Associate circuit judges hear misdemeanor, infraction, municipal ordinance violation, juvenile, small claims and felony cases, as well as civil cases that don't exceed $25,000. They may be assigned criminal or civil cases from the circuit court.
There are 45 judicial circuits in Missouri. Boone County is part of the 13th Judicial Circuit. The Division 5 seat is contested in the 2010 primary.
There are currently 193 associate circuit judges in the state of Missouri; there are four in Boone County. They work at the Boone County Courthouse on Walnut Street.
Associate circuit judges* serve four year terms and must run for re-election at the end of their term if they want to serve again. Judges can serve until the age of 70.
Last year, Boone County associate circuit judges made $109,366.
To be eligible to run, candidates must meet all of the following requirements:
- Be a U.S. citizen.
- Be a qualified voter of the state.
- Be at least 25 years old.
- Be licensed to practice law in Missouri.