Municipal Court

Location: Administrative Judge: Hours: Contact:
City Hall
701 N St, Suite 232
Kansas City, KS
66101
Judge Maurice Ryan Monday - Friday
8:00AM - 5:00PM
P: (913) 573-5200 F: (913) 573-5210 E: Email
Court Process

Dress Code - Appropriate Attire Required in Courtroom

In order to maintain order and uphold the dignity and decorum of the judicial branch of our government, rules of conduct and dress for litigants, counsel, witnesses, court staff and spectators will ensure that persons in the courtroom do not obstruct or interfere with the orderly transaction of court business nor degrade or insult the dignity of the judicial proceedings, judicial officers, witnesses and others in the courtroom. Shirts and shoes must be worn in the courtroom, and prohibited attire includes: 
  • heavily soiled work clothing
  • bare-midriff outfits, shorts, cut-offs, halter tops
  • tank tops, undershirts, see-through blouses
  • bathing suits, lingerie
  • athletic uniforms, hats, helmets
  • theatrical costumes, face-paint 
  • clothing emblazoned with obscene words, images, or messages contemptuous or disrespectful of the judicial process

Security Screening

All persons entering City Hall will go through security and weapons screening.  All purses, briefcases, shopping bags and any carry-in items will be checked by a security guard. Individuals will be screened utilizing a walk-through and/or hand-held metal detector.

The following items are not allowed in the courtroom:
  • Firearms (not allowed in county office buildings or courthouses)
  • Knives, contraband, and all weapons of opportunity
  • iPods, radios, audio or video recorders, cameras
  • Food or drink
  • Other items that could pose a risk or threat to safety of others, or be disruptive

Cells phones shall be TURNED OFF prior to entering the courtroom.

Note:  Persons possessing items not permitted in the courtroom will be refused admittance.
Your Rights in This Municipal Court

Note: This Information is provided as a courtesy of the Kansas City, KS Municipal Court and should not be construed as legal advice.

This information has been prepared to help you understand the court proceedings and to inform you of your rights and duties. Every person should leave this Court assured that he/she has had the free and unfettered right to take advantage of all the due processes of law, up to and including a fair and impartial trial or hearing.

Many plead guilty and pay fines and costs outside of court through the Violations Bureau or after a plea before the Court. Every accused has the right to an impartial Judge-tried case in this Court. Due process includes:
  • The right to retain an attorney
  • The right to trial by Judge
  • The right to remain silent
  • The right to cross-examine witnesses
  • The right to compel witnesses to appear for you
  • The right to appeal from an adverse judgment to the District Court after bench trial (trial de novo)
The Court does not pre-judge cases, but views the accused as a fellow citizen who has been accused or charged with a violation of law and entitled to full protection of law as referenced above. Although the Court has a duty to administer justice, it is also obliged to treat each person coming before it with dignity, courtesy and respect.

Criminal Cases: it is not the burden of the accused to prove that he/she is not guilty; rather, it is the burden of the city prosecutor to prove "beyond reasonable doubt" that the defendant is "guilty." The Court must make this determination based on the evidence presented at trial and on the relevant ordinances, statutes, rules and case law. Absent such finding, or a plea of guilty, the defendant is deemed "not guilty."

The maximum fine and sentence for a single offense is $2,500 and/or (1) year in jail. Fines may be paid immediately or in installments. If you do not pay the fine immediately, additional court costs may be assessed.  Payments are accepted by cash, debit/credit card, money order or cashier's check.

Many traffic offenses carry with conviction, assessment of points against driver’s licenses, and accumulation of multiple points will jeopardize driving privileges. For residents of other states, a record of any assessment of points from convictions in Kansas is forwarded to the home state under the Interstate Non-Resident Compact Law. Conferring with legal counsel before entering a plea of any charge before the Court is encouraged.

The Court has a duty to protect and preserve its judicial function and institutional dignity; persons appearing before the Court are expected to present themselves respectfully for Court. Gentlemen should remove hats when entering the Courtroom, no eating, drinking or smoking in the Courtroom nor talking during the Court session. All cell phones and pagers must be turned off or "silenced."

At each call of the docket, the judge will identify by groups that should get in line. The violation(s) of which you are accused will be read at that time, and you should plead "Guilty" or "Not Guilty." Your choice to plead "Guilty" or "Not Guilty" is an important decision. Please read the following explanations before entering your plea. If you decide to seek the services of an attorney, you should promptly inform the Court to enable the Judge to take your situation into consideration in scheduling your trial or plea.


Plea of Guilty
Plea of Not Guilty
Plea of Contest
The Trial
Presenting The Case
The Verdict
Fines
Court Costs
Right To Appeal