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Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District Convenes at UCM on Oct. 12

By Jeff Murphy, September 28, 2022


WARRENSBURG, MO – An opportunity for students and other interested individuals to see the judicial process in action, the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, will convene at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg on Oct. 12. The oral arguments will be held in the ballroom of the Elliott Student Union. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., a three-judge panel consisting of Chief Judge Gary Witt, Judge Mark Pfeiffer, and Special Judge Louis Angles will hear oral arguments in four cases. After the oral arguments, the judges will take time to discuss the court system and take general questions from the audience. Chief Judge Witt will preside over the court proceedings at UCM.

Judge Witt joined the Western District in 2010. Prior to his appointment, he served as an associate circuit judge in the 6th Judicial Circuit (Platte County). His background also includes practicing law in Platte County and service in the Missouri House of Representatives. Judge Pfeiffer was appointed to the Western District in 2009. Before his appointment to the judiciary, he practiced law in Springfield and Columbia. Judge Angles has served as an associate circuit judge of the 7th Judicial Circuit (Clay County) since 2013.

Although the court regularly convenes in Kansas City, for more than 20 years it has held dockets in several of the 45 counties in its jurisdiction. This includes all of northwest Missouri and most of central Missouri. By hearing oral arguments outside of Kansas City. the court provides individuals an opportunity to observe a part of the judicial system they normally do not see and to familiarize those attending with the court's role in the judicial system. UCM has been a host site for such opportunities for many years, enabling students, faculty, staff and others to learn more about the appeals process and to interact with judges who hear court cases through question and answer sessions.  

For more information, contact Kimberly L. Boeding, clerk of the court Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, at 816-889-3600.


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