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Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013 11:53 am | Updated: 4:31 pm, Mon Apr 8, 2013.

A lawsuit against the county’s new municipal court was dismissed Friday morning, according to Presiding County Commissioner John Griesheimer.

Associate Circuit Court Judge Robert D. Schollmeyer ruled completely in the county’s favor,  Griesheimer added.

The plaintiffs, a group of county residents, represented themselves in the lawsuit and contended that the county’s new municipal court was illegally created.

They argued that a bill authorizing the court violated state law.

Plaintiff Art LeBeau said that state law only allows for a bill to deal with one subject matter, and by adding the language about the municipal court, the bill had two subject matters.

LeBeau said the plaintiffs are considering an appeal to the Missouri Court of Appeals in St. Louis.

The original bill dealt with juvenile court. Griesheimer has said it made sense to add the municipal court language to that bill since it dealt with courts.

LeBeau said, “It’s the same old junk,” adding that instead of ruling on the merits of the case, the judge simply said the plaintiffs did not have grounds to sue.

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