For the seventh consecutive year, the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, will convene court at William Jewell College.
The Court will hear oral arguments beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, in Room 221 of the Yates-Gill College Union.
A three-judge panel consisting of Western District judges Cindy Martin and Gary Witt and Missouri Supreme Court judge Zel Fischer will sit on the four cases on the docket. Martin will serve as presiding judge. All three judges are William Jewell graduates — Martin in 1981, Fischer in 1985 and Witt in 1987. In addition, Fischer teaches a course — American Jurisprudence — at Jewell during the fall semester.
The cases are appeals from previously held trials in area circuit courts. The judges will hear attorneys argue whether the trials had errors, which could cause them to be retried or the trial court’s judgment reversed. The judges will read written arguments before the court session, he added, and may interrupt the attorneys’ arguments with questions.
The judges will take a break between cases to answer questions about the court system in Missouri, especially the appellate courts.
Although the Court convenes regularly at its downtown Kansas City courthouse, it also convenes frequently in other locations within the Western District. The Western District consists of 45 counties in central and western Missouri.
“It is important for the Court to convene oral arguments outside our courthouse in Kansas City,” Martin 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.”