Preparing for Your Case at the Joplin, Missouri, Courthouse
If you’re facing a case at the Joplin court, being prepared is essential. Learn more about navigating the MO court system here from our attorneys.
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Joplin Court Hours, Addresses & Contact Info
Regardless of whether you hire an attorney, knowing how the court system works before your court appearance is essential. However, the procedures will vary slightly depending on the specific court your case is being held in. When preparing for your court appearance, make sure you note which court is hearing your case. Your attorney will have this information, but it should also be available on any documentation you received notifying you of your court date.
There are two primary courthouses in Joplin, Missouri. If you are facing charges for a traffic violation or a misdemeanor offense that occurred within the Joplin city limits, your case will most likely be seen by the Joplin Municipal Court, located at 303 E 3rd St, Joplin, MO 64801. The court is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and can be reached at (417) 627-2930.
The second court facility in Joplin is the Jasper County Courts Building, which houses the 29th Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri. Also referred to as the Jasper County Court Division South, this county courts building is located at 601 Pearl Ave, Joplin, MO 64801 and can be contacted at (417) 625-4310 Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Your hearing will likely be held here if you have a civil, juvenile, probate, or family court matter in Joplin or elsewhere in Jasper County. You may also be called to the Jasper County Courts Building if you have a criminal hearing for a misdemeanor that occurred outside a municipality or if you’ve been charged with any Jasper County, MO felony.
Confused about navigating the Joplin, Missouri court system? We are here to answer your questions.
What to Expect at the Joplin Court
Once you’re at the court, keep these tips in mind:
- When you find your courtroom, tell your name to the clerk or the court officer.
- Be prepared to state your name to the Judge.
- After you state your name, you will be asked to raise your right hand and swear to tell the truth.
- Speak loud enough so the Judge can hear you.
- Do not interrupt the Judge.
- State your responses aloud. Do not simply nod or shake your head.
- If an attorney states “objection” after you are asked a question, stop talking. Wait for the Judge to inform you if you can proceed with your answer.
- If you do not understand something, state “I do not understand” and ask the Judge to repeat themselves.
These are just the basic standards to abide by in the courtroom. If you have an attorney, he or she will advise you on what to say and how to behave so you don’t say anything self-incriminating.
When you work with Buchanan, Williams & O’Brien, you can rest assured that your case lies in good hands. Offering unrivaled experience in practice areas ranging from personal injury to criminal defense, we have the skills, resources, and reputation to expertly guide you through each step of your case and represent you at this court. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation at one of our offices in Joplin, St. Louis, and Carthage, MO, where we will evaluate your case and inform you of your options.