the prosecuting
attorney in a neighboring county where the prosecuting
attorney will serve as judge.
court is not conducted as a source of revenue. No part
of any fine or costs goes to the Judge, the prosecutor or any
police officer or any city official. The efficiency of a
police officer is not determined in any way by the number of
tickets he or she issues.
traffic cases, the objective of this court is to reduce the
number of accidents and injuries and to make our streets
safer. Careful driving is the daily responsibility of
each and every one of us.