Appellate Opinions

Opinions and Minutes

When the Supreme Court of Missouri or any of the three geographical districts of the Missouri Court of Appeals issues a decision in the form of a full opinion, it is published to the Internet. Occasionally, one of these courts will issue opinions that hold no precedential value for anyone other than the parties to the particular case. For those occasions, the court will issue orders listing the case name and number and indicating that the lower court's judgment was affirmed. These orders also are published to the Web site.

All opinions are listed online in reverse chronological order. 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 (which should not be quoted or cited), and the full text of the opinion. If there is a separate opinion (such as a concurring opinion, which agrees in the result of the majority opinion but not necessarily with the rationale, or a dissenting opinion, which disagrees with the result of the majority opinion), it is listed after the majority opinion.

Not all decisions of the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals result in an opinion. For the Court of Appeals, these include rulings on motions filed after an opinion has issued. For the Supreme Court, these include rulings on motions for rehearing, applications and recommendations for transferring a case from the Court of Appeals to the Supreme Court, petitions for writs and other original proceedings (filed in the Supreme Court instead of being appealed from a lower court), and other motions. These rulings are listed in the minutes of the court.

To see minutes listing decisions, opinions and opinion orders, please click on one of the specific links below or to the side: