The Western District of the Missouri Court of Appeals normally meets in Kansas City, but also has occasional sessions elsewhere in the 45 county district.
A 3 judge panel is to meet at Gallatin April 30th to hear oral arguments in 3 cases appealed from Circuit Courts. The judges will hear attorneys argue whether the trials had errors that should cause them to be re-tried, or the trial court's judgment reversed. The judges will read written arguments before the court session, and may interrupt the attorney's arguments with questions.
The judges---Joseph Ellis, Karen Mitchell, and Gary Whitt-----will take a break between arguments, and remain after the court session to discuss the court system and generally
explain the proceedings.
1 case involves a conviction on charges of 2nd degree assault and 2 counts of armed criminal action following a jury trial. The charges were in connection with shootings at the Independence Center Shopping Mall in January of 2012 in which 2 persons were wounded. The defendant was sentenced to a total of 25 years in custody.
A separate case involves medical bills. The other case involved property and a life estate.
The Western District of the Missouri Court of Appeals is to meet April 30th at 9:30 in the Circuit Courtroom of the Daviess County Courthouse in Gallatin.