Some municipal courts in St. Louis County are consolidating

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ The Missouri Supreme Court says several municipal courts in St. Louis County are consolidating.

Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge said in a statement Tuesday the move is designed to reduce costs and lessen the incentive to use municipal courts as revenue generators.

Municipal operations from Charlack, Northwoods and Vinita Park are consolidated into the St. Ann municipal division. And municipal courts from Bellerive Acres, Cool Valley, Glen Echo Park, Greendale, Pasadena Park and Uplands Park are expected to be consolidated into Normandy municipal court.

The Normandy consolidation was led by Beyond Housing, a nonprofit community development group, with 24:1 _ the 24 communities in the Normandy school district.

Breckenridge also announced the state received a $500,000 federal grant to develop software to improve municipal courts’ operations.