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Short court slows down

Missouri’s Court of Appeals Western District is supposed to have 11 people donning black robes and meting out justice. These days, it’s limping along with eight. The three-judge shortfall appears to have an impact. Data show the court has heard almost a third fewer cases and issued 22 percent fewer rulings compared to a year ago. But so far, lawyers don’t seem to be complaining. At the same time, the state court system has implemented a general hiring freeze on courthouse employees and postponed computer equipment upgrades to keep the books in balance through June.

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County probate division will come under circuit clerk

In an effort to improve efficiency and reduce redundancy, the St. Louis County Circuit Court's probate division will become part of the circuit clerk's office on Friday. The change means Circuit Clerk Joan Gilmer, instead of Probate Judge Gary Gaertner Jr. (pictured), will have the authority to hire and fire the clerks in the probate division. The Circuit Court Budget Committee of the Missouri Supreme Court has been pushing for consolidation of probate clerks and circuit clerks for about 13 years, said Greg Linhares, state court administrator.

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