Ferguson Council approves court reforms

FERGUSON, Mo. – The Ferguson City Council approved municipal court revisions and tabled a bill that would form a citizen review board Tuesday night.

The Council approved three laws that would ensure court fine revenues stay at or below 15 percent of the city's overall revenue, repeal a "failure to appear" offense as well as eliminate administrative and other fees for towing and failure to appear.

According to NewsChannel 5 reporter Casey Nolen, Mayor James Knowles said the citizen review board bill "needs to be right the first time."

Previously, Ferguson Municipal Judge Ronald Brockmeyer signed two orders that creates a special docket for outstanding fines as well as a warrant recall program that runs between September 15 and October 15.

No word yet on what else the council will consider regarding the citizen review board.


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