Your ability to get your tickets taken care of by going through the Fine Collection Center in Jefferson City has changed and appears to be causing extra work for local counties at the circuit court level.
In the past, when the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) issued tickets for traffic violations, you were allowed to simply plead guilty and send your fine to the fine collection center (a.k.a. FCC) located in Jefferson City.
But if you wanted to fight the ticket the ticket offense would be sent to the circuit court level in the county where the offense occurred.
However, there was a recent en banc ruling by the court that effectively closed down the FCC by redirecting the process of all tickets to the local prosecuting attorney’s office and circuit court.
Some judges around the state have noted that this will likely increase the workload for local officials.
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