545.780. 1. If defendant announces that he is ready for trial and files a request for a speedy trial, then the court shall set the case for trial as soon as reasonably possible thereafter.

Terms Used In Missouri Laws 545.780

  • defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • indictment: The formal charge issued by a grand jury stating that there is enough evidence that the defendant committed the crime to justify having a trial; it is used primarily for felonies.
  • prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.
  • State: when applied to any of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories, and the words "United States" includes such district and territories. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.

2. The provisions of this section shall be enforceable by mandamus. Neither the failure to comply with this section nor the state‘s failure to prosecute shall be grounds for the dismissal of the indictment or information unless the court also finds that the defendant has been denied his constitutional right to a speedy trial.

(RSMo 1939 § 4000, A.L. 1977 H.B. 241, A.L. 1984 S.B.602, A.L. 1986 H.B. 1158)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 3611; 1919 § 3954; 1909 § 5161


Trial of convict in prison on request required, when, 217.460