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Missouri Supreme Court hears arguments over municipal fine punishments

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Missouri Supreme Court hears arguments over municipal fine punishments

(KTRS) – Part of a Missouri law limiting the money cities can get from traffic fines is being challenged because it removes the jurisdiction of municipal courts when cities violate the law. The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments today on a proposal that would address abuses in municipal courts like those identified by the Department […]

Missouri Supreme Court hears arguments over municipal fine punishments

(KTRS) – Part of a Missouri law limiting the money cities can get from traffic fines is being challenged because it removes the jurisdiction of municipal courts when cities violate the law.

The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments today on a proposal that would address abuses in municipal courts like those identified by the Department of Justice’s report on Ferguson. One penalty under the current law is a loss of jurisdiction for the municipal court.

Opponents say the punishment violates the Missouri constitution,  because without municipal court jurisdiction, cities lose the ability to try violations.

The attorney general’s office argues the constitution allows the Legislature to set up guidelines for the courts and that access to a particular court is not protected.

 

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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By Colin Jeffery

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