Petition Would Require Missouri Supreme Court Judges To Run For Office

The Missouri Supreme Court in Jefferson City | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
A new petition would change the way judges are chosen for the Missouri Supreme Court. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Activists on both sides of the ongoing battle over how Missouri judges are chosen are paying close attention to new initiative-petition proposals that would transform the state’s highest judges from gubernatorial appointees into elected officials. In effect, the proposals would do away with Missouri’s 70-year-old nonpartisan court plan for filling judgeships.

The Missouri secretary of state’s office has approved for circulation two initiative-petition ballot proposals that would require judges for the state’s appellate and Supreme Court to run as partisan candidates for the posts, expand the Supreme Court from seven to nine judges and shorten their terms of office from 12 to eight years.

Local judges in Missouri already are elected, except for those in the urban and suburban area. Special selection panels choose nominees for the state’s appellate and Supreme Court, with the governor making the final choice.

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