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  49.310.  County commission to erect and maintain courthouses, jails — issue bonds — certain counties authorized to maintain jails outside boundaries of county seat — courthouse with offices and court facilities, special rules. — 1.  Except as provided in sections 221.400 to 221.420 and subsection 2 of this section, the county commission in each county in this state shall erect and maintain at the established seat of justice a good and sufficient courthouse, jail and necessary fireproof buildings for the preservation of the records of the county; except that in counties having a special charter, the jail or workhouse may be located at any place within the county.  In pursuance of the authority herein delegated to the county commission, the county commission may acquire a site, construct, reconstruct, remodel, repair, maintain and equip the courthouse and jail, and in counties wherein more than one place is provided by law for holding of court, the county commission may buy and equip or acquire a site and construct a building or buildings to be used as a courthouse and jail, and may remodel, repair, maintain and equip buildings in both places.  The county commission may issue bonds as provided by the general law covering the issuance of bonds by counties for the purposes set forth in this section.  In bond elections for these purposes in counties wherein more than one place is provided by law for holding of court, a separate ballot question may be submitted covering proposed expenditures in each separate site described therein, or a single ballot question may be submitted covering proposed expenditures at more than one site, if the amount of the proposed expenditures at each of the sites is specifically set out therein.

  2.  The county commission in all counties of the fourth classification and any county of the third, second, or first classification may provide for the erection and maintenance of a good and sufficient jail or holding cell facility at a site in the county other than at the established seat of justice.

  3.  In the absence of a local agreement otherwise, for any courthouse that contains both county offices and court facilities, the presiding judge of the circuit may establish rules and procedures for court facilities and areas necessary for court-related ingress, court-related egress and other reasonable court-related usage, but the county commission shall have authority over all other areas of the courthouse.


(RSMo 1939 § 13702, A.L. 1945 p. 1399, A.L. 1965 p. 153, A.L. 1983 S.B. 219, A.L. 1994 S.B. 520, A.L. 1995 H.B. 424, A.L. 1997 S.B. 89 merged with S.B. 218, A.L. 2011 H.B. 340, A.L. 2021 H.B. 271)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 12043; 1919 § 9443; 1909 § 3664


Courthouse and jail bonds, 108.040, 108.070

Courthouse and jail to be erected, 71.300

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