Parking & Transit, a Division of Campus Operations

University of Kansas Court of Parking Appeals

The University of Kansas Court of Parking Appeals, also known as Traffic Court, is a law-student run organization that tries and hears appeals from parking citations on campus. The Court has jurisdiction to hear any contest of a citation issued by KU Parking and Transit for a violation of the KU Parking Regulations.

Structure

Initially all appeals are reviewed by Traffic Court officers. These officers vote on whether to uphold the citation, dismiss the citation, or pull the citation to be tried by law students. This initial review process is called the "ex parte" review.

Cases that are pulled to be tried by law students go through an "in personam," or "IP," hearing. Law students, typically first year students, sign up to either represent the person appealing the citation or the University. The attorneys prepare for the IP hearing by communicating with their client, going through the en banc case law, and creating an evidence packet. Attorneys then present their case in front of a three-judge panel, also composed of law students. These judges are typically second and third year students. This panel will then vote on whether to dismiss or uphold the citation.

Learn more and sign up to be an attorney or a judge.

Traffic Court Officers

There are five Traffic Court officers. The Chief Justice, Joe Uhlman, oversees the entire court, delegates duties, and promulgates rules. The Chief Justice of the Court En Banc, David Hammack, is responsible for coordinating and supervising all en banc proceedings. The Chief En Banc presides over all en banc hearings. He is also responsible for writing the En Banc decisions. These decisions become binding precedent for all future traffic court cases.The Associate Chief, Nolan Wright, assists the Chief, supervises judges, and assigns cases to attorneys. The Chief Defense Attorney, Jamie Winningham, is the primary source for attorneys representing appellants. She is also responsible for the general representation of all appellants against the University. The Chief University (Prosecuting) Attorney, Cody Wright, is the primary source for attorneys representing the University. He is also responsible for the general representation of the University in all appeals. 

All officers are responsible for ex parte reviews, judging some IP hearings, and assisting attorneys. Attorneys are free to go to any available officer for help. 

Office Hours

The Traffic Court office is located in Green Hall, Room 110.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Cody 8:30 – 10:30        
Cody 8:30 – 10:30        
Cody 8:30 – 10:30        
Jamie 10:30 – 1:20        
Jamie 10:30 – 1:20 Cody 11:30 – 1:20   David 11:30 – 2:00  
Jamie 10:30 – 1:20 Cody 11:30 – 1:20 Nolan 12:30 – 2:30 David 11:30 – 2:00 Nolan 12:30 – 2:30
    Joe 12:30 – 1:30 Joe 12:30 – 2:30  
Jamie 10:30 – 1:20 Cody 11:30 – 1:20 Nolan 12:30 – 2:30 David 11:30 – 2:00 Nolan 12:30 – 2:30
    Joe 12:30 – 1:30 Joe 12:30 – 2:30  
    Nolan 12:30 – 2:30 Joe 12:30 – 2:30 Nolan 12:30 – 2:30

Contact the officers by visiting their office hours or by emailing.

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