16th Circuit Commission announces it is seeking applications to fill McGraw circuit judge vacancy in Jackson County

26 November 2013

Commission announces it is seeking applications to fill McGraw circuit judge vacancy in Jackson County

The 16th Circuit judicial commission is accepting applications for the office of circuit judge, Division eight of the 16th Judicial Circuit (Jackson County), to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Peggy Stevens McGraw.

Citizens are encouraged to nominate well-qualified candidates for the commission’s consideration. Qualifications for circuit judges may be found in Article V, Section 21, of the Missouri Constitution. Nominations should be submitted to the contact person listed below.


Application: Word PDF


Instructions: Word PDF

The application and instructions are also available at the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, 1300 Oak Street, Kansas City. The commission must receive all completed applications for the circuit judge vacancy by 4:30 pm on Dec. 27.

Anyone who submitted an application for the earlier vacancies in Division two and/or Division seven need not submit a new application for Division eight. However, the person must send a letter to each member of the commission requesting to be considered for the Division eight vacancy. Letters must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 27.

The commission will meet on Jan. 7, 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 eight.

Members of the commission are James Edward Welsh, chief judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District; attorneys Teresa Woody and Scott Bethune; and lay members Pastor Eric Williams and William Gautreaux.

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

Missouri Court of Appeals - Western District

1300 Oak Street

Kansas City, MO 64106

Terence.Lord@courts.mo.gov

(816) 889-3600