General Information



Court Staff Can

Court Staff Cannot

Provide legal and procedural definitions.

Give legal interpretations or procedural advice.

Cite statutes, court rules and ordinances.

Conduct legal research

Provide public case information

Disclose confidential case information.

Provide general information on court operations.

Disclose confidential, ex parte or restricted information on court operations.

Provide procedural options.

Give personal opinions.

Make general referrals.

Make subjective or biased referrals.

Provide forms and instructions.

Complete forms for parties


The best possible person to ask for legal assistance is your attorney.  If you do not have an attorney, you may contact The Missouri Bar at 573-635-4128, or  for a referral.


You may request copies of court documents in person, electronically or by mailing a request (see Copy Request Form in the forms section) to the Department of Civil Records, Copy Desk, 415 East 12th Street – Room 305, Kansas City, Missouri 64106 or to the Department of Civil Records, Copy Desk, 308 West Kansas – Suite 107, Independence, Missouri 64050. 

You will need to provide the following:

  • Style of the Case (petitioner v defendant)
  • Case Number
  • Document Description (Judgment, Motion for Continuance, etc)
  • Filing
  • Copy Fees required in advance (copies will not be made until the fees are received.)  See Fees Section for copy charge rates.



In an effort to expedite the processing of your request for a legal file to be filed with the Court of Appeals, the Civil Records Department provides you the following information to avoid delays in preparing copies for your legal file: 

  • Request must be in writing (Please allow 3 weeks processing time)
  • In your written request specify each pleading and the date the pleading was filed with the Court.
  • Copy fees are required in advance (Copies will not be made until the deposit is made).  Once the clerk has calculated the copy charges and certification costs you will be advised by phone of the deposit necessary to begin making the copies.
  • Certified copies will only be made from the originals in the official court record.