Richard T Standridge 16th Judicial Circuit (Jackson County)

Recommendations

The 16th Circuit Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee recommends that Judge Richard T. Standridge BE RETAINED.

Position

Associate Circuit Judge

Evaluation Year

2010

Background

Judge Standridge was appointed associate circuit judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit in June 1993. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri State University. He received his law degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

He is a member of The Missouri Bar and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. He is also a member of Congregation Beth Torah.

For many years, Judge Standridge maintained a website called “Court Rules Central,” which made the rules of the federal and Missouri courts available to the public without charge.

Discussion

Attorneys who responded to survey questions rated Judge Standridge on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 representing a response of “not at all,” and 5 representing “completely.” He received his highest scores for: maintains and requires order and decorum in the courtroom (4.38); treats people equally regardless of race, gender, ethnicity (etc.) (4.31); and understands rules of procedure and evidence (4.26). He received his lower scores for: gives reasons for rulings (3.96); weighs all evidence fairly and impartially before rendering a decision (3.98); allows parties latitude to present their arguments (4.00); and demonstrates appropriate demeanor on bench (4.00). However, the committee notes that Judge Standridge’s lower scores were far above the average for retention.

The committee did not review juror responses to surveys, as associate circuit judges do not regularly conduct jury trials.

The committee also reviewed a written order submitted by Judge Standridge which dealt with a legal issue typical of those encountered by associate circuit judges. The committee finds the order to be well reasoned and clearly written.

Survey Results
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