Supreme Court vacancy

Judicial Vacancy: Supreme Court of Missouri

6 June 2011

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Appellate Judicial Commission announced today that it is accepting applications for vacancy on the Supreme Court of Missouri to fill the vacancy created by the impending resignation of Judge Michael A. Wolff, who is retiring Aug. 11 after serving 13 years on the Supreme Court, including a two-year term as chief justice.

Citizens are encouraged to nominate well-qualified candidates for the commission’s consideration. The Missouri Constitution requires that a judge of the Supreme Court of Missouri be at least 30 years old, licensed to practice law in Missouri, a United States citizen for at least 15 years and a qualified Missouri voter for at least nine years next preceding selection. Nominations should be submitted to the commission by e-mail at JudgeVacancy@courts.mo.gov or by postal mail to Supreme Court Judge Vacancy, PO Box 150, Jefferson City, MO 65102.

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, July 8, 2011. Interested persons may download the application and instructions here:

Application: in Microsoft Word in Adobe PDF
Instructions for Applicants: in Microsoft Word in Adobe PDF
Guidelines for Reference: in Microsoft Word in Adobe PDF

The commission will meet Tuesday, Aug. 30 through Thursday, Sept. 1 at the Supreme Court Building in Jefferson City to interview applicants and to select a panel of three nominees for the governor’s consideration. The interviews will be open to the public. The names of those to be interviewed and information relating to the number and characteristics of all applicants will be released publicly prior to the beginning of the interviews.


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Contact: Beth Riggert
Communications Counsel
Supreme Court of Missouri
(573) 751-3676
beth.riggert@courts.mo.gov