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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEIn compliance with the Office of State Courts Administrator’s “Statement on The Courts and the Coronavirus” and Governor Mike Parson’s March 13, 2020 Executive Order 20-02 declaring a state of emergency in Missouri, the Springfield Municipal Division of the 31st Judicial Circuit is modifying court operations in the interest of public health. As stated by the State Court Administrator, “The two main goals of judicial pandemic planning are: 1. Operating in a way that protects the health and safety of everyone at court facilities; and 2. Keeping Courts open to ensure justice for the people we serve.”
The plan outlined below will not impact any defendant’s liberty interests or due process rights. Simultaneously, it will eliminate the inevitable close social contact found in high-volume courts such as Springfield’s.
In support of the world-wide effort to aggressively prevent the spread of COVID-19 by limiting social contact, the court is taking the following actions:
Find court information online at https://www.springfieldmo.gov/312/Municipal-Court. For more information, please contact Court Administrators Kyle O’Dell at 417-864-1360 or Deanna Farley at 417-864-1358.