||Thomas A. Ludwig
The Jackson Municipal Court is a division of the Circuit Court for Cape Girardeau County. We are located in City Hall in Jackson at 101 Court Street. Our office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cases in Municipal Court involve alleged violations of City laws issued by the Jackson Police Department. Court is usually held on the third Wednesday of every month starting at 12:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers. If you have received a ticket for a municipal ordinance violation, you have certain rights and responsibilities. The information on this web page is to help you understand these rights and responsibilities.
When you are given a ticket, or a summons, you are also given a court date and time to appear in Municipal Court.
- No hats or chewing gum are allowed in the Court Room.
- Proper dress (no shorts) and personal hygiene are required.
- All cell phones must be turned off.
When you appear in court, your name will be called. When your name is called, please approach the podium. The Judge will read the charge that has been filed against you. If you do not understand the charge, ask the Judge to explain it. When the Judge asks how you plead, you must say either "Guilty" or "Not Guilty". Pleas of "No Contest" are not allowed in Missouri Courts.
If you plead Guilty, you are admitting to the Judge that you have committed the charge that was filed against you. The Judge will then decide what penalty will be assessed at this time. All fines and costs are to be paid the day they are assessed.
If you plead Not Guilty, you believe you have not committed the charge that was filed against you. When you plead not guilty, the Judge will set the case for trial at a later date. You may choose to be represented by an attorney at trial or you may represent yourself at trial. If you plead not guilty and later decide to change your plea to guilty, you must reappear in court.
If a case is set for trial, the City Prosecutor will present his evidence and/or witnesses against you; then you will have a chance to present your evidences and/or witnesses and to tell your side of the story. Once he has heard all the evidence the Judge then decides if you are guilty or not guilty. If you are found guilty, the Judge will assess a punishment, considering any explanation offered by you during your evidence while also considering the seriousness of the offense. If the Judge finds you not guilty, you are free to go.
Some tickets are payable without an appearance in Court. Payment for those citations must be received by 4:00 P.M. the day before your scheduled court date. Sign the back of the ticket and present or mail it to the Court Clerk's office. If you are unsure of your fine amount, you can call the court clerk’s office at 573-204-0618.
IMPORTANT: If the ticket is not paid before your court date and you do not appear in court, a warrant for your arrest may be issued and you may be subject to additional fees.
Forms of payment accepted are Cash, Money Order, Cashier’s Check. If you wish to pay with a credit card, you may do so by logging onto trafficpayment.com. PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH THROUGH THE MAIL.