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Notice from Christian County Clerk

Friday, February 1, 2019  
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To:       Attorneys
From:   Barbara Stillings, Christian County Circuit Clerk, 417-582-5120
Date:    February 1, 2019
Re:       Update on local rules and fees

Christian County has updated our Local Court Rules for 2019. We have begun a Family Court. There is now an additional $30.00 surcharge. A surcharge of $30.00 that is applied to the Family Services and Justice Fund is included in all of the following cases and filings: dissolutions of marriage, motions to modify dissolutions, stipulations in domestic cases, adoptions, change of name actions, and any other domestic relations cases, except actions filed pursuant to Chapter 455, RSMo. (Child and Adult abuse actions). The surcharge of $30.00 shall be deposited by the Christian County Circuit Clerk into the Family Services and Justice Fund on a monthly basis.

The new cost for filing family court cases is:
$123.50 Filing Fee
$86.50 Circuit Civil Costs=
$10.00 Basic Legal Services Fund Surcharge; 488.031 & 477.650
$45.00 Clerk Fee; COR 21.01 (a)(10)
$7.00 Court Automation Fund Fee; COR21.01 (a)(4)
15.00 Court Reporter Fee; COR 21.01 (a)(9)
$3.00 Domestic Relations Resolution Fund Surcharge; 488.635
$3.00 Sheriffs’ Retirement Fund; 488.024
$3.50 Juvenile Justice Preservation Fund surcharge; 211.435.1
$2.00 Court Surcharge or if a Family Court case $2.00 CASA Surcharge
$5.00 Law Library Cost; 488.426
$30.00 Family Services and Justice Fund

Adoption Cases
$203.50 Filing Fee
$86.50 Circuit Civil Costs=
$10.00 Basic Legal Services Fund Surcharge; 488.031 & 477.650
$45.00 Clerk Fee); COR 21.01 (a)(10)
$7.00 Court Automation Fund Fee; COR21.01 (a)(4)
$15.00 Court Reporter Fee; COR 21.01 (a)(9)
$3.00 Domestic Relations Resolution Fund Surcharge; 488.635
$3.00 Sheriffs’ Retirement Fund; 488.024
$50.00 Putative Father Registration; 453.020
$30.00 Certificate of Adoption/Processing Fee
$2.00 Postage to mail the certificate
$5.00 Law Library Cost; 488.426
$30.00 Family Services and Justice Fun

When you file new cases through e-filing you will look under family court. There is also an additional $5.00 under the filing fee for adoption cases for the Law Library cost. This should have already been included but has been missed.

The change in fees has gone into effect. I am VERY sorry for no notice. I have been working with OSCA for a couple of months now on getting this done and have had lots of issues. It wasn't until today that they could tell me everything had been changed and was ready.

Lastly, your case numbers will not change at this time. Example: 19CT-DR00001 Protection Orders will still be filed as PN, Domestic Relations that are now Family Court will still be filed as DR and Juvenile cases will still be JU.

I hope I have explained everything. Please call if you have questions.