Everything You Need To Know About Overland Park Municipal Court
Overland Park is the second largest city in the State of Kansas and the largest city in Johnson County. Overland Park covers a large geographical area extending as far north as 47th Street and as far south as 199th street. It is bordered by Kansas City, Lenexa, Prairie Village, Leawood, Roeland Park, Mission, Merriam, Shawnee, Loch Lloyd, Stilwell, and Olathe.
Overland Park Municipal Court will hear all cases that occur inside the city limits of Overland Park 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, telephone harassment, theft, trespass, Minor in Possession and pet violations. Overland Park also has a large docket of other “code” violations. Code violations generally have to do with the maintenance and upkeep of Overland Park residence’s homes and businesses.
Overland Park has many retail stores and retail shopping districts including the Oak Park Mall. Due to the large number of retail businesses a fair amount of theft cases occur in the municipal court. Similarly, Overland Park has a number of bar and entertainment areas that tend to produce a fair amount of alcohol, drug and DUI related charges.
Overland Park’s municipal court is located one block east of Blue Valley Parkway, off of 123rd and Foster Street in south central Overland Park. The court encompasses the majority of the Sanders Justice Center. The Court is attached to the Overland Park Police Headquarters. The Courthouse consists of two courtrooms that depending on the day and time can be in contemporaneous use. Courtroom A is the larger of the two courtrooms and contains many seats for the public. Courtroom A is equipped with multimedia equipment for viewing evidence and has several video screens. Courtroom B is the smaller courtroom and has limited seating for the public. Courtroom B 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 Overland Park Municipal Court is:
12400 Foster Street
Overland Park, KS 66213
Judge: Overland Park has two primary judges that hear cases in the municipal court. Overland Park has several pro-tem judges that are available if the two primary judges are unavailable. 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 Judges in Overland Park are:
- Judge Ryan Dixon (Presiding)
- Judge Cindy Cornwell
Prosecutor: The arm of the Overland Park City Attorney’s office that prosecutes crime in known as the city prosecutor’s office. The city prosecutor’s office is housed in the Sanders Justice Center on the second floor of the courthouse. 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. Overland Park currently has three full-time prosecutors and one part-time prosecutor.
The Chief Prosecutor in Overland Park is:
- Melissa Ruttan
Court Clerk: The administrative arm of the Overland Park Municipal Court is vested in the court clerk’s office. The Court clerk’s office makes up a large part of the first floor of the courthouse. The court clerk’s office keeps the court’s schedule, accepts monies on behalf of the court, schedules meetings for the probation office and performs many other essential functions for the court. There are well over a dozen assistant court clerks employed by the court clerk’s office.
The Court Administrator in Overland Park is:
- Mary Moss
Court Security: Court security is required by Kansas law. Overland Park takes court security very seriously and always has multiple court security personnel on duty. 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, running criminal back ground checks, monitoring court patrons for warrants, checking defendants into probation and processing and generally maintaining order in the court when a judge is not present.
The Head of Court Security in Overland Park is:
- Michelle Bregel
Appealing From The Overland Park Municipal Court
Overland Park Municipal Court is a court of limited jurisdiction and does not have the ability to provide a defendant with the protections afforded by some constitutional rights. Therefore, the decision of the Overland Park Municipal Court may not be the final word on any given case. If a defendant is not happy 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.
Obtaining Discovery On An Overland Park Case
If you are accused of a crime in Overland Park you are entitled to conduct discovery in the matter. You are afforded 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. Like most municipal courts Overland Park has a specific process that a defendant must go through to obtain discovery. You can request discovery by going to the police station located in the Sanders Justice Center and filling out a form with the police records unit. There is a small fee to produce the evidence in any given case.
Overland Park Specific Information
Every municipal court has their own rules and processes when it comes to certain aspects of their court. Overland Park is no different. Overland Park has certain providers that they have authorized for drug and alcohol evaluations. Overland Park has a specific provider they generally use for house arrest. Similarly, Overland Park has a specific agency they use for anti-theft classes, anti-prostitution classes, CWIP programs and driving school. Below you will find Overland Park Municipal Court specific information.
Overland Park Municipal Court Approved ADSAP Providers
Overland Park Municipal Court Approved House Arrest Providers
Overland Park Prostitution and Sexual Offense Program Providers
Overland Park Municipal Court Approved Anti-Theft Class Providers
Overland Park Municipal Court Approved Driving School Information
Overland Park Municipal Court Approved Community Weekend Intervention Program Providers
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