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Judge Refuses to Stop Municipal Court Fee

By: Harold Smith
Posted: Tuesday, September 03, 2013

A central Missouri judge refuses to stop collections by municipal courts of a special fee that goes into a sheriff’s retirement fund.

Local government officials, the city of Slater and the Missouri Municipal League filed suit last week, challenging the three dollar fee in municipal court cases. On Friday, a judge in Cole County declined a request for a temporary restraining order and scheduled another hearing for September 13th.

Missouri lawmakers created the retirement fund and the fee in 1983. The suit states that municipal courts were told this summer that they, too, would have to begin levying the surcharge. The lawsuit says that applying the fee in municipal courts violates parts of the Missouri Constitution on access to courts and unfunded mandates.