Judge James Kanatzar was appointed circuit judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit in April 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He received his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Prior to his appointment, Judge Kanatzar served as Jackson County, Missouri Prosecutor. He is a member of The Missouri Bar, and the Kansas City Metropolitan, Eastern Jackson County, and Kansas Bar associations.
Judge Kanatzar is involved with Hospitality House, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Calvary Community Outreach Network and Calvary Temple Baptist Church.