Supreme Court of Missouri
Post Office Box 150
Jefferson City, MO 65102
The Supreme Court of Missouri created its commission on racial and ethnic fairness by order dated October 6, 2015. The commission will focus its study on six areas – the judicial system generally, the civil justice system, the criminal justice system, the juvenile justice system, the municipal justice system and the practice of law – to identify solutions and make recommendations for improvement. Together, the commission members will engage with the public in examining and reviewing current practices and recommending measures to help assure fairness, impartiality, equal access and full participation for racial and ethnic minorities in the judicial process and in the practice of law.
Announcing the commission
during an address to lawyers and judges at a joint annual meeting, Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge said: "We all
need to do everything we can to ensure that every
individual in every
case in our system of justice is treated with respect and has his or her case adjudicated fairly and impartially according to the law."
The commission has met three times.
- November 17, 2015
- June 21, 2016
- December 8, 2016
It also held a series of public feedback sessions throughout the state:
- February 16, 2017, in Columbia
- February 28, 2017, in Kansas City
- March 7, 2017, in St. Louis
- March 14, 2017, in Springfield
The commission has scheduled a community feedback forum about juvenile justice for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 24, 2017, in Ferguson. Similar forums are expected to be scheduled for Cape Girardeau, Kansas City, St. Louis and Springfield.
The commission has developed an initial outline of recommendations and expects to file a formal report in 2017.