PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT!  PLEASE SHARE!  This Announcement is Per Judge Timothy Miller as of March 15, 2020 for the Festus Municipal Court held in Jefferson County, "Due to the potential dangers present by the Coronavirus pandemic, the Festus Municipal Court docket in Division 14 for Monday, March 16, 2020 is Cancelled.  As Judge, I cannot in good conscience require perhaps 100 people to pack into a courtroom for several hours, considering that Federal, State, and County officials have all declared a state of emergency due to the virus.  If would be unfair and unconscionable for me to require that much close contact between the citizens who would otherwise faithfully show up for their court date.  Yes, I will still be at my job at the courthouse.  Business will still be transacted.  But contact will be minimized as much as possible to protect everyone.  Please feel free to share this message.  I will take steps to attempt to to get notice to folks so that they don’t stand in line needlessly to come into the courthouse on Monday morning.  I apologize for the inconvenience of this last-minute decision, but it is not an easy thing for me to decide to cancel an entire docket, and I wanted to weigh all of the information available before making this decision.  So please do NOT come to Division 14 for Festus Muni. Court on Monday.  A notice will be mailed out with your new court date as soon as possible.  Other than that, I will be at work and my Division will be open for other business tomorrow."  -Judge Timothy Miller

In the Circuit Court of the 23rd Judicial Circuit of Missouri, City of Festus Municipal Division


The City Council of the City of Festus has enacted Ordinance No. 4520 which provides that as of January 1, 2020, the municipal court in the City of Festus shall cease operations and the City’s ordinance violations shall be heard before an associate circuit judge in the 23rd Judicial Circuit at the courthouse in Hillsboro, Missouri.  In order to effectuate the smooth transition operations, the Court ORDER as follows:

  1. Effective immediately, all active warrants in the municipal court shall be recalled.  The clerk of the municipal court is directed to notify the Festus Police Department of this Order to ensure that all active warrants are cancelled in the law enforcement database.  The prosecuting attorney shall review all cases for which a plea has not been entered to determine whether continued prosecution is warranted.
  2. For all cases in warrant status prior to the entry of this Order, in which a plea has been entered and a fine assessed by the court, and some or all of the fine and costs remain unpaid, such outstanding fines and costs shall be waived and the fines and costs shall be deemed satisfied.  The sentence shall be modified accordingly.  Provided however, that for any case in which the defendant was charged with driving while intoxicated or in which more than $5,000.00 remains due and owing, fines and costs shall not be waived until the prosecuting attorney reviews the file to determine if justice demands that waiver of fines and costs is not appropriate.  The prosecuting attorney shall review such files and request an appropriate order from the court.
  3. All Lieu of Bail Holds (see § 544.065, RSMo), all Failure to Appear in court suspensions (see § 302.341, RSMo) shall be released and rescinded.  The clerk of the municipal court is directed to notify the Missouri Department of Revenue to release and rescind such holds/suspensions.
  4. The clerk of the municipal court shall compile a list of all defendants presently on probation to this court, along with the scheduled completion date of such probation.  Such list shall be transmitted to the Circuit Court for the Court to transfer supervision of such probationers.
  5. For all pending cases in which a cash bond has been posted, the conditions of release shall be modified to release on recognizance and such bond money shall be refunded to the defendant or person who posted the bond.
  6. All pending charges of Failure to Appear ("FTA") in court (see § 130.180 of the Festus City Code), regardless of the status of the case, shall be dismissed by the court.  If a plea has been entered to an FTA charge, but no fine or costs have been paid, the plea shall be deemed withdrawn and the charge dismissed.  If a plea has been entered and a fine has been partially paid, the court modifies the sentence to the amount paid thus far so that such case may be finally closed.

SO ORDERED this 31st day of December 2019

The Honorable Laurence G. Schmidt, Municipal Judge from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019, City of Festus.

December 31 and December 20th, 2019 Order to Cease Operations

Advice of Rights Form for City of Festus Court

City of Festus Fine Schedule and Order from Jefferson County Circuit Court

City of Festus Recommendation Procedures