Supreme Court to hold municipal courts hearing


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Echoing promises from the last State of the Judiciary, the Missouri Supreme Court will be inviting public input on improving municipal court divisions. A public hearing is scheduled for Friday evening in Springfield.

The court says they will welcome time-limited public testimony related to current practices in municipal court divisions and “thoughtful suggestions” for improving the divisions.

The hearing announcement comes months after Gov. Jay Nixon signed SB 5, sponsored by Sen. Eric Schmitt, which reformed municipal courts – limiting the amount of revenue municipalities can generate from tickets.

In addition to the hearing, written comments to the work group can be sent by e-mail to, by facsimile to (573) 751-7514 or by regular postal mail to Work Group Comments, Supreme Court of Missouri, Post Office Box 150, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102.

The hearing will be Friday, September 25, 2015, at the Plaster Student Union on the Missouri State University campus, 1110 East Madison Street, Springfield, Missouri 65897 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The proceedings will be recorded by a court reporter.

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Rachael Herndon is the editor at The Missouri Times, and also produces This Week in Missouri Politics, publishes Missouri Times Magazine, and co-hosts the #moleg podcast. She joined the Missouri Times in 2014, returning to political reporting after working as a campaign and legislative staffer. Rachael studied at the University of Missouri - Columbia. She lives in Jefferson City with her husband, Brandon, and their two children. To contact Rachael, email, or via Twitter @TheRachDunn.