Municipal Court


The Ozark Municipal Court is a division of the 38th Circuit Court of Christian County, Missouri. The Ozark Municipal Court began operating in 2005. The mission of the Ozark Municipal Court is to provide for the just, fair, and expeditious resolution of cases. 


Cases that routinely come before the court include traffic offenses, stealing, common assault, and a variety of other violations of city ordinances. While this court primarily functions to hear criminal cases, the Honorable Jason Johnson also performs civil ceremonies. The Ozark Municipal Court has performed thirty-one weddings since November 2016.

Court Schedule – Please see the 2021 Calendar for specific dates. To view the 2021 Court Calendar, click here

This Municipal Court has moved into a Municipal Court Operating Phase TWO and per the Supreme Court of Missouri guidelines, masks or face coverings are still required in this phase.

Operating Order 5-5-2021 here. 

Generally, the Ozark Municipal Court will hold the following dockets:

Arraignment and Pre-Trial Conference Docket: All Tuesdays except for the last Tuesday of the month at 2:00 p.m. with check-in for court beginning at 1:30 p.m. See the court calendar for exact dates as holidays may interfere with this schedule.

  • Arraignments are a first appearance before the Municipal Judge. At an Arraignment, you may plead guilty or not guilty to the charge(s) against you. The Prosecutor will also hold Pre-Trial Conferences during this docket. A Pre-Trial Conference is a meeting between the Prosecutor and a defendant to discuss the charge(s) against the defendant. The Prosecutor’s office performs these conferences as a courtesy and should be acknowledged as such.

Trial Docket: Second Wednesday of every month at 3:00 p.m. with check-in for trial beginning at 2:45 p.m.

Important links: 

Violations Bureau: To view the list of fines, click here.   

In 2019, the Ozark Municipal Court began the transition to the state’s mandated software, Show Me Courts. During this time, all cases filed prior to April 1, 2019, will be payable through the third party vendor, nCourt. This vendor offers the defendant to pay fines & court costs on a website or by a toll free phone number. Please keep in mind that there is a 7% processing fee through this vendor. Otherwise, all cases filed after April 1, 2019, will be payable through the Show Me Courts’ payment website which can be accessed on Casenet. Any payments made through Casenet will have a variable processing fee.


Show Me Courts payment: click here.

The Ozark Municipal Court apologizes for the inconvenience concerning the Violations Bureau and asks all citizens to be patient and understanding of this matter. For all questions relating to your citation, please contact the Ozark Municipal Court at 417-582-5883.

Important Informational Documents

Your Rights in Court
Online Gavel Text