JC municipal court has seen dramatic increase in cases, revenues

Municipal Court on Wednesday nights is very crowded in the Council Chambers at Jefferson City Hall. Many people stand at the back after all the seats are taken, with others waiting in the lobby outside.

Municipal Court on Wednesday nights is very crowded in the Council Chambers at Jefferson City Hall. Many people stand at the back after all the seats are taken, with others waiting in the lobby outside. Photo by Stephen Brooks.

Jefferson City’s municipal court has increased cases and revenues in the past 20 years, but much of the money raised does not go back into the court’s budget.

Since 2004, municipal court has collected nearly $1 million per year in revenue. In the first three months of 2012, more than 2,500 cases have been filed with more than $277,000 in revenues coming in. That’s more revenue in three months than was brought into municipal court in the entirety of 1994.

But the revenue brought in three months roughly equals the municipal court’s annual budget as all court revenues are put back into the city’s general fund.

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