Everything You Need To Know About Shawnee Municipal Court
Shawnee is a city located in Johnson County, Kansas. Shawnee has a population of over 60,000 residents and is one of the larger cities in the KC metro on the Kansas side. Shawnee extends as far north as 47th street and as far south as 79th street. It shares borders with Lenexa to the south, Merriam and Overland Park to the east, Kansas City, Lake Quivira and Edwardsville to the north and De Soto to the west. Shawnee consists of a combination of moderate density city housing with some wooded and larger property homes farther west.
Shawnee Municipal Court will hear all cases that occur inside the city limits of Shawnee in which the violation charged is a city ordinance violation. City ordinance violations commonly charged in the municipal court include marijuana Possession, DUI, driving on a suspended license, theft, trespass, minor in possession of alcohol, as well as a small docket of other “code” violations. Code violations generally have to do with the maintenance and upkeep of Shawnee homes and businesses.
Shawnee is well known for its traffic enforcement especially on Shawnee Mission Parkway and Johnson Drive. The large rolling hills in west Shawnee on Johnson Drive lead to many speeding violations. Additionally, Shawnee has several big box retail stores that tend to attract a fair amount of theft, which in turn leads to a higher than average amount of shoplifting charges in the municipal court. Shawnee’s proximity to higher crime areas such as Wyandotte county cause it to have a higher percentage of cases involving marijuana than other Johnson county cities.
Shawnee’s municipal court is located essentially on the northeast corner of interstate 435 and Johnson Drive. The Shawnee municipal court is in the same building as the Shawnee Police Headquarters and in the same lot as a Shawnee Fire Station. The courthouse consists of one courtroom with seating for well over 100 people, a room inside the courtroom to house a bailiff with a fingerprinting machine, a court clerk’s office immediately south of the courtroom, a couple of attorney conference rooms, a prosecutor’s office and a restroom area. The courtroom is equipped with multimedia equipment for viewing evidence and has several video screens. The courtroom is also equipped with a direct link to the various detention facilities in Johnson County so in-custody defendant’s can be seen on video without having to be brought to the courthouse.
The address of the Shawnee Municipal Court is:
5860 Renner Rd.
Shawnee, KS 66217
Judge: Shawnee has one primary judge that hears cases in the municipal court. Shawnee has a few pro-tem judges that are available if the primary judge is unavailable but this is a rarity. All cases that are brought in the municipal court are heard by a judge only, the court does not have the ability to have cases heard in front of a jury.
The Judge in Shawnee is:
- Judge Karen Torline
Prosecutor: The part of the Shawnee City Attorney’s office that prosecutes crime in known as the city prosecutor’s office. The city prosecutor’s office is located in the Shawnee City. The city prosecutor’s office is tasked with both making charging decisions and prosecuting alleged criminal acts. City prosecutors follow the case to District Court in the case of an appeal.
The Prosecutor in Shawnee is:
- Deb Vermillion
Court Clerk: The administrative aspect of the Shawnee Municipal Court is vested in the court clerk’s office. The Court clerk’s office makes up a large part of the courthouse. The court clerk’s office keeps the court’s schedule, accepts payment on behalf of the court and performs many other tasks for the court. There are a half dozen assistant court clerks employed by the court clerk’s office.
The Court Administrator in Shawnee is:
- Bettina Jamerson
Court Security: Court security is required in the State of Kansas. Shawnee takes court security seriously and always has a bailiff present while court is in session. Court security not only regulates the public while they are attending court but performs many other vital tasks to keep the court running well, including transporting defendants, taking fingerprints if the court ordered, monitoring court patrons for warrants and generally maintaining order in the court when a judge is not present.
Appealing From The Shawnee Municipal Court
Shawnee Municipal Court only has limited power to hear a specific case and does not have the ability to provide a defendant with the protections afforded by some constitutional rights. Because of its limited power, the decision of the Shawnee Municipal Court may not be the final say on any given case. If a defendant is not happy with the decision of the court, the defendant may appeal that decision so long as it is done in a timely manner. The defendant may appeal so long as they do so within 14 days of sentencing in a municipal court. To begin this process you must file a notice of appeal with the municipal court and pay an appeal bond.
Example of a Notice to Appeal
Obtaining Discovery On A Shawnee Case
If you are accused of a crime in Shawnee you are allowed to conduct discovery in the matter. You are given the same constitutional protections as described in Brady vs. Maryland when it comes to discovery. You are allowed to view all evidence that the city intends to use against you at trial as well as all evidence the city has or can reasonably obtain that tends to prove you did not commit the offense as well. In other words, you get to see what they have before you start making decisions on your case. Like most municipal courts Shawnee has a process that a defendant must go through to receive/conduct discovery. You can request discovery by going to the police station located in the Shawnee Municipal Complex and filling out a form with the police records unit. There is a small fee to produce the evidence in any given case.
Shawnee Specific Information
Every court has their own processes and rules when it comes to certain aspects of their court. Shawnee is no different. Shawnee has certain companies that they authorize to do drug and alcohol evaluations for defendants. Shawnee has a specific provider they use for house arrest. Similarly, Shawnee has a specific agency they use for classes, CWIP programs and driving school. Below you will find Shawnee Municipal Court specific information.
Shawnee Municipal Court Approved ADSAP Providers
Shawnee Municipal Court Approved House Arrest Providers
Shawnee Municipal Court Approved Community Weekend Intervention Program Providers
Shawnee Municipal Court Approved Driving School Information
Shawnee Municipal Court Approved Providers For Theft Prevention Classes
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