Municipal Court

The Independence Municipal Court deals with alleged violations of City ordinances committed within the City limits.

COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

As part of our continual assessment on how to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, additional measures are being implemented to protect the health of the community. Upon your attendance at your court appearance, we respectfully request you follow the following guidelines:

  • Only individuals scheduled for court, intended to be called at trial witness, attorneys, and city employees may appear in person
  • All individuals must maintain at least 6 feet of distance from each other
  • All individuals are required to wear a mask
  • You must stay home and contact the court as soon as possible by emailing municipalcourt@independenceks.gov or by calling the municipal court clerk at 620-332-2503 to schedule your virtual appearance if you and/or a household member:
    • Are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 (such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, recent loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea)
    • Have recently been exposed to anyone testing positive for COVID-19,
    • Have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and not yet cleared to discontinue isolation, 
    • Have been told by a public health official or medical professional about a potential exposure that is currently being assessed and/or told to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection, and/or 
    • Are high risk.

Proof of Insurance
If you have proof of insurance coverage as of the time your ticket was written and would like to provide it to the city prosecutor, at least three business days prior to your appearance, please email the insurance card and case number to municipalcourt@independenceks.gov.

Pay a Ticket

If all violations on your ticket have a scheduled fine amount, you may choose to pay your fines, court costs, and assessments prior to your court date. To be excused from your court appearance, you must pay the full amount of the fines, court costs, and assessments. 

Whether you are paying for your ticket prior to your court date or after you have been found guilty, you may look up your fines, court costs, and assessments online or call the Court Clerk to request the amount. Please wait three (3) business days for this information to become available.

When you choose to pay your scheduled fines, court costs, and assessments prior to your court date, you acknowledge that:

  • You are the defendant and that you are pleading guilty or no contest to the charge(s) on your ticket.
  • You will be found guilty of the charge(s).
  • You are waiving your right to a trial.
  • You are waiving your right to an attorney.

Online Payment Pay your ticket online now. Your ticket number, date of birth, and a valid email address are required. All online ticket payments include a $1.25 processing fee. You will see the full amount to be charged prior to submitting payment. 

Pay by Mail - You may send a personal check or money order (please include your ticket number in the memo) payable to the City of Independence for the total amount due to:

City of Independence
811 W. Laurel Street
Independence, KS 67301

Pay in Person - You may pay in person at the City Clerk's Office, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. We accept cash, personal check, money order, and credit or debit cards. You may also leave your payment in the 24-hour drop box located in front of City Hall. Please include your ticket number if utilizing the drop box.


Diversions

​Please contact City Prosecutor Dan Reynolds for information regarding diversions. A link to the General Diversion Policies, and Pretrial DUI Diversion Information and Application can be found in the Quick Links below.

Court Session Hours


The Municipal Court office prepares the docket for 3 regular court sessions a month:

  • First Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. - Arraignments for traffic and city code violations
  • Second Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. - Trials
  • Third Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. - Arraignments for misdemeanor criminal violations
  • Fourth Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. - As needed