Missouri Court of Appeals to Host Session at Truman

For the third year in a row, the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, will convene court on the Truman campus.

A three-judge panel consisting of Judge James M. Smart, Judge Joseph M. Ellis and Judge James E. Welsh will hear oral arguments in five cases at 9 a.m. Feb. 18 in the Student Union Building Activities Room.

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 retired, or whether the trial court’s judgment should be reversed. 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 between cases and remain after the court session to discuss the court system and generally explain proceedings.

This will be the fourth court of appeals session at Truman and the 16th time the Court has convened in Kirksville. It convenes regularly in Kansas City.

The Court’s jurisdiction is appeals from trial courts in 45 counties, which includes all of northwest Missouri and most of central Missouri.

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