Everything you need to know about Prairie Village Municipal Court
Prairie Village is a small city located in Johnson County, Kansas. Prairie Village has a population of a little over 20,000 people and is surrounded by Overland Park to the west, Fairway and Mission Hills to the north, Kansas City to the east and Leawood to the south. Prairie Village is not only small in population but also small in geographical size. Prairie Village is roughly 6 square miles in size, it extends east to west from State Line Road to Lamar in some areas and north to south from 63rd to 95th Street. It is widely regarded as a great place to live and raise a family.
Prairie Village Municipal Court will hear all cases that occur inside the city limits of Prairie Village in which the violation of law alleged is a city ordinance violation. City ordinance violations commonly charged in the municipal court include DUI, Marijuana Possession, driving on a suspended license, drug paraphernalia, theft, trespass, minor in possession, pet violations and has a small docket of other “code” violations. Code violation cases generally have to do with the maintenance and upkeep of Prairie Village homes and businesses.
Prairie Village is well known for its traffic enforcement and more specifically its DUI enforcement. Prairie Village give out a disproportionate amount of DUI charges to most other cities its size. The large number of DUI stops is attributable to Prairie Village’s location relative to the plaza and Waldo. It is very common to see patrons of Waldo pulled over on 75th Street heading home after having a few too many drinks.
Prairie Village’s municipal court is located off of 77th and Mission Road in the same complex as Shawnee Mission East High School and Santa Fe Trail Park. The court is Part of the Prairie Village/Mission Hills Municipal Complex. The complex houses the Prairie Village Police Department and the Prairie Village City Hall. The Prairie Village Courthouse consists of one large courtroom that doubles as the city council chambers, a small office with about a half dozen court clerks and a small bathroom area. The courtroom is equipped with a multimedia set up and a direct link to the various detention facilities in Johnson County so that defendants can be seen on video without having to be brought to the courthouse.
The address of the Prairie Village Municipal Court is:
7700 Mission Road
Prairie Village, KS 66208
Judge: Prairie Village has two primary judges that hear cases in the municipal court. The court has a few pro-tem or fill in judges if the regular judges are unavailable. All cases that are brought in the Prairie Village 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 Prairie Village are:
- Mary Clark
- Karen Torline
Prosecutor: The arm of the Prairie Village City Attorney’s office that prosecutes alleged crimes in known as the city prosecutor’s office. The Prairie Village city prosecutor has an office located in the courthouse but is only available to talk about cases during court hours. The Prairie Village city prosecutor is part-time and has a private law practice in Johnson County. The city prosecutor’s office is given the power to make charging decisions and prosecute alleged criminal acts. The city prosecutor follows the case to district court in the case of an appeal.
The City Prosecutor in Prairie Village is:
- Ashley Repp
Court Clerk: The administrative arm of the Prairie Village Municipal Court is entrusted to the court clerk’s office. The court clerk’s office is located directly south of the courtroom in Prairie Village. The court clerk’s office makes up a small part of the courthouse and houses about 4-6 employees of the city. The court clerk’s office keeps the court’s schedule, accepts payment on behalf of the court and performs many other essential administrative functions for the court.
The Court Clerk in Prairie Village is:
- Joyce Mundy
Court Security: Court security is required by Kansas law for all municipal courts. Prairie Village has court security in the form of a bailiff and usually at least one Prairie Village police officer. Both of these individuals are present when court is in session. Court security not only monitors the public while they are at court but also performs many other vital tasks to keep the court running well, including checking patrons into the computer when they arrive, making sure patrons get a chance to talk to the prosecutor and generally maintaining order in the court when a judge is not present.
Appealing From The Prairie Village Municipal Court
Prairie Village Municipal Court is a court of limited jurisdiction and does not have the ability to provide a defendant with the all the protections afforded by the United States Constitution. Because this court does not have the ability to provide certain protections afforded by the constitution, the decision of the Prairie Village 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.
Example of a Notice to Appeal
Obtaining Discovery On An Prairie Village Case
If you are accused of a crime in Prairie Village you are entitled to conduct discovery in the matter. You are afforded the same constitutional protections as depicted in the 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 Prairie Village has a specific process that a defendant must go through to obtain discovery. You can request discovery by going to the police station located just to the south of the courthouse (for videos) and to the court clerk’s office for police reports. For all video requests, you must bring a blank DVD and submit it with your request. If you do not bring a blank DVD the police will not give you the video. There is a small fee to produce the evidence in any given case.
Prairie Village Specific Information
Every municipal court has their own way of doing things when it comes to certain aspects of their court. Prairie Village is no different. Prairie Village has certain approved providers that they have authorized for drug and alcohol evaluations. Prairie Village has a specific provider they generally use for house arrest and CWIP programs. Below you will find Prairie Village Municipal Court specific information.
Prairie Village Municipal Court Approved ADSAP Providers
Prairie Village Municipal Court Approved House Arrest Providers
Prairie Village Municipal Court Approved Community Weekend Intervention Program Providers
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