Judge Janet Sutton was appointed as circuit judge in 2013. She received both her B.A. in communication studies and her J.D. at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She acted as assistant prosecutor for Clay County from 1990 to 2003 and was the chief assistant prosecutor for the years 2000 to 2003. She was a municipal prosecutor and later a municipal judge for the City of Excelsior Springs, as well as legal counsel to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, before becoming a judge.
Judge Sutton is a member of the Kansas City Bar Association, the Missouri Circuit Judges Association, the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City, the Clay County Bar Association and the State Circuit Court Budget Committee (2011 to present).
She was retained as a judge in the elections for the years 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2014.