Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, to hold court at Missouri Boys and Girls State

31 May 2011


Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, to hold court at Missouri Boys and Girls State


KANSAS CITY, Mo. --The Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, will convene court at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo., on Tuesday, June 14 and  Monday, June 20, 2011, Chief Judge Lisa White Hardwick announced today. The June 14 session will be held in conjunction with Missouri Boys State and will take place at Hendricks Hall on the Central Missouri campus beginning at 1:30 p.m. The June 20 session will be held in conjunction with Missouri Girls State and also will take place at Hendricks Hall beginning at 2:30 p.m.

A three-judge panel consisting of Western District Judges James Smart and James Welsh and Supreme Court of Missouri Judge Zel M. Fischer will hear oral argument at the Missouri Boys State session. A second three-judge panel consisting of Hardwick and Western District Judges Karen King Mitchell and Judge Cynthia L. Martin will hear oral argument at the Missouri Girls State session.

Hardwick explained that the cases are appeals from previously held trials in area circuit courts. The judges will hear attorneys argue whether the trials had errors which should cause them to be retried, or the trial court's judgment reversed, she said. The judges will read written arguments before the court session, she added, and may interrupt the attorneys’ arguments with questions.

Missouri Boys State is sponsored by the American Legion, and Missouri Girls State is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. They exist to teach the fundamentals of citizenship, government and politics to the brightest high school juniors in the state. Participants learn first hand the inner workings of the three branches of state government—the executive, the legislative and the judicial.

The upcoming sessions will be the sixth consecutive appearances of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, at Boys and Girls State. The Court convenes regularly in Kansas City. However, during the past 19 years, the Court also has held sessions in Chillicothe, Clinton, Columbia, Fulton, Gallatin, Huntsville, Independence, Jefferson City, Kirksville, Lexington, Liberty, Linneus, Macon, Marshall, Maryville, Moberly, Nevada, Platte City, Richmond, Saint Joseph, Savannah, Trenton, Tuscumbia and Warrensburg.

"It is important for the Court to convene oral arguments outside of Kansas City," Hardwick said. "This gives individuals an opportunity to observe a part of the judicial system they normally do not see. We hope those attending will gain a better understanding of the Court's function.


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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Terence G. Lord, Clerk of Court
Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District
(816) 889-3600   Fax (816) 889-3668  e-mail tlord@courts.mo.gov