Goodman Municipal Court

Goodman Municipal Court
203 W. Barlow St.
Goodman, Mo. 64843
Phone: 417-364-7316
Fax: 417-364-7314

To make online payments visit GoodmanMOPmts.com.

Municipal Judge – Clyde Davidson

City Attorney – Duane Cooper

Court Clerk – Karla McNorton

Goodman Municipal Court is within the McDonald County 40th Circuit, Municipal Division. Court is held on the first Tuesday of each month at 5:00pm.  Judge Clyde Davidson presides over all court proceedings.

The Goodman Municipal Court is a court of limited jurisdiction and record which, through its judges and staff, adjudicates traffic infractions and misdemeanor offenses that are alleged to have occurred within the  Goodman city limits. Judges, pursuant to applicable provisions of City Ordinance, various state laws and court rules, conduct all hearings – there are no jury trials in Municipal Court.

The main mission of the Court is to promptly and fairly adjudicate all cases filed and to enforce judgments rendered. Ancillary functions include supervising probationers, conducting alcohol and drug evaluations and drug and alcohol education programs, coordinating community service and house arrest activities, provide information to citizens about the municipal judicial process and collect fines and fees.

Court Process

When You Are Charged

A person alleged to have committed a violation of City ordinance receives a citation or complaint which is filed with the Court by the City Prosecutor.

Persons charged are typically referred to by the Court as the “accused” or the “defendant”. All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by the Prosecution.

Generally, defendants must answer to the charges filed by either acknowledging guilt and paying the citation in full, including any applicable fines, costs, and fees, or by personally appearing at the Court within the timeframe allotted. via mail, online, in person, Payment in the form of check, cashier's check, credit card, or cash is accepted via mail, GoodmanMOPmts.com, or in person. Some violations require a court appearance.

Failure to pay any citation or complaint or failure to appear by the designated court date may result in an order from the Court seeking the defendant’s arrest on a bench warrant. It may also result in the suspension of driving privileges for the accused with the State of Missouri and/or their home state if not a resident of Missouri.

Defendants who have warrants for failure to appear in Court have the right to post bond or bail to seek recall of the warrant and receive a new court date.

Mandatory Court Appearance Offenses

  • Any alcohol-related offense
  • Driving while revoked or suspended
  • Any violation resulting in an accident
  • Insurance (proof of financial responsibility)

Preparing for a Court Appearance

If a citizen who receives a citation chooses to appear in court, in lieu of paying the citation beforehand, or citizens receiving citations that have a mandatory court appearance must appear at municipal court at least ten minutes before the scheduled court time.

Persons attending court should dress appropriately. If at all possible, arrangements should be made for child care in advance. Food and drink are not allowed in the court room. All persons entering the court room are subject to search by the court bailiff. Concealed weapons are not allowed in the building.

 

Subpoenas & Warrants

Subpoenas

If a person receives a citation and pleads not guilty to the ordinance violation, their case will be set for a trial.

At that time, the defendant can subpoena any person or organization relevant to the case, that is relevant to the case.

The Prosecutor will also subpoena the victim, the police officer, or any other person relevant to the case.

These persons will appear in court to testify on behalf of the Defendant or Prosecutor.

Warrants

Any person who receives an ordinance violation citation is issued a court date. If that person fails to appear for court, pay fines, or do what the Judge has ordered them to do, a warrant will be issued.

Types of Hearings

Arraignment Dockets

These hearings are designed to advise the defendant of his or her rights, provide a reading of the charges by the judge to the defendant, and seek a plea from the defendant.
 

Trials

Every accused person has the right to a trial, but there are no jury trials in Municipal Court. All trials are presented to a judge. Trial settings are fact gathering hearings in front of a judge following established legal procedures wherein the prosecution attempts to prove its case against the defendant and the defendant is afforded his/her constitutional rights to present evidence, cross examine witnesses, and confront accusers.

Defendants have the right not to testify at trial and the right not to make any incriminating statements should they choose to testify at trial because any testimony that is given can be used against them. Only defendants or licensed attorneys representing defendants can make arguments and presentations at trial.

The judge cannot act as the legal advisor for defendants. Defendants, if they choose to present a defense, are required to present their cases within the confines of the law, court rules, and criminal procedure.

The prosecution and the defendant can present evidence, including witness testimony, but the burden of proof – beyond a reasonable doubt – is the prosecutor’s obligation to meet.

The judge will review all of the evidence presented and compare it to the applicable law(s) to reach a decision. Typically, the judgment of the court is pronounced on the day of trial, but in some rare instances the judge may take matters under advisement for determination at a later date.

Both the defendant and the prosecutor have the right to request subpoenas from the Court seeking to have witnesses compelled to appear for and present testimony during trial.

 

Sentencing

Persons found guilty by plea or at trial must be sentenced. Sentencing can occur on the date of arraignment, the date of trial, or may be scheduled for a future setting by the judge.

At sentencing, the prosecution and the defendant have the opportunity to address the judge to request the level of punishment that he or she thinks should be imposed.

Sentences can include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following: fines, fees, costs, incarceration, restitution, and/or probation. Sentence can be imposed of 1 to 90 days jail time and $1.00 to $500.00.

 

Appeals

Each defendant who is found guilty has the right to appeal his/her conviction to McDonald County Circuit Court. Appeals must be filed within ten (10) days after sentencing in the Goodman Municipal Court. A cost of $30, which must be paid by cashier's check to the Goodman Municipal Court, is charged for all appeals.