Associate circuit judge job description

Associate circuit judge, Judicial Circuit 13
Monday, July 26, 2010 | 11:40 a.m. CDT; updated 9:38 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 4, 2010

*CLARIFICATION: A previous version of this article listed the term lengths for circuit judges instead of for associate circuit judges.

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.

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