The Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, will convene court at the School of Law on Thursday, April 6.
A three-judge panel consisting of Mark Pfeiffer, ’92; Lisa White Hardwick; and Gary D. Witt, ’90, will hear oral arguments at Hulston Hall in five cases beginning at 9 a.m.
Judge Pfeiffer, the court’s chief judge, will preside over the proceedings. He 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, he said. The judges will read written arguments before the court session and may interrupt the attorneys’ arguments with questions.
The three judges will recess sometime in between arguments to step down and discuss the court system and generally explain proceedings.
The School of Law has become a regular stop for the Western District when it convenes court away from its headquarters in Kansas City. The court has jurisdiction over appeals from trial courts in 45 counties which include all of northwest Missouri and most of central Missouri.
During the past 25 years, the Court has held sessions in Chillicothe, Clinton, Columbia, Fulton, Gallatin, Huntsville, Independence, Jefferson City, Keytesville, Kirksville, Lexington, Liberty, Linneus, Macon, Marshall, Maryville, Milan, Nevada, Platte City, Richmond, St. Joseph, Savannah, Trenton, Tuscumbia and Warrensburg.
“It is important for the Court to convene oral arguments outside of Kansas City,” Judge Pfeiffer 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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State of Missouri, Appellant, vs. Gregory L. Robinson, Respondent
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