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11-6-13

It’s time to fill
Van Amburg’s old spot

The Sixth Circuit Judicial Commission is accepting applications for the office of Associate Circuit Judge, Division 4 of the Sixth Judicial Circuit (Platte County), to fill the vacancy created by the appointment of James W. Van Amburg, to the office of circuit judge.

Citizens are encouraged to nominate well-qualified candidates for the commission's consideration. The Missouri Constitution, Article V, Section 21, requires that an associate circuit judge be at least 25 years old, licensed to practice law in Missouri, a qualified voter of Missouri, and a resident of the Sixth Judicial Circuit.

Nominations should be submitted to the contact person listed below.

Applications and instructions are available on the website for Missouri Courts, http://www.courts.mo.gov (under the quick link for “Judicial Vacancies”). The application and instructions are also available at the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, 1300 Oak Street, Kansas City, Missouri.

The commission must receive all completed applications for the associate circuit judge vacancy by 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 22.

Anyone who submitted an application for either of the recent vacancies in Division 1 or 2 of the Sixth Circuit need not send in a new application.

However, the person must send a letter to each member of the commission requesting to be considered for the Division 4 vacancy. Letters must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 22.

The commission will meet on Dec. 4 to conduct public interviews of the applicants and select three nominees for the vacancy.

Gov. Jay Nixon will then have 60 days to appoint one of the three nominees associate circuit judge in Division 4.

Members of the commission are James Edward Welsh, chief judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District; attorneys Scott Campbell and Keith Hicklin; and lay members John Pepper and Staci Petrillo.

Contact person:
Terrence G. Lord, Clerk of the Court, Missouri Court of Appeals-Western District, 1300 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO 64106. Email: Terence.Lord@courts.mo.gov. (816) 889-3600.