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Supreme Court of Missouri Seeks Public Suggestions for Improving Municipal Courts

The Supreme Court of Missouri is urging Missourians to share their ideas on how to improve the experiences citizens have in Missouri’s municipal courts. The court said it is reviewing its rules governing certain aspects of municipal court divisions in response to recent events that have raised issues about practices and procedures in municipal courts in Missouri.

Members of the public are asked to share their experiences in particular municipal courts and suggest ways through practices or procedures that might improve those experiences. Suggestions should identify the particular municipal court the person wishes to address.

Suggestions, no more than two pages in length, should be submitted via mail by Friday, May 1, 2015, to the following:

Clerk of the Supreme Court
Supreme Court of Missouri
PO Box 150
Jefferson City, MO 65102

It’s important to note the court is unable to change the result in any case that has already been decided. The court notes complaints about the outcome of any particular case should be addressed through an application for trial de novo (a new trial in the local circuit court) or appeal where applicable.

In addition, complaints or concerns that a judge or attorney has violated the rules of ethics should be directed to the appropriate authority. In the case of a municipal judge that may have violated the Code of Judicial Conduct, you should contact the Commission on Retirement, Removal and Discipline. Complaints concerning a prosecuting attorney or any attorney having violated the rules of professional conduct, you should contact the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel. Learn more about how to file a complaint and resolution programs available to the public here.

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