With the Nov. 8 general election rapidly approaching, a new group is taking a look into the qualifications of 49 judges who will be seeking retention on the bench under Missouri’s Non-Partisan Court Plan, commonly known as the Missouri Plan. The new Judicial Performance Review Committee is the result of a June 15 order by […]

The Supreme Court of Missouri issued an order dated June 15 revising Rules 10.50 – 10.55 governing Missouri’s judicial performance evaluation (JPE) to bring the process more in line with best practices across the nation. The Court’s revisions to Rules 10.50 – 10.55 will improve the information available to voters about judges up for retention […]

by Dale C. Doerhoff, Chair and State Coordinator, Missouri Judicial Performance Evaluation Committees In the holiday classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” George Bailey has a vision of what the world would be like if he had never been born. To his horror, Bailey sees that, without him, darkness and corruption take over. His idyllic hometown […]

Missourians Have Something Big to Celebrate This Nov. 5 Seventy-five years ago today, Missouri voters adopted Missouri’s Non-Partisan Court Plan, now known around the world as the Missouri Plan. The plan reduces the influence of politics and money in the selection of our judges, while giving the people the final say in retention elections. Since […]

The 22nd Circuit Judicial Commission announced that it will interview all 26 applicants – 14 women, 12 men, nine minority – for the circuit judge vacancy created by the retirement of Judge John Garvey. Public interviews are scheduled for Oct. 14 and 15. Find demographics, interviewee and meeting information for Garvey circuit judge vacancy in St. Louis […]

The Missouri Bar has partnered with the Missouri Humanities Council to produce a traveling exhibit and courthouse exhibits to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Missouri Plan and to help educate Missourians about how all Missouri judges are accountable to the voters. The Missouri Plan, otherwise known as the Missouri Non-Partisan Court Plan, was adopted […]

The 31st Circuit Judicial Commission (Greene County) conducted one day of public hearings, interviewed nine applicants and selected a panel of three nominees Thursday for the associate circuit judge position created by the appointment of Judge Jason R. Brown to the circuit bench. The nominees are: Becky J.W. Borthwick Municipal Court Judge City of Springfield Municipal Court Margaret […]

The 31st Circuit Judicial Commission will interview all nine applicants – six women and three men – for the associate circuit judge vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Jason R. Brown as circuit judge. Interviews will be conducted on September 24, 2015, and are open to the public. Find a list of applicants and […]

The 21st Circuit Judicial Commission will interview all 29 applicants — 15 women, 14 men, four minorities, 25 non-minorities — for the circuit judge vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Richard Bresnahan. Public interviews are scheduled for Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Find a list of applicants and meeting information on the Your Missouri Courts […]

The 7th Circuit Judicial Commission is accepting applications for the position of associate circuit judge of the 7th Judicial Circuit (Clay County). The position was newly created by the Missouri General Assembly. Citizens are encouraged to nominate qualified candidates. Qualifications for the position may be found inArticle V, Section 21 of the Missouri Constitution. For […]