Public Testimony about Improving Missouri’s Municipal Courts Invited
A group formed by the Supreme Court of Missouri will hold its next hearing in St. Louis to gain public input into improving Missouri’s municipal court divisions. The hearing will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, in the ceremonial courtroom of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, located in the Old Post Office at 815 Olive St. in downtown St. Louis.
Members of the public are encouraged to testify about the current practices in Missouri’s municipal court divisions and provide thoughtful suggestions for improving those divisions. The work group is particularly interested in comments addressing the following issues:
- Propriety of judges, prosecutors and staff serving in different capacities in multiple municipal divisions;
- Consolidation of municipal divisions, including any authority of the Supreme Court to mandate consolidation;
- Use of warrants, process for setting bonds and time of incarceration; and
- Enforceability of judgments and remedies for nonpayment.
Read the court’s press release on the group’s St. Louis hearing here.
Written testimony or suggestions also can be submitted to the working group by e-mail to MunicipalWorkGroup@courts.mo.gov, by facsimile to (573) 751-7514 or by regular postal mail to Work Group Comments, Supreme Court of Missouri, PO Box 150, Jefferson City, MO 65102.
The Municipal Division Work Group is charged with reviewing all matters pertaining to the state’s municipal court divisions, with ensuring public input and with making recommendations to improve the municipal court divisions statewide in response to recent events that have raised concerns about the practices in some municipal courts.
The work group expects to hold a third public hearing in December in Kansas City. The group filed its interim report with the Supreme Court of Missouri in September and is expected to file its final report in early 2016. Click here to learn more about the Supreme Court’s Municipal Division Work Group.
It is important to note the working group is unable to consider matters pertaining to a particular case or outcome, nor are its members able to offer legal advice about how to proceed in a particular municipal division case. Complaints or concerns that a judge has violated the Code of Judicial Conduct or that a lawyer has violated the rules of professional conduct should be directed to the appropriate authority. Learn more about how to file a complaint and resolution programs available to the public here.