Everything You Need To Know About Leawood Municipal Court
Leawood is a midsize city in the State of Kansas and one of the larger cities in Johnson County. Leawood covers a large geographical area extending as far north as Somerset Drive and as far south as Iron Horse Golf Course. It is bordered by Kansas City to the east, Overland Park to the west and Prairie Village to the north.
Leawood Municipal Court will hear all cases that occur inside the city limits of Leawood 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 and a small docket of other “code” violations. Code violations generally have to do with the maintenance and upkeep of Leawood residence’s homes and businesses.
Leawood has a large shopping district known as “Town Center.” This area contains many retail stores and restaurants. Due to the large concentration of retail businesses a fair amount of theft cases occur in the municipal court. Leawood has a small stretch of interstate 435 within its borders that is routinely patrolled by Leawood city officers. The large number of traffic stops produces a number of drug and DUI related charges.
Leawood’s municipal court is located off of Town Center Drive just east of Roe about four blocks. The Municipal Court is located in the same complex as the Leawood Police Department headquarters. The Courthouse consists of one large courtroom and a court clerk’s office located to the immediate west of the courtroom. The courtroom has seating for over 100 people and court takes place on more than one day each week. When you enter the courthouse on a day in which court is in session, officers are present to do a security screen. On days when court is not in session court security is not present. The court clerk’s office keeps regular business hours for individuals to resolve minor court matters. The courtroom is equipped with a multimedia set up and a direct link to the various detention facilities in Johnson County so defendants can be seen on video without having to be brought to the courthouse.
The address of the Leawood Municipal Court is:
4205 Town Center Dr.
Leawood, KS 66211
Judge: Leawood has one primary judge that hears cases in the municipal court. 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 Leawood is:
- Renee Gurney
Prosecutor: The division of the Leawood City Attorney’s office that prosecutes crimes in known as the city prosecutor’s office. The city prosecutor’s office is housed in the same building as the courthouse, however, the city prosecutor is generally only available to talk about court matters while court is in session. The city prosecutor’s office is tasked with both making charging decisions and prosecuting alleged criminal acts. The city prosecutor follows the case to District Court in the case of an appeal. Leawood currently has one full time prosecutor.
The Prosecutor in Leawood is:
- Marcy Knight
Court Clerk: The administrative tasks of the Leawood Municipal Court are left to the court clerk’s office. The Court clerk’s office makes up a large part of the first floor of the courthouse and employs about a half dozen people. The court clerk’s office keeps the court’s schedule, accepts monies on behalf of the court, schedules court dates and performs many other essential functions for the court.
The Court Administrator in Leawood is:
- Shelley Sayer
Court Security: Court security is required in all Kansas courts. Leawood takes court security very seriously and always has multiple court security personnel on duty when 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 to and from custody facilities, checking court patrons as they come in the door for weapons, monitoring court patrons for warrants, and generally maintaining order in the court when a judge is not present. While court is in session a bailiff is always present and at least one Leawood city police officer is present.
Appealing from the Leawood Municipal Court
Leawood Municipal Court is a court of limited jurisdiction and does not have the ability to provide a defendant with the protections afforded by the United State’s Constitution. Therefore, the decision of the Leawood Municipal Court is generally not the final word on any given case. If a defendant is not satisfied with the decision of the court, the defendant may appeal. The defendant has a right to appeal the municipal court’s decision so long 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 an Leawood Case
If you are charged with a law violation in Leawood you are entitled to conduct discovery in the matter. You are entitled to the same constitutional protections as depicted in Brady vs. Maryland when it comes to discovery. You are entitled 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 everything the city has. Like most municipal courts Leawood has a specific process that a defendant must go through to obtain discovery. You can request discovery by going to the police station and filling out a form with the police records unit. There is a small fee to produce the evidence in any given case.
Leawood Specific Information
Every municipal court has their own rules and processes when it comes to certain aspects of their court. Leawood is no different. Leawood has certain providers that they have authorized for drug and alcohol evaluations. Leawood has a specific provider they generally use for house arrest. Similarly, Leawood has a specific agency they utilize for CWIP programs. Below you will find Leawood Municipal Court specific information.
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