Clerk of the Supreme Court
to its decision-making powers, the Supreme Court supervises all lower courts in
the state. It is assisted in this task by its Office of State Courts Administrator, established in
1970, and the clerk of the Supreme Court.
of the Supreme Court is responsible for a wide range of duties, including the
supervision of the internal administrative function of the Court itself as well
as the planning and administrative direction of the Missouri Judicial
Conference, the organization of all the state's judges.
Bill Thompson, Clerk
Jefferson City, MO 65102
day-to-day administrative duties of the clerk's staff include handling
inquiries and procedural requests from attorneys throughout the state,
arranging the docketing (scheduling) of cases, maintaining files in each case
before the Court, receiving and disposing of fees related to those cases, and
printing and distributing opinions of the Court. In all of these matters, handled
primarily by the office of the
deputy clerk for the Court en Banc, the clerk reports directly to the
The security and maintenance of
the Supreme Court Building – as well as the 110,000 volumes in the Supreme Court Library – are
also the responsibility of the clerk's office. In addition, the clerk's office
provides information and assistance
to the media by responding to inquiries and providing case summaries.
of the Supreme Court also has a number of additional duties relating to The
Missouri Bar, the Office of
Chief Disciplinary Counsel and the Board of Certified Court Reporter Examiners.
Missouri Bar Responsibilities
records the clerk is required to maintain are the official and permanent roll of attorneys for the
state of Missouri. The clerk's office also prepares, on request, certificates
evidencing admission of attorneys to The Missouri Bar. By Supreme Court rule,
the clerk is treasurer of the state Board of Law Examiners, which conducts bar examinations twice
yearly. The clerk also supervises the semiannual enrollment ceremonies and
prepares all attorney licenses.
Court rule, the clerk also ex officio
treasurer of The Missouri Bar and the advisory committee and is responsible for
collecting the annual attorney enrollment fee and distributing Missouri Bar
membership cards to all attorneys licensed to practice in Missouri. The clerk
is responsible for maintaining the official records of The Missouri Bar and the
bar fund and for preparing annual financial reports for publication in the Journal of The Missouri Bar. The clerk also is responsible for
conducting annual elections for The Missouri Bar board of governors.