John M Torrence 16th Judicial Circuit (Jackson County)


The 16th Circuit Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee recommends that Judge John M. Torrence BE RETAINED.


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Judge John M. Torrence was appointed to the bench in August 2001. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Saint Louis University and his Juris Doctor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Judge Torrence is currently assigned as administrative judge over the Family Court Division. He is currently supporting three children in college.


The committee evaluated Judge Torrence based on the results of ratings and comments submitted by attorneys and jurors who have appeared and served in Judge Torrence’s courtroom. The results of those ratings and comments are reviewed and discussed below.

Attorneys who responded to survey questions rated Judge Torrence on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 representing a response of “Strongly Disagree” and 5 representing “Strongly Agree.” He received his highest scores for: addressing individuals (e.g., attorneys, court staff, litigants, public, witnesses) respectfully in the courtroom (4.51); treating the parties equally (4.47); and using courtroom time efficiently (4.41). He received his lower scores for: rulings cited the applicable substantive law (4.21); decisions followed logically from the evidence presented (4.16); and, assisting parties in narrowing key issues in dispute (4.12). It should be noted that Judge Torrence’s lower scores are well above the level supporting retention.

The committee also reviewed juror responses to surveys and the comments were found to be overwhelmingly favorable. The committee noted comments such as: “Judge Torrence was very attentive to the duties and participation of the jury”; “Judge Torrence was at all times very professional, he explained the process thoroughly and was very respectful and appreciative of the jury”; and “Judge Torrence made serving on a jury an educational, professional and enjoyable experience.”