Gov. Jay Nixon today appointed the Honorable Patrick W. Campbell to Circuit Judge for the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit, which covers Jackson County. He will fill a vacancy on the circuit created by the retirement of the Honorable Charles Atwell.
Judge Campbell has served as a Family Court Commissioner for Jackson County since 2006. In that position, he presided over contested domestic bench trials, as well as managed the dockets for civil contempt, paternity and criminal non-support cases. Prior to becoming a commissioner, he was in private practice, where he handled civil, criminal and family law cases.
Judge Campbell obtained both his law and his undergraduate degrees from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. While in law school, he was on Law Review and was recognized with two writing awards.
"As a Family Law Commissioner, Judge Campbell has acquired the experience on the bench that will enable him to well serve the people of Jackson County as a Circuit Judge," Gov. Nixon said. "I am pleased to appoint him to this position."
Judge Campbell was one of three applicants submitted to Gov. Nixon for consideration by the 16th Circuit Judicial Commission under the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan.