Eastern District appeals court selects Richter as new chief judge

29 June 2010


Eastern District appeals court selects Richter as new chief judge


St. Louis - Judge Roy L. Richter has been elected Chief Judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District by unanimous vote of the judges of the court.  His one-year term will begin on July 1, 2010.  The chief judge is the chief administrative officer of the court, presides at court en banc meetings, and represents the court to the public.  He is the second judge from Montgomery City to preside over the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District, the first being the Hon. William Hughes, who served as presiding judge of the Court from 1939-1946.

Judge Richter was appointed to the Eastern District in January 2006.  He graduated from Brentwood High School in St. Louis County, Drury College and the University Of Missouri School Of Law.  He was elected prosecuting Attorney of Montgomery County in 1976 and elected Probate/Magistrate Judge of Montgomery County in 1978.  He was re-elected as an Associate Circuit Judge in 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002.  Judge Richter has served on the Circuit Court Budget committee, the Judge Transfer Committee and currently chairs the Municipal Judge Education Committee.  

The Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District hears appeals from the trial courts in twenty-five counties in eastern Missouri and the City of St. Louis.  It is the largest court in the state appellate system, with fourteen judges and a workload of approximately 1600 cases per year.  The Court is located in the historic Old Post Office in downtown St. Louis but regularly holds sessions at various locations throughout the District.

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Contact: Laura Thielmeier Roy
Clerk, Missouri Court of Appeals,  Eastern District
Ph: (314) 539-4300