Attorney: Lawyer Influence Over Missouri Judicial Selection Leads to More Lawsuits

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August 23, 2018

An attorney with the Competitive Enterprise Institute said the influence of lawyers over judicial selection for Missouri courts has led to an increase in the amount of litigation in the state, the St. Louis Record reports.

Devin Watkins pointed to the way the seats on the Appellate Judicial Commission, which selects judges for the state’s Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, are allocated. Of the seven members, three are selected by the state bar and one by the chief justice. The result, he said, are common law rules set by judges who “are much friendlier to plaintiff’s attorneys, who often make their money based on how much they can win in litigation.