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Missouri Court Decisions

See also “Opinions and Minutes” on the Missouri judicial branch web site. A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.


Missouri Constitution and Legislation

See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  1. Constitution (Mo. Const.)
  2. Bills

    See also the Missouri General Assembly web site.
  3. Laws of Missouri (Mo. Laws)

    These are House and Senate bills signed by the governor.
  4. Missouri Revised Statutes (Mo. Rev. Stat.)
    See also uniform laws and interstate compacts.


Missouri Rules of Procedure and Practice

  1. Missouri Court Rules • Rules of Procedure
    Note: A compilation of statewide rules (such as rules of civil procedure) can be found on the Supreme Court’s web site.
  2. Local Court Rules • U.S. Court Rules
    For state circuit courts not listed here, local rules might be accessible through a page at the Missouri judicial branch web site.
  3. Rules of Practice • Judicial Rules


Missouri Administrative Law Sources

See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
  1. Regulations
    1. Missouri Code of State Regulations (Mo. Code Regs.)
    2. Missouri Register (Mo. Reg.)


Missouri Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters

Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
  • Sullivan Publications, Inc.
  • American Legal Publishing Corp.
  • Municipal Code Corp.
    1. Charters
      Note that a charter could be included in a collection of ordinances (see below) instead of being separately accessible.
    2. County Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the county. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.
    3. Municipal Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the municipality. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.
    4. Additional Resources
      St. Louis Uncompiled Ordinances


    Missouri Law-Related Periodicals

    Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all Missouri law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.

    1. Washington University Global Studies Law Review (Wash. U. Global Stud. L. Rev.)
    2. Washington University Journal of Law and Policy (Wash. U. J.L. & Pol'y)
    3. Washington University Law Review (Wash. U. L. Rev.) … Formerly (until 2006) titled Washington University Law Quarterly (through vol. 83).


    Other Missouri Commentary

    1. Secretary of State — Publications
    2. Complying With Missouri Securities Laws: A Guide for Small Businesses
    3. Investor Education Pamphlets
    4. Missouri Media Law Handbook … [Missouri Bar] — Thorough layman’s guide to defamation, invasion of privacy, journalistsí right of privacy, the Missouri sunshine law (open meetings and open records), a practical guide to sunshine law matters, obtaining information from public records, the federal Freedom of Information Act, access to government information in the computer age, recording events in Missouriís courtrooms, use of intellectual property in the media, reporterís privilege, the developing law of the internet and electronic communications, media liability insurance, eavesdropping, wiretapping and hidden cameras, negligence and incitement (when media expose others to physical danger), and media employment contracts. See also the News Reporter’s Handbook (below), which provides more basic information.

    5. News Reporter’s Handbook … [Missouri Press-Bar Commission] — Basic layman’s guide to sources of law, the court system in Missouri, the criminal case, the civil case, the juvenile courts, extraordinary remedies, sources of information, understanding court opinions, libel and privacy, the Missouri sunshine law, the courts and media, standards of conduct, judges and attorneys, and bar associations, along with a glossary.

    6. Legal Guide to Doing Business in Missouri. Armstrong Teasdale LLP. … [Lex Mundi]


    Missouri Law-Related Topical Web Sites


    Missouri Court Information

    See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, the Ballotpedia.org web site presents information about courts and judges in the state, covering both state courts and federal courts, in a Wikipedia-style format.
    1. Web Sites
      See also the web site of the Office of State Courts Administrator.


    Missouri Forms

    1. Missouri Court Forms — Jury Instructions … These are occasional orders by the Missouri Supreme Court, modifying or promulgating jury instructions (for use in both civil and criminal cases).

    2. U.S. District Court Forms
    3. Division of Taxation and Collection — Personal Tax FormsBusiness Tax Forms

    4. Secretary of State — Corporations Division Forms

    5. Business Entity Forms …[Paracorp, Inc. (Cal.)] — Convenient interface to view and print in-blank official state forms (in PDF files) for filing by business entities. A JavaScript-enabled browser is required.


    Other Missouri Resources

    1. Government-Related Web Sites

      See also the Piper Resources list of sites.
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ Vital Records — Contact Information … [Elizabeth Orsay (Ind.)]
      ¶ Workers’ Compensation — Agency Contact Information … [Robert W. McDowell / N.C. Indus. Comm’n]

    3. Bar Associations • Law-Related Organizations

      See the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for links to websites of member organizations.
    4. Law Schools • Admission to Practice • Continuing Legal Education
    5. Missouri Directory of Lawyers … [Missouri Bar]

    6. Consulate General of Canada in Chicago … Canadian consular services for Missouri residents.


    Legal Research and Assistance

    1. Law Libraries

      See also links to web sites of public law libraries and catalogs of academic law libraries, maintained by the library at Washburn University School of Law; and the LibrarySites.Info database of library web sites (“Libcat”).
    2. Missouri Bar — Public Information Brochures

    3. Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for Missouri Residents … [Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of Missouri law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in Missouri.

    4. Low-Cost Legal Aid … See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
      1. Legal Services of Missouri … This site provides a directory (“Information on the location and phone numbers of Legal Services offices as well as other organizations that may be able to provide assistance.”) as well as court forms, informational pamphlets, and legal articles.
      2. Missouri Legal Help for the Poor … [Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
      3. WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help … [WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.



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