Division 1 - Judge Christine Carpenter - Presiding Judge
Judge Carpenter, Circuit Judge, Division 1, was appointed to the court in 1999 and has been elected since then. Judge Carpenter is the Administrative Judge for the Alternative Sentencing Courts, (Drug Court, Mental Health Court, DWI Court and Veterans Treatment Court) and presides over the Drug Court. She also handles general civil and criminal dockets. Judge Carpenter is a 1980 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, with an undergraduate degree in Art History and Archaeology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Judge Carpenter is a former Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Boone County and was in private practice prior to her 1999 appointment.
Judge Carpenter is a member of the National Drug Court Association and is on the faculty of the National Drug Court Institute. She serves on the Board of the Missouri Association of Drug Court Professionals, and is also a member of the Missouri Supreme Court Committee on Alternative Treatment Courts. Judge Carpenter is married to Assistant Attorney General Joe Bindbeutel. They have four adult sons.