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Last updated: November 1, 2013

Columbia is known as the Athens of Missouri for good reason: the University of Missouri defines the downtown architecturally, historically and culturally. Combine it with Columbia College and Stephens College and it’s no wonder why Columbia is one of the most highly educated cities in the country. But locals know the best part of our city is the swinging blues and jazz scene; I personally recommend The Blue Note if you’re looking for a good time in renovated downtown.

The Missouri court system is composed of three levels. The primary trial level is Circuit Court, which handles general civil and criminal matters. Circuit Court is split into specialized divisions, such as civil, criminal, juvenile, municipal, family and probate. Above the Circuit Court the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court review decisions made by Circuit Court judges. The court situation in Columbia is simple: the Boone County Courthouse handles basically everything except juvenile justice and some traffic violations.