31st Circuit Judicial Commission

300 Hammons Parkway
Springfield, MO 65806

Phone: (417)-895-6825
Fax: (417)-895-6817

Website: http://www.courts.mo.gov/

Details on Board or Commission

Authority: Article 5, Section 25d

Mission: The 31st Circuit Judicial Commission helps fill judicial vacancies, pursuant to the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan, in Greene County.



Details on Meetings

Number of meetings: variable; depends on judicial vacancies

Location of meetings: Springfield

Duration of meetings: variable

Preparation time for meetings: variable; involves interviewing applicants for judicial vacancies

Total time commitment: variable; could range up to 25 hours or more per vacancy, up to 6 vacancies per year

Details on Members

Total members: 5

Appointed members: 2

Term length:

Compensation: Members receive reimbursement for realized and necessary expenses.

Member Requirements: one member must be the chief judge of the court of appeals within which the 31st Circuit Judicial Commission is situated; two members must be members of the bar residing in the 31st circuit and must be elected by members of the bar residing in the 31st circuit; two members must be non-bar members and must be residents of the 31st circuit

Political Requirements: no member of the Commission other than the judge shall hold any public office, and no member shall hold any official position in a political party

Geographic Requirements: yes, members must reside in the circuit

Senate Consent Required: No


The Honorable Mary Sheffield
Chief Judge, Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District

Mrs. Joann J. Hosmer
Governor Appointed Member 1
Term begins: Apr 20, 2015
Term expires: Dec 31, 2020

Mr. Steven Lee Stepp
Governor Appointed Member 2
Term begins: Aug 9, 2013
Term expires: Dec 31, 2018

Ms. Laurel Stevenson
Lawyer 1
Term expires: Dec 31, 2023

Mr. Steven Garner
Lawyer 2
Term expires: Dec 31, 2019