Missouri Court of Appeals Convenes in C-SC Courtroom

Friday, October 25, 2013


The Missouri Court of Appeals convenedto hear cases for a special Northern Division docket in Culver-Stockton’s Courtroom at 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 24. Students and citizens were invited to the session.

Three judges from the Court of Appeals participated: Judge Robert Clayton from Hannibal, Judge Clifford H. Ahrens from Hannibal, and Judge Gary Gaertner Jr. from St. Louis. The judges sat as a panel of three to hear oral arguments from attorneys in three appeals from Lewis, Scotland and Clark County circuit courts. Their judgments should be released in approximately 30 days.

“We were honored to return to Culver-Stockton College,” Judge Clayton said. The Court held dockets for the first time at Culver-Stockton in November 2012. “The Court has a tradition of convening in areas outside of St. Louis, where sessions are regularly conducted, and the judges are especially enthusiastic about holding dockets at educational institutions. To return to Culver-Stockton College this year is very gratifying.”

Judge Clayton was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 2011. He previously served as chairman of the Public Service Commission and a Missouri State Representative, and was also in the private practice of law in Hannibal. Judge Ahrens was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 1991. Prior to his appointment, Judge Ahrens practiced law in Hannibal. Judge Gaertner was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 2009. He previously served as a Circuit Judge, a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office and a state prosecutor.

The Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, is the state’s largest appellate court, with offices in the historic Old Post Office in downtown St. Louis. There are 14 judges on the court, which handles approximately fifty percent of the intermediate appellate caseload in Missouri. The Eastern District has jurisdiction over appeals from trial courts in 25 counties and the City of St. Louis stretching from the Iowa border to Cape Girardeau. The court regularly hears cases in St. Louis, Hannibal, Cape Girardeau and other locations in the Eastern District.