21st Judicial Circuit vacancy

Judicial Vacancy: 21st Judicial Circuit

1 November 2007

The Twenty-First Judicial Circuit Commission (St. Louis County) is accepting applications for the position of Circuit Judge. The vacancy is created by the retirement of Judge Emmett O'Brien, effective December 11, 2007.

The Commission actively seeks out and encourages qualified individuals, including women and minorities, to apply for judicial office. By law, Circuit Judges must be at least 30 years of age, licensed to practice law in Missouri, a qualified voter of Missouri and a resident of St. Louis County for at least one year.


Application forms may be picked up in the Clerk’s Office at the Missouri Court of Appeals in the Old Post Office, 815 Olive Street, Room 304, St. Louis. Applications are also available here:


Applications must be received by each Commissioner no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 26, 2007 to be considered by the Commission. Applicants should contact each Commissioner for an interview.

The Commission will meet December 10, 2007 to select three nominees for the Circuit Judge vacancy to be submitted to Governor Matt Blunt, who will have 60 days to appoint one of them.

The members of the Twenty-First Judicial Circuit Commission are: Chief Judge Patricia L. Cohen, Gerard Noce, Debbie Champion, Patrick Dudley and Laurie Westfall.

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