Judge  Cynthia L. Martin has been  elected by her colleagues on the Western District of the Missouri Court of Appeals to serve  as Chief Judge. Her two-year term began July 1, 2020.   Judge Robert G. Dowd Jr. has been elected chief judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District.

The chief judge serves as the chief administrative officer of the Court,  presents the Court’s budget to the legislature and approves all financial transactions involving the Court. The chief judge also assigns the Court’s 11 judges to panels that will hear appeals and petitions for extraordinary writs, and designates the presiding judges of those panels.

Judge Martin was appointed to the Western District in October 2009. Prior to her appointment, she was a private practitioner for 25 years, with a practice that emphasized commercial litigation, general business representation, public law representation, and business and real estate transactions.   Judge Martin earned her undergraduate degrees from William Jewell College.  She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

Of her appointment, Chief Judge Martin stated: “The Western District of the Missouri Court of Appeals has a long history of serving the citizens of the state by providing timely, thorough, and reasoned analysis of the legal issues presented to us. Maintenance of the public trust in our system of justice, and of the integrity of an independent judiciary, are foundational principles that guide the Court’s work. I am humbled by the Court’s trust, and will endeavor during my term as chief judge to ensure that the Court continues to efficiently, effectively, and fairly serve the citizens of the state of Missouri. ”