§ 610.010 Definitions
§ 610.011 Liberal construction of law to be public policy
§ 610.015 Votes, how taken
§ 610.020 Notice of meetings, when required — recording of meetings to be allowed, …
§ 610.021 Closed meetings and closed records authorized when, exceptions
§ 610.022 Closed meetings, procedure and limitation — public records presumed open …
§ 610.023 Records of governmental bodies to be in care of custodian, duties — records …
§ 610.024 Public record containing exempt and nonexempt materials, nonexempt to be ..
§ 610.025 Electronic transmission of messages relating to public business, requirements
§ 610.026 Fees for copying public records, limitations — fee money remitted to whom — …
§ 610.027 Violations — remedies, procedure, penalty, purposeful violations — validity …
§ 610.028 Legal defense of members of governmental bodies, when — written policy on …
§ 610.029 Governmental agencies to provide information by electronic services, ..
§ 610.030 Injunctive relief authorized
§ 610.032 Executive agency disclosure of closed records, purpose, procedure — …
§ 610.035 State entity not to disclose Social Security number, exceptions
§ 610.100 Arrest and incident records — definitions — available to public — closed …
§ 610.103 Criminal background check completed without fee, when
§ 610.105 Effect of nolle pros — dismissal — sentence suspended on record — not …
§ 610.106 Suspended sentence prior to September 28, 1981, procedure to close records
§ 610.110 Failure to recite closed record excused — exceptions.
§ 610.115 Penalty
§ 610.120 Records to be confidential — accessible to whom, purposes.
§ 610.122 Arrest record expunged, requirements
§ 610.123 Procedure to expunge, supreme court to promulgate rules — similar to small …
§ 610.124 Destruction of arrest records — removal from all electronic files — FBI …
§ 610.125 Failure to comply with expungement order, penalty — knowingly using …
§ 610.126 Expungement does not deem arrest invalid — department of revenue may retain …
§ 610.130 Alcohol-related driving offenses, expunged from records, when — procedures, …
§ 610.131 Expungement for persons less than eighteen years of age at time of offense
§ 610.140 Expungement of certain criminal records, petition, contents, procedure — …
§ 610.145 Stolen or mistaken identity, expungement of records, procedure
§ 610.150 “911” telephone reports inaccessible, exceptions
§ 610.175 Flight log records after flight, open public records for elected members of ..
§ 610.200 Law enforcement agency log or record of suspected crimes, accidents or ..
§ 610.205 Crime scene photographs and video recordings closed records, when — …
§ 610.210 Health care coordination, certain records may be released
§ 610.225 Tax credit records and documents deemed closed records, when — request for …

Terms Used In Missouri Laws > Chapter 610 - Governmental Bodies and Records

  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Closed meeting: "closed record", or "closed vote", any meeting, record or vote closed to the public. See Missouri Laws 610.010
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Copying: if requested by a member of the public, copies provided as detailed in section Missouri Laws 610.010
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Counterclaim: A claim that a defendant makes against a plaintiff.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Devise: To gift property by will.
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • following: when used by way of reference to any section of the statutes, mean the section next preceding or next following that in which the reference is made, unless some other section is expressly designated in the reference. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Guardian: if used in a section in a context relating to property rights or obligations, means conservator of the estate as defined in Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Habeas corpus: A writ that is usually used to bring a prisoner before the court to determine the legality of his imprisonment. It may also be used to bring a person in custody before the court to give testimony, or to be prosecuted.
  • Incompetent: if used in a section in a context relating to actual occupational ability without reference to a court adjudication of incompetency, means the actual ability of a person to perform in that occupation. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • 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.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • person: may extend and be applied to bodies politic and corporate, and to partnerships and other unincorporated associations. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
  • Pro se: A Latin term meaning "on one's own behalf"; in courts, it refers to persons who present their own cases without lawyers.
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Property: includes real and personal property. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.
  • Public business: all matters which relate in any way to the performance of the public governmental body's functions or the conduct of its business. See Missouri Laws 610.010
  • Public debt: Cumulative amounts borrowed by the Treasury Department or the Federal Financing Bank from the public or from another fund or account. The public debt does not include agency debt (amounts borrowed by other agencies of the Federal Government). The total public debt is subject to a statutory limit.
  • Public governmental body: any legislative, administrative or governmental entity created by the Constitution or statutes of this state, by order or ordinance of any political subdivision or district, judicial entities when operating in an administrative capacity, or by executive order, including:

     (a)  Any body, agency, board, bureau, council, commission, committee, board of regents or board of curators or any other governing body of any institution of higher education, including a community college, which is supported in whole or in part from state funds, including but not limited to the administrative entity known as "The Curators of the University of Missouri" as established by section Missouri Laws 610.010

  • Public meeting: any meeting of a public governmental body subject to sections 610. See Missouri Laws 610.010
  • Public record: any record, whether written or electronically stored, retained by or of any public governmental body including any report, survey, memorandum, or other document or study prepared for the public governmental body by a consultant or other professional service paid for in whole or in part by public funds, including records created or maintained by private contractors under an agreement with a public governmental body or on behalf of a public governmental body. See Missouri Laws 610.010
  • Public vote: any vote, whether conducted in person, by telephone, or by any other electronic means, cast at any public meeting of any public governmental body. See Missouri Laws 610.010
  • quasi-public governmental body: means any person, corporation or partnership organized or authorized to do business in this state pursuant to the provisions of Missouri Laws 610.010
  • Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • Recess: A temporary interruption of the legislative business.
  • Restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.
  • Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • 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
  • Statute of limitations: A law that sets the time within which parties must take action to enforce their rights.
  • Summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • United States: includes such district and territories. See Missouri Laws 1.020