Court of Appeals to Convene at Truman April 10

The Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, will convene court at Truman at 9:30 a.m. April 10 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room B.

A three-judge panel consisting of Judge Joseph Ellis, Judge Lisa White Hardwick and Judge Cynthia Martin will hear oral arguments in five cases.

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 take a break in between cases and remain after the court session to discuss the court system and generally explain proceedings.

This will be the seventh session of the Western District at Truman and the 20th time that the court has convened in Kirksville. It convenes regularly in Kansas City. Its jurisdiction is appeals from trial courts in 45 counties, including all of northwest Missouri and most of central Missouri.

Ellis will preside over the proceedings at Truman. He was appointed to the appellate bench in 1993. Prior to his appointment, he practiced law in Macon for 21 years. He served as the chief judge of the Western District from 2002 to 2004. Hardwick was appointed to the Western District in 2001. Prior to that she served as a trial judge in Jackson County and practiced law in Kansas City for 14 years. She was the court’s chief judge from 2010 to 2012. Martin was appointed to the court in 2009. Previously, she practiced law in Kansas City and Lee’s Summit. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the National Conference of Bar Examiners.