Pending Cases & Decisions

The Supreme Court of Missouri reserves certain dates each year on which to consider cases, typically by hearing oral arguments. When the Court schedules a case to be considered, it puts the case on a "docket" listing cases to be heard in a particular month, including when each day the arguments are scheduled to begin. The monthly dockets include cases that are to be "submitted on briefs" without oral argument as well as those scheduled for argument. The daily docket pages, listed under each month's docket, shows only those cases scheduled to be argued on a particular day. Briefs filed in those cases are available in PDF, and a summary of those briefs – provided for the interest and convenience of readers but which do not reflect any opinion of the Court as to the merits of a case – typically becomes available within the week before the cases are to be argued. Click here to see the Supreme Court's monthly dockets and daily cases scheduled to be argued.

When the Supreme Court of Missouri issues a decision in the form of a full opinion, it is published to the Internet. The information published online includes the case number, case name, attorneys for the parties, the court or commission from which the case was appealed, the name of the judge who authored the opinion, the vote (which includes both the disposition, or result, of the appeal and a listing of how the judges voted on the case), a summary of the opinion provided for the convenience of the reader, and the full text of the opinion. If there is a separate opinion, it is listed after the majority opinion. The Supreme Court's opinions appear in reverse chronological order and may be searched.

The Supreme Court typically schedules two Tuesdays each month on which it might issue opinions. All opinions are "handed down," or issued, at 1 p.m. Dates on which the Court might issue opinions are listed as Supreme Court Decision Dates. A listing of the Court's other decisions, in addition to opinions, are listed in the Supreme Court Minutes.