Missouri's judges could be due a multi-million-dollar pay increase if their counterparts in the federal government win a court case seeking a retroactive pay hike.
The potential pay increase could affect more than 400 judges in Missouri. It even could lead to pay increases for dozens of full-time local prosecutors.
That's because a 2010 decision by a Missouri salary commission links the pay of Missouri judges to that of federal judges. And a separate Missouri law links the salaries of full-time prosecutors to those of associate circuit judges.
Missouri's judiciary is making plans to do more business electronically.
Chief Justice Mary Russell says the state court system will be expanding the availability of electronic filing for attorneys and the ability of the public to view those documents.
Electronic filing already is used in the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals and the trial courts in 15 counties and the city of St. Louis. Russell says 12 more counties will start using electronic document filing later this year, and 30 others should join next year.
Legislation that could ease the caseload of Missouri public defenders is being considered by Gov. Jay Nixon.
The measure would allow the public defender system to ask the presiding judge of a judicial circuit for a conference to discuss caseload issues. The judge could decide whether to grant relief in a particular case.