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Open Courts Committee

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Laird Hetlage served on a Committee to review concerns regarding the openness of municipal courts in St. Louis County.

  The concerns were raised by members of the faculty of the St. Louis University School of Law, including former Missouri Supreme Court Judge, Michael Wolff.  The Committee reviewed the concerns and surveyed the municipal courts of St. Louis County, researched the applicable constitutional, statutory and case law, and made recommendations to the Presiding Judge of the St. Louis County Circuit Court.  The Committee's efforts resulted in many courts' adoption of an administrative rule  establishing procedures to assure the courts  are open to all litigants, the press and interested citizens.