Chief Justice Gives “State of Judiciary”

On Tuesday, Chief Justice Zel M. Fischer gave the “State of Judiciary” speech to a joint session of the General Assembly. He noted that the state of Missouri’s judiciary is good with improvements in uniform bar examinations for law students and innovations in technology. He said Missouri faces challenges in its criminal justice system with an incarceration rate well above the national average. Fischer also urged the General Assembly to pass the recommendations of the Justice Reinvention Task Force to reduce recidivism and improve public safety, and touted the work of drug treatment courts in breaking the cycle of drugs and crime, but noted there were still 15 counties with no access to any type of treatment courts. Fischer has promised to work toward the expansion of drug courts.