Circuit Court - Public Message - Public Message

    Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, and until further order of this Court, the following persons shall not enter the Clay County Courthouse, the Clay County Juvenile Justice Building, or any Municipal Divisions in Clay County, Missouri, for any reason:
    1. Persons who have been diagnosed with* COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) infection or who reside with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 infection**;
    2. Persons who have been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital or health agency**;
    3. Persons with unexplained symptoms of acute respiratory illness, including fever, persistent cough, or shortness of breath**;
    4. Persons who, within the last 14 days, have traveled to any foreign country or to any of the following states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, or Washington state; and
    5. Persons who reside with someone who, within the last 14 days, has traveled to any foreign country or to any of the following states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, or Washington state.
    Anyone attempting to enter in violation of these protocols will be denied entry by a Court Security Officer.

    Individuals not authorized to enter the courthouse due to the above restrictions, and who have a summons or Order to appear in Court, are instructed as follows:
    1. If you are represented by an attorney, please contact your attorney;
    2. If you are not represented by an attorney, please call 816-407-3900, Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. – please have your case number, court date and court division ready;
    3. If you have been summoned for jury duty, please contact the Jury Supervisor at 816-407-3998; or
    4. If you are a witness in a hearing, please contact the attorney or party that subpoenaed you.
    All in-person Court proceedings – including all circuit, associate circuit, family, juvenile, municipal and probate court proceedings – are hereby suspended from Tuesday March 17, 2020 through Friday, May 1, 2020.

    This suspension of in-person court proceedings is subject to the following exceptions:
    1. Proceedings necessary to protect the constitutional rights of criminal defendants, including the right to a speedy trial, and the rights set forth under Section 544.676.3, RSMo.;
    2. Proceedings pursuant to Chapters 210 and 211, RSMo., pertaining to juvenile delinquency, and abuse, neglect and termination of parental rights;
    3. Proceedings pursuant to Chapter 453, RSMo., pertaining to adoption;
    4. Proceedings pursuant to Chapter 455, RSMo., concerning Orders of Protection;
    5. Proceedings related to emergency child custody orders;
    6. Proceedings related to petitions for temporary restraining orders or other forms of temporary injunctive relief;
    7. Proceedings related to emergency mental health orders;
    8. Proceedings pursuant to Chapter 475, RSMo., for emergency guardianship or conservatorship;
    9. Proceedings directly related to the COVID-19 public health emergency;
    10. Oral arguments regarding time-sensitive matters; and
    11. Other matters specifically approved by the Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court.
    This suspension of in-person court proceedings may be extended further as circumstances may warrant.

    ALL JURY TRIALS ARE HEREBY SUSPENDED THROUGH JUNE 26, 2020. If you have been summoned for jury duty during that time frame, please contact the Jury supervisor at 816-407-3998.

    THE COURTHOUSE REMAINS OPEN FOR ALL OTHER COURT-RELATED BUSINESS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
    1. Payment of fines, court costs and fees;
    2. Payment of restitution;
    3. Payment of child support;
    4. Meetings in the Clay County Prosecutor’s Office (e.g. victims, witnesses, law enforcement officers, probation officers or attorneys);
    5. Meetings with judges;
    6. Filings of criminal, civil, probate, or family court cases, including but not limited to adult and child abuse orders of protection, temporary restraining orders, and mental health-related orders;
    7. Any issue or matter involving the Public Administrator’s Office; and
    8. Individual questions regarding any court-related matter.
    Although the courthouse remains open as described above, it is strongly encouraged that those entering the courthouse be limited to only those individuals with actual court-related business, that all other adult family and friends remain outside of the building.

    Individuals with questions regarding the status of pending civil or criminal cases, including questions regarding upcoming court dates, should first refer to case.net. For additional information, individuals with pending civil or criminal cases are directed as follows:
    1. If you are represented by an attorney, please contact your attorney;
    2. If you are a victim or a witness for the State in a criminal case, please contact the Clay County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office at 816-736-8300;
    3. If you are a witness in a civil case or for the defense in a criminal case, please contact the attorney or party that subpoenaed you;
    4. If you are not represented by an attorney, or if you cannot reach your attorney, and you do not know the division to which you case is assigned, you may contact the Clay County Circuit Clerk’s Office at 816-407-3900, Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. – please have your case number ready;
    5. If you are not represented by an attorney, or if you cannot reach your attorney, and you know the division to which you case is assigned, you may contact the court clerk for that for that division directly, Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. – please have your case number ready. The phone numbers for the division court clerks are as follows:
      1. Division One: 816-407-3910;
      2. Division Two: 816-407-3920;
      3. Division Three: 816-407-3930;
      4. Division Four: 816-407-3940;
      5. Division Five: 816-407-3950;
      6. Division Six: 816-407-3960;
      7. Division Seven: 816-407-3970;
      8. Division Eight: 816-407-3980; and
      9. Division Nine: 816-407-3990.

    *For purposes of the potential exclusions as set forth above, the term “diagnosed with” means either a positive test for the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), or a presumptive positive determination made by a physician, other licensed health care provider, or by the Clay County Health Department.

    **The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) infection, which include fever, persistent cough, or shortness of breath, stay home until
    1. They are free of fever (100.4 degrees F or 37.8 degrees C or greater using an oral thermometer) for at least 72 hours (three full days) without the use of fever- reducing medications;
    2. Other symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) have improved; and
    3. It has been at least seven days since the onset of symptoms.

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