Municipal Judge Education

New Municipal Judge Orientation

A New Municipal Judge Orientation is mandatory for all new municipal judges, both lawyer and non-lawyer. If a non-lawyer is appointed or elected, a certification program will be offered in conjunction with the orientation. Note: If the municipal division uses the Show-Me Courts (SMC) electronic case management system or the Judicial Information System (JIS), you are encouraged to attend the Thursday SMC/JIS Judge Technology Training also.

Show-Me Courts/JIS Judge Technology Training

The judges attending this session will develop a better understanding of how the technology that is available to the Missouri courts can aid in judicial decision making and case load management. Attendees will learn about ways in which they can use the automated tools (e.g. eBench,, OSCA Reports, Show-Me Courts, etc.) on the bench and in chambers. Court automation also allows for the quick retrieval of information.

There are several reports that can be produced to assist judges with managing their cases. Judges will be given information about what reports are available for to use. The judges will have an opportunity to see demonstrations of these automated tools in action.

Requirement: JIS/SMC divisions only; 3 CLE (at your own expense)

Rule 18

In accordance with Missouri Supreme Court Rule 18, municipal judges who also are lawyers (except associate circuit judges, who do not fall within the ambit of the Rule) must earn and report five hours of continuing legal education (CLE) annually. Non-Lawyer judges must earn and report 15 hours of continuing legal education annually. Additionally, both classifications of judges must earn and report two hours of Judicial Ethics/Professionalism. Municipal judges do not have to acquire continuing legal education during the reporting year in which they are newly appointed or initially elected. The number of CLE credits offered depends upon the topic(s) and length of each program.

If you have questions concerning CLE credits under Rule 18, please contact:

Municipal Judge Education Committee
c/o Office of State Courts Administrator
2112 Industrial Drive
P.O. Box 104480
Jefferson City, MO 65110
(573) 751-4377
Facsimile: (573) 522-5013

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