exterior building

11911 Dorsett Road

Maryland Heights, MO 63043

Court Administrator: Gerald Durfee
Municipal Judge: Kevin R. Kelly

Please check the link to the left marked Municipal Court Protocols.  We will be updating and adding information regarding court procedures that have been affected by COVID.

St. Louis county courts will reopen in phases.  In-person settings are to resume when the court enters Phase 3.  Currently the St. Louis County Court is at Phase ONE.

Maryland Heights Court in-person sessions have been cancelled through July 22nd.  You may receive notice of video conference setting or you may receive notice of continuance.


Welcome to the Maryland Heights Municipal Court. I would like to thank you for visiting our website. The website gives information for the most commonly asked questions about the Court and our office. If you can't find your answers here, please contact our office.

As your court administrator, I am committed to providing you with the highest quality of customer service possible. My office is comprised of three court clerks and myself; we are located within the Maryland Heights Government Center at 11911 Dorsett Road. If you have any questions about your ticket, court summons or fine amount, please contact us. Our telephone number is (314) 291-6036 and our email is court@marylandheights.com. 

It is our desire to help you as much as possible. However, we cannot give legal advice. Thanks for visiting us.

Gerry Durfee
Municipal Court Administrator
(314) 291-6036

What is the Municipal Court?

The Municipal Court provides professional and efficient management of the City's judicial branch of government. The Judge is appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the City Council, and serves on a part-time basis. The Court tries matters such as violations of traffic code, maintenance code and other ordinances.

In order to provide for the efficient collection of fines and costs assessed by the municipal court, the City has established the Violation Bureau. The Court Administrator operates this bureau and administers the day-to-day record keeping functions of the court.


What are the policies of the Municipal Court?

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  • If you received a ticket, you are summoned to appear in court.
  • Unless you have pre-paid your ticket fine, you must appear in court on the date shown on your ticket.
    • Clerks have the authority to grant one continuance by phone, but unless you have made that arrangement, you are summoned to appear in court on the date shown on your ticket.
  • You may enter three different pleas:
    • Guilty
    • Guilty with an explanation, or
    • Not Guilty 
  • You may enter a guilty plea and address the charges in one of three ways:
    • For most charges, you may plead guilty and pay the fine by mail.
    • Coming to the Court/Violations Bureau window during normal business
      hours (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) to enter your plea and pay the fine.
    • Coming to the Court on court night.
  • If you plead guilty at court, you will be given a future payment due date if you cannot pay on the day of court.
  • If you prefer to plead guilty, but you do not have the funds to pay your ticket, you must come to court on the court date shown on your ticket. You will be given a future date to pay in full. You will not be arrested for not having the necessary funds to pay your fine. 
  • If you do not come to court when summoned to do so, you are subject to a warrant being issued for your arrest.
What is the Municipal Court Date Schedule?

Court dates and trial docket dates are set in general as the following (although the schedule may change to accommodate holidays or other conflicts):

• Sentencing dockets are held on the second Monday of the month.
• Code enforcement dockets are held on the first Thursday of the month.
• Trials are held on the fourth Monday of the month.
• Traffic court and ordinance violations are generally held on the second and fourth Thursday of the month.

The Violations Bureau is open for payments from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. On court dates, payments are accepted until noon.

Contact Us
Anyone with questions concerning the Municipal Court may contact the Court Administrator at court@marylandheights.com or call (314) 291-6036