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Public invited to share thoughts on state’s juvenile justice system

The Supreme Court of Missouri’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness has announced that it will hold a series of feedback sessions this summer to gain the public’s input into Missouri’s juvenile justice system. Community forums are being planned for Cape Girardeau, Kansas City, St. Louis and Springfield, with the first session scheduled for Saturday,

Free Legal Hotline Available to Missourians Impacted by Floods

Call 1(800)829-4128 to Reach Volunteer Lawyers Ready to Help Those Hit by Recent and Current Floods Missouri residents and businesses impacted by recent and current devastating floods across Missouri now have access to free legal services through The Missouri Bar’s Disaster Recovery Legal Assistance Hotline. The Missouri Bar activates its Disaster Recovery Legal Assistance Hotline following

Governor signs bar-drafted, criminal-record-sealing bill into law

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon today signed into law Senate Bill 588—legislation that will make it easier for rehabilitated, former offenders to petition the court to close criminal records to the public. Supporters believe the update will help convicted individuals who have completed their sentence  get jobs. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, was

Close of legislative session sends bar-drafted bills to the governor

As the 2016 Missouri legislative session came to a close May 13, several bills drafted and sponsored by The Missouri Bar made it one step closer to becoming law. This year, 10 of the 12 proposals sponsored by The Missouri Bar were approved by the General Assembly. A condensed summary of successful bar-sponsored bills follows.

Missouri Legislature sends bar-drafted, criminal-record-sealing bill to governor

Some previously convicted individuals are one step closer to having their criminal records sealed after completion of a sentence thanks to bar-drafted legislation the Missouri Legislature passed Wednesday. The measure, SB 588, passed the House by a vote of 143-12 and the Senate voted 25-7 in favor, sending the bill to the governor for consideration.

Missouri judiciary rolls out case-tracking feature on Case.net

In response to requests from users of Case.net, the Missouri judiciary has launched Track This Case, an email-based function that allows visitors to receive messages when changes in docket activity occur in a particular case. The Case.net website allows the public to view case records, including docket entries, parties, judgements and charges in public court.

Work group releases report on municipal courts

The Supreme Court of Missouri today received a final report of the Municipal Division Work Group, which addresses: Ø  potential conflicts of interest regarding judges and attorneys serving in multiple roles in the municipal courts; Ø  issues relating to warrants, incarceration, pre-existing warrants and bonds; Ø  issues relating to enforceability of municipal court judgments and

Hiring a lawyer for limited scope representation

Hiring a lawyer for limited scope representation by Kathleen Bird Limited scope representation is an option when you are confident that you can manage a legal matter with a lawyer performing only tasks requiring legal knowledge and discretion. The lawyer performs specific legal work in your matter, and tasks that do not require a lawyer’s

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