A ruling on how Kansas City’s judges run their courts

A report takes the temperature on the Kansas City municipal court system.

Op-Ed (Missouri)

Mary Sanchez
Kansas City Star
July 7, 2015
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Tags: Access to Justice, Courts

Organizations mentioned/involved: National Center for State Courts (NCSC), Legal Aid of Western Missouri


The judges asked for it. And now Kansas City’s Municipal Court has received its ruling.

The court could become more efficient, serving the public better, if practices were more standardized and courtrooms operated less like silo operations, a creation of each judge’s individualized style, said the report by the National Center for State Courts.

“Of those interviewed, both judges and staff commented on the lack of structure concerning the development and implementation and interpretation of new and existing policies and procedures,” the report said.