Gov. Jay Nixon today announced the appointment of the Honorable Gary D. Witt to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District. Judge Witt, an Associate Circuit Judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit (Platte County) will fill a vacancy on the appellate court created by the retirement of the Honorable Harold "Hal" Lowenstein.
"In addition to serving on the bench in Platte County for nearly a dozen years, Judge Witt has heard several cases while sitting by special appointment on the Missouri Supreme Court and the Western District Court of Appeals," Gov. Nixon said. "He has the judicial experience in both civil and criminal cases that will serve the people of Missouri well in his new position. I congratulate him on this well-deserved appointment to the appellate court."
Judge Witt is a 1990 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law, and a 1987 graduate of William Jewell College. After graduating from law school, he went into private practice, becoming a partner at a Platte City law firm. Judge Witt represented Platte County in the Missouri House of Representatives from 1991 to 1996. As a state representative, he served as the chair of the House Judiciary and Ethics Committee and of the House Special Committee on Impeachment; he also served on numerous other commissions and committees while a House member.
In 1998, he was appointed by Gov. Mel Carnahan as an associate circuit judge for the Sixth Judicial Circuit. While on the bench in Platte County, he has served as president of the Missouri Probate and Associate Circuit Judges Association; on the executive council of the Missouri Judicial Conference; and as president of the Platte County Bar Association. Judge Witt has been active in the Platte County Historical Society; the MU Alumni Association; several wildlife and hunting organizations; and numerous other civic organizations.
Judge Witt was one of three appointees for this judgeship submitted to Gov. Nixon by the Appellate Judicial Commission for the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, under the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan.