City of Hillsboro Municipal Court
101 Main Street, P.O. Box 19, Hillsboro, MO 63050
Hillsboro Municipal Court welcomes you to this webpage and encourages you to contact the Court if you do not understand any of the information on this site. Please be advised the Municipal Court Clerk cannot offer legal advice but can help you with court procedures. The City of Hillsboro Municipal Court is a division of the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, 23rd Judicial Circuit. Cases in this Court involve alleged violations of the City of Hillsboro’s Ordinances.
Municipal Judge: Colby R. Smith-Hynes
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday—
Court Sessions: Second Thursday of every month—
"Message from the Court"
You have been summoned to come to court on the date shown on your ticket.
You may plead not guilty by coming to court and a trial date will be set.
If you please guilty by mail or by coming to the Hillsboro Municipal Court to pay your fine.
If you plead guilty, you will be given a new date to pay if you cannot pay the day of court.
If you want to plead guilty, but you do not have the funds to pay your ticket, you still must come to court. You will not be arrested for not having money to pay.
If you are indigent, you may be required to complete documentation to be determined by the court as evidence of your financial status and as an aid to the court in assessing fines, costs and setting of a payment plan.
Certain traffic violations and ordinance violations may be paid prior to the court date listed on your ticket. Paying a traffic or ordinance violation is a guilty plea and points will be assessed accordingly against your driver’s license. If your traffic or ordinance violation is not listed in the Fine Schedule, you must appear in Court on your court date. Defendants 17 & under must appear in Court on all violations with a parent or guardian. If you do not want to plead guilty and pay prior to court, you must appear on your court date. You will then have the option to plead guilty, not guilty or guilty with an explanation before the Judge. Guilty pleas generally have a fine and court costs associated with them. Fines and costs are expected to be paid at your court session, or if you cannot pay, a new court date will be given for payment. Cash, personal check or money order accepted. Debit/credit will not be taken the night of court simply because there is not a terminal available in the court room. Not guilty pleas require a future trial date.
Tickets for not providing/showing proof of financial responsibility will be dismissed without court costs if the defendant had insurance on the date of the ticket on the vehicle cited on the violation. Bring the traffic ticket and insurance card to the Court in person, mail or email.
Failure to dispose of your case prior to the court date, or appear in court on the court date, or have an attorney enter their appearance on your behalf prior to the court date may result in the issuance of a warrant, in certain circumstances, or a "Show Cause Order." Failure to Appear on a "Show Cause Order" may result in the issuance of a warrant.
Failure to appear on a warrant may also result in various holds or suspensions placed against your driver's license, or liens placed against your income tax refund.
Thank you for taking the time to read this information. We hope it was informative and helpful. Should you need further help, do not hesitate to contact the court clerk or appear in court.