Chapter 98 Courts and Attorneys
98.330 - Attorney, duties of.
It shall be the duty of the city attorney to prosecute and defend all actions originating or pending in any court in this state to which the city is a party, or in which the interests of the city are involved, and shall, generally, perform all legal services required in behalf of the city.
*98.030 - Certain cities may elect police judges — jurisdiction.
All cities and towns having a population of less than ten thousand and acting under special charters, may, by ordinance, provide for the election of police judges in such cities, who shall be elected at the municipal election, and shall, when so elected, have exclusive jurisdiction to hear and determine all offenses against the ordinances of such cities; provided, that when such police judge shall be elected, then the jurisdiction conferred on the mayor to hear and determine cases for the violation of city ordinances by the charter of such city shall be held to refer to the police judge elected under this section.
98.340 - Attorneys employed, when, how.
In any suit or action at law or in equity brought by or against the city except in prosecutions for violations of municipal ordinances, the city council may, by resolution, employ an attorney or attorneys, and pay him or them a reasonable fee therefor; provided, that any city may, by ordinance, provide for the office of city counselor and his duties and compensation.Such city counselor, when so provided for, shall represent the city in all other cases in all courts of record in this state; shall draft all ordinances and contracts and all legal forms of every kind, and give legal advice to the council and other officers of the city, and perform such other duties as shall be prescribed by ordinance or shall be ordered by the council or the mayor.In any city where there is a city counselor, the duties of the city attorney shall be such as may be prescribed by ordinance.