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City Code violations are tried before the Municipal Court of Lake Ozark, which has original jurisdiction to hear and determine all such violations. Lake Ozark’s Municipal Court is a part of the Circuit Court and follows the rules of such court in addition to the rules of the Supreme Court.

Prosecutions for the violations of City Code are instituted by information and are based on a complaint. All proceedings shall be in accordance with the Supreme Court rules governing practice and procedure in all proceedings before the Municipal Judge.

Defendants are entitled to trial by jury, as in prosecutions before an Associate Circuit Judge. Whenever a defendant accused of a violation of City Code demands a trial by jury, the Municipal Judge shall certify the case for assignment. Except where authorized by law and requested by the defendant or his/her attorney, all issues of fact shall be tried by the Municipal Judge.

City Code violations are prosecuted by City Prosecutor Chris Rohrer.

Municipal Court Judge is Aaron Ellsworth.

Lake Ozark Municipal Court is typically held the third Monday of each month. Because of holidays or other conflicts, Municipal Court is sometimes held on the second Monday.

2023 dates are: January 26, February 23, March 23, April 17, May 15, June 12, July 17, August 21, September 18, October 16, November 13, December 18.

Municipal Court Clerk


Dawn Hernandez

3162 Bagnell Dam Blvd.
Lake Ozark, MO. 65049

Phone: (573) 365-5903
Email: [email protected]