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City of Kansas City, Mo.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 10, 2011
Two major changes introduced at City’s Municipal Court
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Municipal Court, has implemented two major changes that are increasing efficiencies and enhancing service to citizens: the replacement of the court’s “Add-on Window” and the introduction of paperless parking ticket dockets. Both changes were introduced on Feb. 1, 2011.
The court’s “Add-on” window – which was situated at the Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) station – was originally created to allow citizens to add their case to the docket in any of the Municipal Court’s eight courtrooms if they missed their scheduled court appearance.
As of Feb. 1, the Add-on Window was closed and replaced with a greatly improved system that allows attorneys and defendants to add “paperless” cases to the docket in real-time in each courtroom.
“This is a faster, more efficient process,” said Court Services Manager Vanessa Williams. “Now, we can process defendants’ and attorneys’ requests for add-ons right there in the courtroom.”
The second recent change was the court’s conversion to paperless parking ticket dockets. As a result of this new procedure, court personnel will no longer need to pull the copy of the parking ticket from the file since that information already appears in the court’s computer system.
“This saves an enormous amount of time,” said Presiding Judge Katherine Bromfield Emke. “As we continue to increase our reliance on computerized information rather than paper tickets, the better we can serve the citizens of Kansas City, Mo.”
Presiding Judge Emke noted that these are only two of the many changes in work flow processes now occurring at Municipal Court in preparation of the court’s conversion to new, more technologically advanced computer software scheduled for August 2011.
“Our new software is quite sophisticated and will enable us to be nearly paperless,” she said. “The changes we are making now are paving the way for us to make a much easier adjustment to our new system in the months ahead.”
For additional information, please contact Assistant to the City Manager John Franklin at 816-513-3900.