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St. Louis municipal court will now take partial payments online

St. Louis municipal court will now take partial payments online

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The exterior of the St. Louis City Hall as seen on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. Photo By David Carson, dcarson@post-dispatch.com

ST. LOUIS • The city's Municipal Court said Monday it will start accepting partial payments of fees and fines online, eliminating the need to show up at court to make partial payments.

After making a partial payment, a defendant will be assigned a new court date before which another payment must be made, the court said in a statement.

Before the change, defendants had to show up in person to make partial payments of fines.

Accepting partial payments online “helps ease that undue stress or burden of leaving work or needing childcare just to get to court to pay,” Administrative Judge Gordon Schweitzer said in a statement.

It is one of several changes the city's municipal court has made following the unrest after the shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014. The city previously adopted a rule to allow judges to consider a violator’s ability to pay when ordering punishment for minor traffic and municipal offenses.

And, last year, the city lifted 220,000 arrest warrants stemming from minor traffic violations.

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