All City Code violations are tried before the Municipal Court of Osage Beach, which has original jurisdiction to hear and determine all such violations. Osage Beach's Municipal Court is a part of the Circuit Court and follows the rules of such court in addition to the rules of the Supreme Court.
Prosecutions for the violations of City Code are instituted by information and are based on a complaint. All proceedings shall be in accordance with the Supreme Court rules governing practice and procedure in all proceedings before the Municipal Judge.
Defendants are entitled to trial by jury, as in prosecutions before an Associate Circuit Judge. Whenever a defendant accused of a violation of City Code demands a trial by jury, the Municipal Judge shall certify the case for assignment. Except where authorized by law and requested by the defendant or his/her attorney, all issues of fact shall be tried by the Municipal Judge.
The Municipal Judge is appointed by the Mayor, with consent of the Board of Aldermen, who holds office for a term of two (2) years beginning July 1 of each even numbered year.
The Municipal Judge is a licensed attorney who does not office within the City of Osage Beach. The judge is the conservator of peace and administers oaths and enforces due obedience to all orders, rules, and judgments, and by fine or imprisonment for contempt of court, in the same manner and to the same extent as a Circuit Judge.
Office of the Municipal Court Clerk
The Office of the Municipal Court Clerk is under the supervision of the Municipal Judge and the Office of the City Clerk. The Office of the Municipal Court consists of the Municipal Court Clerk and the Deputy Court Clerk, who serves as the Municipal Court Clerk in his/her absence.
The office is responsible for collecting and administering all fines, court costs, and bail monies assessed by the Municipal Judge. The office prepares,signs, and/or issues warrants and subpoenas, and other duties as provided for by City Code, rules of practice and procedure adopted by the Municipal Judge, and as provided for by the Missouri Rules and Practice and Procedure in the Municipal and Traffic Courts.
The City Attorney serves as the City Prosecutor and prosecutes misdemeanors and infractions of any provision of the City Code, regulation of the City, and/or any permits or entitlements authorized or issued by the City within the city limits.
Refer to the Office of the City Attorney for more contact and detailed information.