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Posted on: November 24, 2020

Municipal Court Update

OZARK MUNICIPAL COURT

City of Ozark, Missouri

102 West Brick

Ozark, Missouri 65721

Honorable Jason W. Johnson

Municipal Court Judge

Fax 417-581-0695

Phone 417-582-5883

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF CHRISTIAN COUNTY, MISSOURI

OZARK MUNICIPAL DIVI SION

MUNICIPAL COURT OPERATING ORDER

Effective Date February 23, 2021

WHEREAS, in response to the Declaration of National and State Emergencies following the classification of COVID-19 as a pandemic, this Court, in conjunction with

the Supreme Court of the State of Missouri, has entered orders directing the operation of Ozark Municipal Court proceedings during the crisis; and

WHEREAS, the Supreme Court of the State of Missouri (Supreme Court) issued its order and operational directives effective August 1, 2020. This order provides

Missouri judicial circuits with "operational directives" governing a plan for normalization of court operations and supersedes all previous orders.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, effective February 23, 2021, and until further order of

this Court, that:

I) The Court has satisfied the Gateway Criteria required to move the next phase

pursuant to the Supreme Court Order.

2) Effective February 23, 2021, this Court will be in Phase One, resuming critical inperson

proceedings and limiting the occupancy rates in courtrooms and other areas in

the court facility to an occupancy rate of 10 people or less and requiring social

distancing protocols, including face mask or coverings in all public court areas and

during all court proceedings, consistent with the Supreme Court Order.

3) The Court encourages judges and court staff will be encouraged to utilize all available

technologies, including telephone or teleconferencing whenever possible to limit the

necessity of any personal appearances by defendants or attorneys.

4)    Municipal Clerk's Office employees shall be allowed to work from home as

necessary and directed by the City of Ozark pursuant to its COVID-19 policy.

5)    A court cannot proceed from Operating Phase One to Operating Phase Two until it has completed at least fourteen (14) days in Operating Phase One and performed a reevaluation of the Gateway Criteria to ensure readiness to progress.

THESE RESTRICTIONS shall remain in place until further notice. 

FOR THOSE WISHING TO MAKE PAYMENTS: No-contact payment options are provided by this court including: 

  • Online at www.courts.mo.gov/casenet (if your case does not appear please call the Municipal Court at 417-582-5883) 
  • By mailing plea of guilty form and payment in the fonns of either check or money order to I 02 West Brick, Ozark, Missouri 65721 
  • Or in person via limited contact at the Municipal Court at 20 I B East Brick Street, Ozark, Missouri, 65721

 If you have any questions regarding this Order, please contact the Ozark Municipal Court at 4 I 7-582-5883. 

Dated: February 23, 202 I

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