Judicial Vacancies

 

Selection of judges in the Supreme Court, the Missouri Court of Appeals and six of the state's urban trial courts is governed by the merit-based nonpartisan court plan. In the remaining 109 counties, voters continue to choose trial judges through partisan elections. When an interim vacancy occurs in one of these counties, the governor appoints a judge to serve until the next election. For more information about this application process, click here: interim judicial vacancies in trial courts.


The process of filing vacancies under the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan requires the governor to select judges from a panel of three qualified applicants selected by a nonpartisan commission of citizens, lawyers and a judge. Voters then decide periodically whether to retain nonpartisan judges. For vacancies on the Supreme Court of Missouri and Missouri Court of Appeals, the nonpartisan commission is called the Appellate Judicial Commission. The six circuit courts subject to the nonpartisan plan have their own circuit judicial commissions.


Current Nonpartisan Judicial Vacancies


Circuit Courts

  • Sixth Judicial Circuit (Platte County):
      • There currently are no vacancies in the 6th circuit.
  • Seventh Judicial Circuit (Clay County):
        • There currently are no vacancies in the 7th circuit.
  • 16th Judicial Circuit (Jackson County):
  • 21st Judicial Circuit (St. Louis County):
      • The commission on July 12 released the demographic, interviewee and meeting information for the Cohen circuit judge vacancy in St. Louis County.
      • The commission on June 29 nominated St. Louis County Commissioner Margaret Donnelly, St. Louis County Associate Circuit Judge John Borbonus III and St. Louis attorney Robert Tucker for the Dolan circuit judge vacancy in St. Louis County.
      • The governor on on June 29 appointed Webster Groves attorney Richard Stewart for the newly created associate circuit judge position in St. Louis County and on May 27 appointed St. Louis County Associate Circuit Judge Joseph S. Dueker to fill the Prebil circuit judge vacancy in St. Louis County.
  • 22nd Judicial Circuit (St. Louis city):
        • The commission on June 27 nominated St. Louis attorneys Timothy Boyer, Craig Higgins and Teneil Kellerman for the Bryant associate circuit judge vacancy in St. Louis.
        • The governor on June 10 appointed St. Louis Associate Circuit Judge Paula Perkins Bryant for the Margaret Neill circuit judge vacancy in St. Louis.
  • 31st Judicial Circuit (Greene County):
        • There currently are no vacancies in the 31st circuit.
 
Missouri Court of Appeals
  • The governor on July 15 appointed Edward R. Ardini Jr. to fill the Ellis vacancy on the Western District appeals court.

Supreme Court of Missouri
  • There currently are no vacancies on the Supreme Court of Missouri.