About the Court

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At the Municipal Court for the City of Cape Girardeau, masks are required to enter.  Do not enter the building if:

  • If you have been diagnosed with, or have had contact with, anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • If you have traveled to any foreign country within the last 30 days
  • If you have an unexplained fever, cough or shortness of breath.
  • If you have been asked to self-quarantine.
If you are scheduled on a docket you will need to follow the following rules when appearing in Court. If you have received a ticket from the Cape Girardeau Police Department and do not know your court date please check the on-line dockets or contact the Court office at (573) 339-6323.  

When you arrive at the Court, please enter the Court lobby and see the Clerk at Window #2. You will receive a number of when your case will be called. Only 15 people will be allowed in the Courtroom at a time. If you have a Court appearance, please come alone unless you are a minor. If you want someone in the courtroom with you, contact the clerk’s office to reschedule your appearance time so we can limit the number of people in Court.

You MUST practice social distancing while in the courtroom, court lobby and waiting in line outside the court. There is tape on the floor to aid with the proper distance. Seating is marked for social distancing. Masks are required while in court and if you need one, please ask the Court clerk. (The court will have a limited quantity of disposable masks.) Judicial personnel will make every effort to speak with you at a distance of at least 6 feet. If they must interact with you at a closer distance they will wear a mask.

Please know that the courtroom and lobby are being given extra cleanings. If you have concerns due to Covid-19 or are in a high risk category you may contact the Court to ask about rescheduling.

About the Court

The Municipal Court for the City of Cape Girardeau is a division of the Circuit Court of Cape Girardeau County, 32nd Judicial Circuit. Cases in Municipal Court involve alleged violations of municipal ordinances.


  • Court is in session every Tuesday and Thursday in the Courtroom at 2536 Maria Louise Lane.
  • The City Prosecutor files all cases heard in Municipal Court.
  • The Court is staffed by a part-time Municipal Judge, Court Administrator, and three court clerks. 
  • Court staff cannot give legal advice.
  • Court costs are $31.50 per case.

 Traffic Violations Bureau

  • Located in the Municipal Court Office, 2536 Maria Louise Lane.
  • Hours:  Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
  • Many citations can be paid at the violations bureau, through the mail, or online.
  • Certain citations require a court appearance. 

Courtroom Decorum & Dress

  • Attorneys and court officials shall wear appropriate professional attire while in attendance upon the Court.  
  • For male attorneys appropriate professional attire shall include a suitable coat, tie, and socks.
  • Shorts are not allowed to be worn in the courtroom.
  • Attorneys shall advise their clients and witnesses of the formalities of the Court, including attire, befitting a court appearance and seek their full cooperation thereby avoiding embarrassment to the Court and public as well.
  • Cell phone use in the courtroom is prohibited.

Information for Attorneys

All court filings are to be submitted through one of the following acceptable methods:

All filings should be copied to the City Attorney's Office.
  • Fax to 573-339-0284
  • By mail: 401 Independence Street, Cape Girardeau, MO 63703 


City of Cape Girardeau Municipal Court
2536 Maria Louise Lane
Cape Girardeau, MO  63701
573-339-6323 Phone
573-339-6308 Fax

  • 2530 Maria Louise Lane
  • 2530 Maria Louise Lane
  • 2530 Maria Louise Lane