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Lawyer lawmakers expect court plan fight to move to citizen drive

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee told a roomful of lawyers that he expects the House next year won’t give floor time to an amendment to change the Nonpartisan Court Plan. Rep. Bryan Stevenson, R-Joplin, and other lawyer legislators ...

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Constitutional but moot

Supreme Court upholds bond requirement in child support case

The Missouri Supreme Court spent an 18-page opinion weighing the constitutionality of a statute that requires parents delinquent on their child support to post a bond before trying to modify a child custody decree. In the end, the high court ruled the statute is constitutional.

"The more we limit a judge's discretion to make decisions on a case by case basis, the bigger problems we create."

--Rep. Bryan Stevenson (pictured), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee

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Compilation of legal issues nears legislative consent

The House passed a wide-ranging judiciary bill on Wednesday that includes a controversial plan to convert drug court commissioners into associate circuit judges. But the bill’s sponsor says that provision will likely be taken out of the bill, as several ...

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Judiciary bill remains alive as session wanes

The House has passed a wide-ranging judiciary bill that includes a controversial plan to convert drug court commissioners into associate circuit judges. But the bill's sponsor says that provision will likely be taken out of the bill, as several senators have warned the section would sink the entire legislative package. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bryan Stevenson's bill is essentially a collection of smaller bills that popped up throughout the year and have been attached to an "omnibus" - or overarching - bill.

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Probate commissioners stand pat under revised legislation

Legislation to get rid of some judicial positions and move others around is undergoing changes. When the measure passed the state House, it proposed converting probate and drug court commissioners statewide into associate circuit judges. (Read “Drug courts at risk” ...

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