Chapter 15 MUNICIPAL COURT*
Section 15-12 Witnesses.
Summons; oral notification. It shall be the duty of the municipal judge to summon all
persons whose testimony may be deemed essential as witnesses at the trial, and to enforce their
attendance by attachment, if necessary. The fees of witnesses shall be the same as those fixed for
witnesses in trials before associate circuit judges and shall be taxed as other costs in the case.
When a trial shall be continued by a municipal judge it shall not be necessary to summon any
witnesses who may be present at the continuance; but the municipal judge shall orally notify
such witnesses as either party may require to attend before him on the day set for trial to testify
in the case, and enter the names of such witnesses on his docket, which oral notice shall be valid
as a summons.
Policeman or other officer as witness. In prosecutions before the municipal judge for
misdemeanors arising under ordinances of the city, any policeman or other executive officer shall
be a competent witness in the case but no such policeman or executive officer shall be entitled to
any witness fee in such case.
Arresting officers to attend as witnesses without summons. Officers shall attend, upon
notice, as witnesses against persons whom they have caused to be arrested, without being
summoned to do so; and, upon their failure to appear at the time of the trial, may be attached and
punished for contempt as witnesses summoned.
(Code 1964, §§ 7.085, 7.090, 7.095)
State law reference(s)--Summoning of witnesses, RSMo. § 479.160.