Chief Justice Columns

Chief Justice Columns

In September 2005, then-Chief Justice Michael Wolff launched a series of columns, which are distributed to newspapers throughout the state by the Missouri Press Association. The columns, called "Justice Matters" discuss a range of issues related to Missouri's courts and the legal system. The columns are available periodically.

For more information about the columns, please contact Beth Riggert, communications counsel for the Supreme Court of Missouri, by calling (573) 751-3676 or by e-mailing

Here are the columns:

June 18, 2015
  Magna Carta celebrates 800 years of the rule of law
March 20, 2015
  CASA volunteers bring stability to lives of abused, neglected children
December 12, 2014
  Missouri's treatment court divisions provide gift of renewed life
November 24, 2014
  Voters retain final say over all Missouri judges
October 23, 2014
  Dogs find special place in court proceedings
September 16, 2014
  Honoring the Bill of Rights
September 2, 2014
  Regular School Attendance is the Law
July 17, 2014
  Judges do not express personal opinions in performance of judicial duties
June 26, 2014
  Fourth of July is perfect time to celebrate creation of our nation, courts
May 23, 2014   Former governor remembered for breaking gender barrier in nonpartisan judicial appointments
April 21, 2014
  Missouri honors the vital work of jurors
March 18, 2014
  Rural women lawyers serve as pioneers for others
February 10, 2014

Behind the robe, Missouri judges are committed to justice for all
December 12, 2013
  Through adoptions, Missouri courts give the gift of families
November 6, 2013   Missouri courts respect, serve veterans
October 17, 2013
  Missouri courts remain vital to our society
March 5, 2013
  Celebrating African-Americans' contributions to Missouri's justice system
May 31, 2007
War-torn Country Seeks Measure of Stability by Establishing Fair, Impartial Courts
March 30, 2007
Ensuring Judges' Ethics and Accountability
February 26, 2007
Lawyer Ethics ... Don't Believe Everything You See on Television
December 22, 2006
Hamilton Gamble Shaped History as Judge, Governor
November 28, 2006
Adoptive Parents Deserve Recognition for Lifelong Commitment of Love
October 23, 2006
Understanding Ballot Issues: Fair and Accurate Explanations
September 30, 2006

Attacks on the Courts Present Real Threats
August 28, 2006
From the Three Stooges to the Three Branches — It's Back to School
July 26, 2006
Missouri Sentencing: Crimes, Punishments and Public Safety
June 29, 2006
Missouri Courts: The Last Resort For Vulnerable Children
May 30, 2006
Promises, Promises... What Should A Judicial Candidate Say?
April 24, 2006
Law Day Celebrates Our Enduring Values
March 28, 2006
The Courts' Ideals Are Carved in Stone
February 27, 2006
What Do Judges Believe ... Really?
January 30, 2006
Success of Missouri Courts Depends on Adequate Resources
December 15, 2005
Missouri Judges are Accountable ... To the Law
November 21, 2005
How We Choose Missouri Judges
October 14, 2005
Why the Rule of Law?
September 9, 2005
A Celebration of Two Constitutions