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 here.

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 by Missourians in 1940. Since then, more than 30 other states have copied it in some form. The plan reduces the influence of politics and money in the selection of our judges, while giving the people the final say serving as a model for the nation for 75 years.

The plan governs selection and retention of all appellate court judges in the state of Missouri and trial judges in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis, Jackson, Clay, Platte and Greene Counties.

The exhibits will help the public better understand how judges in Missouri are selected and retained.

The traveling exhibit features a three-panel display and an interactive touch-screen display featuring a video explaining the history, significance and attributes of the Missouri Plan. The exhibit will travel throughout the state over the next year.

The courthouse exhibit is a single-panel, educational display that contains the key points of the Missouri Plan. Courthouses and public institutions across the state are eligible to receive this exhibit at no expense. The display is ideal for smaller spaces and can be featured long-term by host courthouses, libraries or educational institutions. Both exhibits include a takeaway brochure titled “Voting for Missouri Judges” produced by The Missouri Bar.

Both exhibits will be on display for preview at the Missouri Bar Annual Meeting and Judicial Conference to be held October 6-9, 2015, in St. Louis.

If you are interested in featuring one or both of the Missouri Plan exhibits, please fill out the request form here.

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:

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Becky J.W. Borthwick
Municipal Court Judge
City of Springfield Municipal Court
Margaret E. Holden
Chief Administrative Law Judge
Missouri Division of Workers Compensation
Chantel L. Alberhasky
Alberhasky Law Firm
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Pursuant to the Supreme Court of Missouri Rule 10, the five-person commission notes the final votes received by each nominee were: Becky J.W. Borthwick received five votes, Margaret E. Holden received five votes and Chantal L. Alberhasky received five votes.

The complete applications for the three nominees will be posted on the website of Your Missouri Courts.

The commission has submitted the panel to Gov. Jay Nixon, who will have 60 days to appoint one of the nominees as associate circuit judge.

The commission is chaired by Judge Mary W. Sheffield, chief justice of the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Southern District, and is composed of lawyers Andrew Bennett and Steve Garner, and lay members Joann Hosmer and Steven Stepp.

The selection and retention of judges in Greene County is governed by the Missouri Plan, also known as the Missouri’s Non-Partisan Court Plan.

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 interview information on Your Missouri Courts website.

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 website.