Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness

Supreme Court of Missouri
Post Office Box 150
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751-4144

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 one time.

  • November 17, 2015