Karen King Mitchell Missouri Court of Appeals - Western District


The Appellate Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee recommends that Judge Karen King Mitchell BE RETAINED.

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Judge Karen Mitchell was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District in July 2009. Prior to the appointment, Mitchell was director of the Missouri Department of Revenue from January of 2009. Previous to that position, Judge Mitchell served as Chief Deputy Attorney General for 10 years.

Judge Mitchell graduated from the University of Missouri in 1981 and received her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1984. Judge Mitchell had the opportunity to sit as special judge with the Supreme Court of Missouri in October 2009. Judge Mitchell is active in both professional and civic organizations, serving on the Missouri Supreme Court Appellate Practice Committee, Missouri Supreme Court Committee on Procedure in Criminal Cases, as well as serving as the liaison to the Government Practice Committee of The Missouri Bar, to name a few.


Attorneys who responded to survey questions rated Judge Mitchell on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 representing “not at all” and 5 representing “completely.”

Judge Mitchell received her highest scores for: being courteous toward attorneys (4.43); treating parties equally regardless of race, sex or economic status (4.43); and being fair and impartial toward each side of the case (4.37). Judge Mitchell was not rated below a 4.00 in any category.

The committee has also had an opportunity to review opinions written by Judge Mitchell. The opinions are written with clarity, carefully laying out the background facts of the case in question. Judge Mitchell then addresses the pertinent legal principles involved, providing a fair and balanced acknowledgement of both sides of the argument, and then concludes her written opinion with a clear and concise ruling.