As we open the Merriam Municipal Court, things to keep in mind:
- Don’t come to court if you feel sick and have COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, chills, or shortness of breath.
- Your temperature will be taken before you enter the building.
- Masks are encouraged; we will have disposable masks available upon request.
- If possible, please don’t bring any family members to court to avoid the risk of exposure.
If you have further questions, please call Merriam Municipal Court at 913-322-5540 or email staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit merriam.org/court for other municipal court information.
There are no jury trials held in Municipal Court. A judge conducts all trials under the Code of Criminal Procedure, the Code of Municipal Courts, the Kansas Rules of Evidence, and the City of Merriam Municipal Code. Merriam's Municipal Court hears nearly 800 cases each month.
The Municipal Court is not the Johnson County District Court. District Court has jurisdiction over serious criminal offenses, divorce and domestic relations, damage suits, probate and administration of estates, guardianships, conservatorships, care of the mentally ill, juvenile matters, and small claims.
Merriam City Hall
9001 W. 62nd St.
Merriam, KS. 66202
One block east of I-35 between Johnson Drive and Shawnee Mission Parkway, directly south of IKEA.
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The judge and prosecutor are only available during court hours.
Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m.
Thursdays: 2 p.m.; Judge takes the bench at 4 p.m.
You may contact Prosecutor Thomas "TC" Penland at email@example.com.
You may pay fines online, in person, by drop box, or mail. The drop box is located inside the doors to City Hall on the left. Please include your ticket with your payment. The Court accepts cash, money order, cashier's checks, and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express). You may also pay by check unless you are paying for a license reinstatement or an issued warrant.
Amended Ticket (Keeping a Ticket Off Your Record)
If you want to keep a traffic citation from showing on your driving records, you may request your ticket be amended. The prosecutor can do this as long as there wasn't an accident related to your ticket, you haven't had a ticket amended in the last 12 months in the City of Merriam, and there is a fine on your ticket.
The fee for an amended ticket is double the fine amount plus administration fees. You can get your ticket amended at the Municipal Court clerk's office at City Hall or you may email the request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Court can't accept payments if your case was sent to collections. You'll need to contact the Collection Bureau of Kansas directly at 866-858-3636.
Search Merriam Municipal Court Public Access to find your court date or balance due.
Search by Name or Date of Birth (DOB): click "Searches" (located at top left). Click on "Case Searches" and "By Party." You can search by last name, first name, or DOB. Once you've located the name you're looking for, click on the case number to the right.
Search by Citation Number: click "Searches" (located at top left). Click on "Citation Search." Enter the citation number. The citation number is located in the upper right hand of your ticket. Once you've located the citation you're looking for, click on the citation number or case number to the right.
Search by Police Case Number: click "Searches" (located at top left). Click on "Police Reference Search." Enter the case number (the format will be XX-XXXXX). Once you've located the case you're looking for, click on the police case number or court case number to the right.
If you have a warrant out of the City of Merriam or you miss a court date, the Court has walk-in dockets on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Go to the Municipal Court clerk's office at City Hall and let them know you are there for the walk-in docket and need to see the judge or prosecutor.
A defendant is allowed one continuance off the arraignment docket. The continuance may be for up to 30 days. Any continuance needed after that will have to be done in front of the judge or prosecutor at the court date.
Call 913-322-5540 to ask for a continuance or send an email request to email@example.com.
If you were charged with No Proof of Liability Insurance and you have valid insurance for the time of the traffic stop, you have 10 days to provide the proof after the date of the ticket issued.
There are several ways you can provide this proof:
In person: We will accept the information off your phone or a paper copy.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org - Please include a copy of the ticket or ticket number.
Fax: 913-322-5545 - Please also fax a copy of the ticket with proof of insurance. Make sure your phone number is included, so we can contact you if there are any questions.
The proof of insurance is sent to Topeka to be verified. This takes about 90 days. The Court will dismiss the insurance charge if your proof of insurance is verified. If your insurance is invalid, we will send you a letter with a new court date for you to appear in front of the judge.
Driver's License Questions
Call the Kansas Department of Revenue if you have any questions regarding the status of your Kansas driver's license at 785-296-3671.