Missouri Court of Appeals for Eastern District to Hold Docket at Southeast

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Oct. 15, 2004 – As part of its ongoing educational outreach efforts, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District will hear cases on its Southern Division docket Oct. 26 on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

Cases are scheduled to be heard at 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Robert A. Dempster Hall. The court sessions are open to the public. Three civil cases, an interlocutory and post-conviction appeal are expected to be heard.

The Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District has held dockets at Southeast on two prior occasions.

After the court session, judges will participate in a question-and-answer session with audience members and students regarding courts and the judicial system.

“We are pleased to be able to hold another docket at the University to allow students to see first-hand an appellate court in action,” said Chief Judge George W. Draper III.

Three of the five cases to be heard on the Southeast campus are on appeal from Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court and will be heard at 9:30 a.m. They are Roger Marion Ziegler vs. Director of Revenue; Mark W. Foeste vs. Charlene J. Foeste; and State of Missouri vs. Jill Marie Gibson.

Two cases will be heard beginning at 10:45 a.m. They are a case on appeal from St. Francois County Circuit Court, William H. Shy, Jr. vs. State of Missouri, and a case on appeal from Perry County Circuit Court, Janet Wengert vs. Thomas L. Meyer, Inc.

Six judges from the Court of Appeals will be participating: Chief Judge George Draper III, Judge Clifford Ahrens, Judge Kathianne Knaup Crane, Judge Glenn Norton, Judge Booker T. Shaw, and Judge Patricia L. Cohen. The judges will sit in panels of three to hear oral arguments from attorneys involved in cases appealed from trial courts in Cape Girardeau, St. Francois and Perry counties.

The Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, is the state’s largest appellate court, with offices in the Wainwright State Office Building in downtown St. Louis, and in the World Trade Center in Clayton. There are 14 judges on the court, which handles about 50 percent of the intermediate appellate caseload in Missouri. The court regularly hears cases in St. Louis, Clayton, Hannibal, Cape Girardeau and other locations in the Eastern District.

As part of its outreach efforts, the court travels its circuit, occasionally conducting its business on university campuses in the Eastern District, to give student exposure to the judicial system and how the legal system operates, and to make the Court accessible to the public.

Those attending will have the opportunity to see attorneys arguing their points of view based on briefs filed with the court prior to their appearance here Oct. 26. The Court of Appeals may uphold the lower court’s decision, alter the lower court’s decision, order a new trial or overturn the lower court’s decision.

To receive a copy of the Southern Division October docket, contact the Clerk’s office at (314) 539-4300 or visit the Court’s Web site at www.courts.mo.gov and click on “Eastern District” and then “Dockets.”