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What's the difference between municipal court and district court, and who determines what case goes where?

According to city prosecutor Jerry Little:

Municipal court handles only city ordinance violations within the Lawrence city limits -- such as traffic tickets and lower-level crimes, including disorderly conduct and first- or second-offense driving under the influence.

Some crimes, such as battery, could be charged in either court.

A major difference between municipal and district court is that municipal court is not a "court of record." The only record of the proceedings is in the judge's notes. Anyone convicted in municipal court who's not satisfied with the outcome can appeal to district court.


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