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homewavAttorneys may now conduct non-monitored, non-recorded attorney/client visits via Homewav, the jail’s video visitation provider. These will be visits that attorneys can conduct remotely with their clients by use of the attorney’s iPad, tablet, computer or other electronic device. Keep in mind that, for the time being, although the visits will not be monitored or recorded, they will not be completely private, meaning that others within the inmate’s pod that happen to be standing around may be able to overhear what is said. This is because, at this point in time, the Homewav visitation kiosks are not enclosed but, rather, a standing unit in each of the pods. If these visitations gain traction with counsel, there is a possibility that the Sheriff’s Office will look at adding additional kiosks and then also enclosing some kiosks for full privacy in the pods for the attorney-client video visitations. At this point, the goal is to add some accessibility for attorneys to contact their clients housed in our facility, particularly in the early stages of the case.

Effective immediately, the Wyandotte County Sheriff has directed that visitation by attorneys and other professionals (bondsmen, RADAC, Pretrial Services) will no longer be allowed in the visitation area which is located just outside the Central Control unit. Contact visitation will be allowed in the designated areas in each of the pods.

Requests for visitation should be directed to Collen of the Jail Administrator’s office. This protocol is being modified due to loss of one of the jail elevators, and ongoing staff issue relating to visitations being conducted outside the pods. Any questions should be directed to Jail Administration.

Thank you,

 

Hon. R. Wayne Lampson

Judge MartenKANSAS CITY, Kansas (June 8, 2016):  Chief Judge J. Thomas Marten has announced his intention to take senior status and to step down as Chief Judge of the District of Kansas, effective April 30, 2017. 

President Clinton named Judge Marten to fill a vacancy created by the departure of Judge Patrick Kelly in Wichita in October 1995; the Senate confirmed the appointment in January 1996.  He became the district’s Chief Judge in April 2014.

His successor will be appointed by the President of the United States, subject to confirmation by the United States Senate.  As the judges have no role in the appointment process, any person interested in applying for the judicial position should direct his or her inquiry to the White House, our senators and congresspersons or leaders of the political parties.

The Kansas City, Kansas Municipal Court has news to share with you. Several items are time sensitive. Please review as soon as possible.

  • The Court is in the process of filling 3-4 Judge Pro Tempore positions. Due to some recent changes and opportunities the Court must fill these spots very quickly. The deadline for applications is Thursday March 9th at 5pm.  (Download the two "Request for interest" documents here.)

  • The Court will begin the process of drafting Local, or Home Rules in April 2017. We would like to have input from practicing attorneys who routinely work in the Court. We are asking for 3-5 attorneys to serve for a period of 12 months on a Local Rules Review Committee. This Committee will review draft rule documents and provide feedback. This might include one or two group discussions, as well as, electronic document review. If you are interested please email the Court Administrator a statement of interest by Friday March 24, 2017.

  • The Court is requesting input from defense counsel regarding the general operations of the Court. We would be grateful if you would take a few minutes to complete our survey. Click the attached link to participate. The results are provided back to the Court in aggregate form and not identified by the individual respondent. We will use the results to guide future enhancements. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YD826ZY
  • The UG Legal Department is pleased to announce that beginning Tuesday March 7, 2017 traffic cases eligible for diversion can been addressed through the Prosecutor’s Office during defined business hours. 

    • Defendants may request traffic diversion in the Court on their scheduled court date OR on Tuesdays at the Municipal Prosecutor’s Office from 8:00AM – 4:00PM
    • If by counsel, the Court may require an entry of appearance at the time of diversion.
    • Defendants shall receive no more than 3 traffic diversions per year.

  • The following violations are NOT eligible for diversion;

    • Violations that occur in a construction zone,
    • Violations that occur in a school zone,
    • Violations that are more than 30 miles per hour above the posted speed limit,
    • Violations of having no proof of insurance.

  • The following violations are ONLY eligible for diversion at court:

    • Violations that occur during an accident with the appropriate insurance letter; and
    • Driving while suspended violations
       
  • Eligible Traffic Diversions granted outside of court shall be paid in full the same day to the Clerk of the Court.
  • Traffic Diversions outside of court are not allowed if the defendant’s case(s) are currently bench warranted.
  • The cost for a traffic diversion is double the fine, plus court costs.

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