7th Circuit Commission seeks applicants to fill Gabbert circuit judge vacancy in Clay County

5 April 2013

Commission seeks applicants for Gabbert circuit judge vacancy in Clay County

The Seventh Circuit Judicial Commission is accepting applications for the office of circuit judge, division 2 of the seventh judicial circuit (Clay County), to fill the vacancy created by the appointment of the Honorable Anthony Rex Gabbert to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District.

Citizens are encouraged to nominate well-qualified candidates for the commission’s consideration. The Missouri Constitution, article V, section 21, requires that a circuit judge be at least 30 years old, licensed to practice law in Missouri, a citizen of the United States for at least 10 years, a qualified voter of Missouri for the three years preceding selection and a resident of the seventh judicial circuit for at least one year. Nominations should be submitted to the contact person listed below.

Applications and instructions are available by clicking the appropriate format:

Application: [Microsoft Word] [PDF]

Instructions: [Microsoft Word] [PDF]

The application and instructions are also available at the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, 1300 Oak Street, Kansas City, Missouri. The commission must receive all completed applications for the circuit judge vacancy by 4:30 p.m. on May 10, 2013.

The commission will meet on May 22, 2013, to conduct public interviews of the applicants and select a panel of three nominees for the vacancy. Thereafter, Governor Jay Nixon will have 60 days to appoint one of the three nominees as circuit judge in division 2.

Members of the commission are James Edward Welsh, chief judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District; attorneys Douglass Noland and James Thompson Jr.; and lay members Melisa Essig and Dr. Lancer Gates.


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