16th Judicial Circuit vacancy

Judicial Vacancy: 16th Judicial Circuit

3 May 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Sixteenth Circuit Judicial Commission is accepting applications for the position of associate circuit judge of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit (Jackson County), to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Robert Beaird.

Applications and instructions may be obtained at the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, 1300 Oak Street, Kansas City, Missouri. Applicants may also download an application and instructions here:

  • Application: in Microsoft Word in Adobe
  • Instructions: in Microsoft Word in Adobe

Any citizen may suggest nominees to the commission.

Pursuant to Rule 10.28(d), the commission will select from all of the applicants those it will interview. The names of those to be interviewed and information relating to the number and characteristics of all applicants shall be released prior to the meeting on June 29, 2010. Other than the names of the persons it selects to interview, the commission shall not release any personally identifiable information about any person not included in the certificate of nomination. Rule 10.28(e).

Complete and mail or deliver the original, signed application, flat, unfolded and unbound, to Honorable Thomas H. Newton, at the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District. Copies shall be sent to the other commission members as provided for in the application instructions. All applications must be received before 4:30 p.m., on Wednesday, June 2, 2010. The commission will meet on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, to interview applicants.

The Missouri Constitution, Article V, section 21, requires that an associate circuit judge be at least twenty-five years old, licensed to practice law in Missouri, a citizen of the United States for at least ten years, a qualified voter of Missouri for the three years preceding selection, and a resident of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit for at least one year.

Members of the commission are Thomas H. Newton, Chief Judge, Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District; attorneys Tim E. Dollar and Scott Bethune, of Jackson County, Missouri; and lay members Byron G. Thompson and Anita L. Russell, of Jackson County. The addresses of the commission members to which applications and letters should be sent are provided with the application instructions.


Contact person: Terence G. Lord, Clerk of the Court

Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District

1300 Oak Street

Kansas City, MO 64106

(816) 889-3600