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When Greene County was formed in 1833, a Circuit Court was established and has continued to the present day. In 1979, it became the only judicial court at the county level. It has four divisions, one of which is a probate court division. That division handles the settlement of estate matters and other matters relating to the death of an individual. There are also three associate circuit court divisions, which handle civil and criminal cases such as traffic cases, divorce, small claims cases, preliminary hearings in felony cases, and the like.
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Prior to 1979, there were at least four other courts in Greene County:
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*Common Pleas Court -- established in 1833, it had original jurisdiction in civil and criminal trials. It was abolished in 1979 by the "Court Reform and Revision Act."
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*Justices of the Peace -- established in 1807 in Missouri, and in the county at its formation; they handled minor cases, committed persons to trial in a higher court, performed marriages, etc. The office of Justice of the Peace was abolished in 1945.
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*Magistrate Courts -- established in 1946, these courts took all the duties of the Justices of the Peace. Green County has two judges from 1946 to 1971, and a thrid one from 1971 to 1979.
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*Criminal Court -- a separate criminal court for the handling of criminal cases existed from 1889 to 1909.
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A description of the many types of records of these courts is available online.
  
 
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Revision as of 00:41, 4 September 2009

 United States  > Missouri > Greene County

County Courthouse

History

Parent County

1833--Greene County was created 2 January 1833 from Crawford County. County seat: Springfield [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Greene County, Missouri published Greene County Archives Bulletins from at least 1988 to 1995. These bulletins included guides and indexes to several types of records for the county, including divorce records, Circuit Court records, naturalization records, coroner's record books, stray records, Alms House records, etc. A listing of the contents of these bulletins is available online. Most of the specific titles are included in the descriptions of the records under the appropriate record type below.

Cemeteries

Church

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Springfield

Court

When Greene County was formed in 1833, a Circuit Court was established and has continued to the present day. In 1979, it became the only judicial court at the county level. It has four divisions, one of which is a probate court division. That division handles the settlement of estate matters and other matters relating to the death of an individual. There are also three associate circuit court divisions, which handle civil and criminal cases such as traffic cases, divorce, small claims cases, preliminary hearings in felony cases, and the like.

Prior to 1979, there were at least four other courts in Greene County:

  • Common Pleas Court -- established in 1833, it had original jurisdiction in civil and criminal trials. It was abolished in 1979 by the "Court Reform and Revision Act."
  • Justices of the Peace -- established in 1807 in Missouri, and in the county at its formation; they handled minor cases, committed persons to trial in a higher court, performed marriages, etc. The office of Justice of the Peace was abolished in 1945.
  • Magistrate Courts -- established in 1946, these courts took all the duties of the Justices of the Peace. Green County has two judges from 1946 to 1971, and a thrid one from 1971 to 1979.
  • Criminal Court -- a separate criminal court for the handling of criminal cases existed from 1889 to 1909.

A description of the many types of records of these courts is available online.

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).