Missouri Supreme Court assigns new judge to Ferguson Municipal court cases

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KPLR)- On Monday, the Supreme Court of Missouri transferred Judge Roy L. Richter of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, to the St. Louis County circuit court, where he will be assigned to hear all pending and future municipal division cases in Ferguson, MO.

Judge Roy L. Richter

Judge Roy L. Richter

The Court's order also authorizes Richter to implement needed reforms in Ferguson. Staff from the state courts administrator’s office will be assigned to review Ferguson municipal court practices to assist the judge in making reforms to court policies and procedures.

In a statement, the Court stated that they reason for the change was to “help restore public trust and confidence in the Ferguson municipal court division.”

This assignment was made using the Court’s authority Article V of the Missouri Constitution. It will become effective on Monday, March 16, 2015.

Ronald Brockmeyer has resigned as Ferguson Municipal Court Judge , according to his law firm.

Gov. Nixon statement on action by the Missouri Supreme Court regarding the City of Ferguson’s municipal court

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon issued the following statement on today’s action by the Missouri Supreme Court regarding the City of Ferguson’s municipal court:

“Courts are a vital part of our democracy, and our court system is built on the trust of the citizens it serves.  Today’s strong and appropriate actions by the Missouri Supreme Court are a solid step forward. I will continue to work with the Missouri Supreme Court and the legislature to ensure all municipal courts operate in the fair, transparent and accountable manner Missourians expect and deserve.”

Brockmeyer Resignation Press Release

Missouri Supreme Court Transfer Order

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