Phone: (417) 466-2471 option 3
The Civil Division of the Circuit Clerk’s office maintains all official records when the legal rights and responsibilities involving individuals or corporations are to be determined by a court. The Associate Civil division handles small claims cases for money owing up to $5,000.00, rent and possession, and civil actions up to $25,000.00. The Circuit Civil division handles lawsuits involving actions over $25,000.00 and enforcement of private rights between parties.
Individuals can also petition the Court to reinstate their driving privileges or to get a title on a vehicle. Entries of court activity can be accessed on most cases through Case.net.
Court Clerks are prohibited from giving legal advice pursuant to Supreme Court, Operating Rule 25.
A party in a civil action may choose to participate in the judicial process without legal representation and represent herself/himself in court. This is called pro se. Although it is strongly recommended that a party be represented by legal counsel, self-represented litigants have a right to access the judicial system without legal representation.