Lawrence Municipal Court nonessential dockets canceled for 2 weeks

photo by: Nick Gerik

City offices, including Municipal Court and Planning and Development Services, are pictured at 1 Riverfront Plaza, Monday, April 15, 2019.

Story updated at 3:05 p.m. Monday

All nonessential dockets in Lawrence Municipal Court have been canceled for the next two weeks, beginning immediately, the city announced Monday afternoon.

Judge Scott Miller of the court, which handles city ordinance violations including traffic and parking tickets, made the decision, the city said in a news release.

Several functions of the court will continue at its location in Riverfront Plaza, directly east of City Hall in downtown Lawrence. The daily inmate docket, daily add-on docket and a Thursday trial docket will not be affected by the cancellation. Municipal Court Manager Vicki Stanwix told the Journal-World that the judge will conduct the inmate docket each day via video connection with the Douglas County jail. She said people may still be added to the add-on docket on any weekday between 8:00 and 8:15 a.m. if they have urgent business with the court, such as a warrant.

The city said it will contact any defendants affected by the cancellation and notify them of a new court date by phone and mail. Defendants with questions can also contact the court at (785) 832-6190.

– Journal-World reporter Rochelle Valverde contributed to this report.

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