In her State of the Judiciary speech this week, Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge touted some of the improvements in the judicial system in Missouri including municipal court reforms, particularly in St. Louis County, that have made the courts more fair. She also called for a review of the way courts hold people in jail before trial. These costly pretrial incarcerations have adverse effects on poor people she noted. She also joined the chorus of people calling for higher pay for all state workers, including those in the courts.
In a response to Governor Greitens who last week called the judicial system “broken” and in need of tort reform, Chief Justice Breckenridge said citizens can be “proud” of their courts where they can resolve disputes peaceably and where their constitutional rights are protected.