There are several things that may happen on the hearing date. It depends on the circumstances of your case. Possibilities include: continuance, dismissed by petitioner, a hearing held, the respondent consenting to the order, a full order being granted or denied. You do not have to have an attorney for this procedure. If you would like to speak to an advocate prior to your court date or would like one present on your court date you can call the Belton Police Department Victim Services Unit at 816.348.4430 for Cass County or Hope House at 461-4673 for Jackson County.
Items to consider during the court hearing
- Dress Appropriately-No Shorts or Tank Tops
- Try to find a sitter for children. Persons under 17 are not allowed inside the court room.
- Arrive a little early. If you are late the case may be dismissed.