Courts throughout the United States have the critical role of protecting our rights by interpreting and applying laws fairly and impartially. To do this politics and the influence of money must be kept out of our courts.
For nearly three-quarters of a century, Missouri’s Non-Partisan Court Plan has helped protect the integrity of our courts by attracting high-quality judges who render justice fairly, free from the influences of politics and money. The Missouri Bar is proud of its long history of support for this plan, which became a model for the nation.
We invite you to join The Missouri Bar to educate the public
about Missouri’s court system and merit selection of judges. Here, you’ll
find useful talking points and speech outlines to help you speak with
legislators, colleagues and civic groups about keeping politics and money out
of our courts. We welcome your participation.
It has never been more important for the public to understand how Missouri's court system works and why the third branch of government must remain a co-equal branch -- not weakened or politicized. Lawyers are in a unique position to educate the public and build support for our state courts.
Non-Partisan Court Plan Message Map
A Message Map is a communications tool that can be used to create talking points or speeches. It can also help you prepare for interviews on a topic.
Additional Talking Points on the Missouri Non-Partisan Court Plan
How the Missouri Plan Works Infographic
Most lawyers have heard of Missouri's Non-Partisan Court Plan and understand how it works and why it's a vital part of our state Constitution. But outside the legal community, few people realize that the Plan has become a model for the nation.
Find online and downloadable speaker resources, including presentations, a brochure and video, prepared for lawyers interested in speaking to the public about the Plan.
From the Report by the Commission on Judicial Independence
Missouri's Gift to the Art of Government––the Non-Partisan Court Plan by Professor Rick Hardy, University of Missouri-Columbia Political Science Department
How to Advocate Effectively at the State and Community Level by Joe Moseley, former state senator
The ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Independence has developed a number of resources to help lawyers explain the importance of fair and impartial courts. From sample op-ed pieces to message platforms and sample speeches, its resources can be easily adapted for use in communities throughout the nation. Click here for ABA resources.
Senate Joint Resolution 51 – Truly Agreed and Finally Passed May 10, 2012
Missouri Senate Vote on SJR51 – May 1, 2012
Missouri House Vote on SJR51 – May 10, 2012
Secretary of State’s Certified Ballot Language for SJR51 (now titled Amendment 3)
August 15, 2012 – St. Louis Public Radio: Judge William Ray Price, Jr. on issues facing Mo. courts as he steps away
August 5, 2012 – Jefferson City News Tribune: Price retirement highlights Court Plan amendment
July 13, 2012 – San Francisco Chronicle: Lawsuit Challenges Summary of Missouri Judicial Measure
July 8, 2012 – MoLawyersMedia.com: Critics Decry Summary for Missouri Plan Ballot Item
July 3, 2012 - Midwest Democracy: Carnahan Releases Language for Missouri Plan, Health Exchange Ballot Measures
March 18, 2012 - Columbia Daily Tribune: Spring brings judicial politics
March 20, 2012 - Columbia Daily Tribune: Judge plan not broken in Missouri
April 11, 2012 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Guest commentary: Protect Missouri's judicial selection process
April 10, 2012 - Joplin Globe, Our View: Keep politics out of court plan
March 16, 2012 - Kansas City Star: Monkeying Around in Smoke-Filled Rooms
May 19, 2012 - The Missouri Bar President Comments on Resolution That Puts Political Appointees at Helm of Court Plan
March 22, 2012 - The Missouri Bar President Comments on Resolution Aimed at Letting Politicians Hand-Pick Judges
April 26, 2012 - The Missouri Bar President Comments on Senate's First Round Approval of Resolution that Puts Political Appointees at Helm of Court
May 10, 2012 - The Missouri Bar President Comments on Legislature’s Approval of Resolution that Would Politicize Missouri’s Non-Partisan Court Plan
June 23, 2012 - Martin Casas Blog Entry: Why I Support the Non Partisan Missouri Court Plan
June 7, 2012 - Montee Law Firm Blog: Changing Missouri’s Nonpartisan Court Plan is a Bad Idea
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