Judge Thomas C. Fincham was appointed as an associate circuit judge in the 6th Judicial Circuit in June 2010. He received both his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Before his appointment to the court, Judge Fincham spent many years in the private practice of law. He served as municipal judge for Riverside, Ferrelview, Platte Woods, Lawson, Oakview and Richmond, Missouri. He also served as city attorney and city prosecutor for Dearborn, Missouri. He is a member of the Missouri Municipal and Associate Circuit Judges Association and the Missouri Association of Probate and Associate Circuit Judges. His community interests include serving as a member of the board of directors of the Bluffs Homes Association.
Attorneys who responded to survey questions rated Judge Fincham on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 representing “not at all” and 5 representing “completely.” Judge Fincham received a rating above 4.0 in all categories, which is an indication that the attorneys have substantial respect for the judge’s skill and professionalism.
Judge Fincham received his highest scores for maintaining and requiring proper order and decorum in the courtroom (4.82), demonstrating appropriate demeanor on the bench (4.82), treating all people who appear before him equally (4.82), displaying fairness and impartiality toward each side of the case (4.80), and allowing parties latitude to present their arguments (4.80). Judge Fincham’s lower scores were for clearly explaining all oral decisions (4.72), giving reasons for rulings (4.73), and efficiently using pretrial procedure to narrow and define the issues (4.74).
The committee reviewed survey responses submitted by Judge Fincham’s peers. Judge Fincham received a perfect score of 5.00 in all categories.
The committee has also reviewed three written opinions submitted by Judge Fincham that dealt with issues of domestic law and driving privilege suspension law. His opinions appeared to be well-reasoned and clearly written, and appeared to fulfill all of the necessary legal requirements.