Increased caseload creating security issues at JC court

Children stay busy with books on the lobby floor outside Jefferson City Municipal Court, held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, as adults await their turn to go before the judge.

Children stay busy with books on the lobby floor outside Jefferson City Municipal Court, held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, as adults await their turn to go before the judge. Photo by Stephen Brooks.

More cases in Jefferson City Municipal Court are bringing in more revenue, but with the added people coming through the weekly court setting comes additional difficulties on a tight budget.

As the caseload continually increases, more people can be seen trying to cram into the courtroom at City Hall or waiting outside the building on Wednesday nights.

Of that budget, $200,000 is spent on personnel. With the $100,000 left over largely marked for other court expenses, such as jail transfers, it’s been difficult for municipal court to gather the funds necessary for upgraded security measures, an aspect both the judge and prosecutor would like to see made a focus.

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