Court Policies & Procedures

Policy Updates

Updates have been made to the following policies.  Should you have any questions, contact the Court Administrator.  

Court Procedures

  1. Proceedings
  2. Cellphones/ Devices
  3. Guilty Verdict
  4. Uniform Fine
  5. Statute 302.341
  6. Request for Continuance


  1. Court will start on time
  2. When your name is called, please come and stand before the Bench.
  3. You are presumed to be innocent until you plead guilty or are found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt after a trial.
  4. You have the right to be represented by an attorney
  5. You will be informed of the charge that has been filed against you. The range of punishment in the City of Ferguson is a fine of up to $1,000 and/or a jail sentence of up to 3 months.
  6. You have the right to plead not guilty and have a trial, including a jury trial.
  7. At a trial, the City is required to prove that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt
  8. You or your attorney will have the right to question the witnesses who testify against you
  9.  You can call witnesses to testify on your behalf
  10.  You may testify if you want to, but you cannot be required to testify
  11. If you want a jury trial, the case will be certified to the Circuit Court and the trial will take place in Clayton.