Missouri Court of Appeals

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Missouri Court of Appeals is located in Missouri
St. Louis (Eastern)
St. Louis (Eastern)
Kansas City (Western)
Kansas City (Western)
Springfield (Southern)
Springfield (Southern)
Court locations

The Missouri Court of Appeals is the intermediate appellate court for the state of Missouri. The court handles most of the appeals from the Missouri Circuit Courts. The court is divided into three districts: Eastern (based in St. Louis), Western (based in Kansas City), and Southern (based in Springfield).


The Missouri Court of Appeals has jurisdiction over all appeals which do not fall under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Missouri. The five categories of appeals over which the Supreme Court exercises exclusive jurisdiction are:

  • The validity of a United States statute or treaty.
  • The validity of a Missouri statute or constitutional provision.
  • The state's revenue laws.
  • Challenges to a statewide elected official's right to hold office.
  • Imposition of the death penalty.

Historically, less than ten percent of the appeals heard by the Missouri Court of Appeals are transferred to the Supreme Court. Thus, for the vast majority of appeals, the Court of Appeals decision is final.


There are fourteen judges in the Eastern District, eleven judges in the Western District, and seven judges in the Southern District. Judges are selected via the Missouri Plan.

Under the Constitution of Missouri, Court of Appeals judges must be at least 30 years old, licensed to practice law in Missouri, a United States citizen for at least 15 years, a qualified voter of the state for nine years preceding selection, and a resident of the appellate district in which the judge serves. Judges serve a term of twelve years, but may seek additional terms. Mandatory retirement age for judges is 70, after which a judge may elect to go on senior status.

Current judges[edit]

Eastern District (St. Louis)[edit]

  • Robert Clayton, III
  • Clifford H. Ahrens
  • Patricia L. Cohen
  • Robert G. Dowd, Jr.
  • Gary Gaertner, Jr.
  • Phillip Hess
  • Mary Kathryn Hoff
  • Lawrence E. Mooney
  • Glenn A. Norton
  • Kurt S. Odenwald
  • Roy L. Richter
  • Angela Turner Quigless
  • Lisa VanAmburg
  • Sherri B. Sullivan

Western District (Kansas City)[edit]

  • Lisa White Hardwick
  • Alok Ahuja
  • Joseph M. Ellis
  • Victor C. Howard
  • Cynthia R. Martin
  • Karen K. Mitchell
  • Thomas H. Newton
  • Mark D. Pfeiffer
  • Anthony Rex Gabbert
  • James E. Welsh, Chief Judge
  • Gary D. Witt

Southern District (Springfield)[edit]

  • Chief Judge Don E. Burrell
  • Judge Nancy Steffen Rahmeyer
  • Judge Jeffrey W. Bates
  • Judge Gary W. Lynch
  • Judge Daniel E. Scott
  • Judge William W. Francis, Jr.
  • Judge Mary W. Sheffield

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