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Legislation #: 061426 Introduction Date: 12/14/2006
Type: Resolution Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS EDDY, XBARNES, BROOKS AND GLOVER
Title: Urging the presiding judges of the Municipal Court and the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri to appoint senior Municipal Court Judges or other municipal judges within the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit, or to seek the assignment of other senior or sitting judges, to act as interim municipal judges in vacant divisions of the Kansas City Municipal Court until such vacancies are filled.

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12/14/2006 Filed by the Clerk's office
12/14/2006 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 061426

 

Urging the presiding judges of the Municipal Court and the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri to appoint senior Municipal Court Judges or other municipal judges within the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit, or to seek the assignment of other senior or sitting judges, to act as interim municipal judges in vacant divisions of the Kansas City Municipal Court until such vacancies are filled.

 

WHEREAS, the Council recognizes that two divisions of the Kansas City Municipal Court remain vacant and another division may soon become vacant; and

 

WHEREAS, the Council recognizes that the number of tickets that have been docketed at certain times in some of the remaining Municipal Court divisions have resulted in lengthy waits for defendants and witnesses and the crowding of certain courtrooms; and

 

WHEREAS, the Council believes that the appointment or assignment of senior or other sitting judges to serve on an interim basis could address those concerns until the Council fills those vacancies; and

WHEREAS, Section 301(d) of the Citys Charter provides that: [T]he Council may provide for service by senior judges to assist the Court; and

 

WHEREAS, Section 479.230, RSMo, provides for a process whereby the presiding judge of the Kansas City Municipal Division can request the presiding judge of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri to appoint any other municipal judge within the circuit to act as a special interim municipal judge; and

 

WHEREAS, the presiding judge of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri may also have the authority to request the assignment by the Missouri Supreme Court of a senior or sitting judge from another judicial circuit to serve as a interim municipal judge in the Kansas City Municipal Division; and

 

WHEREAS, the Council has provided sufficient funds to the Municipal Court from which such interim municipal judges could be paid; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Council hereby urges both the presiding judge of the Kansas City Municipal Division and the presiding judge of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit of Jackson County, Missouri to take the steps necessary to identify senior or sitting judges that could be appointed or assigned to serve as special interim judges for the Kansas City Municipal Division until such time as either of these vacancies are filled or sufficient funding to pay appointed or assigned interim judges is exhausted, whichever occurs first.

 

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