Governor Parson Appoints the Hon. Thomas A. McCarthy as Circuit Judge for 22nd Judicial Circuit Court

The 22nd Judicial Circuit of the State of Missouri, which proudly serves the City of St. Louis, is pleased to share that today, Governor Mike Parson appointed the Hon. Thomas A. McCarthy as its newest Circuit Judge.

The Hon. Thomas A. McCarthy

The appointment fills the vacancy created by the retirement earlier this year by the Hon. David L. Dowd.

Judge McCarthy, of St. Louis, currently serves as one of the Court’s Associate Circuit Judges, having been appointed to that position in 2018. He earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Truman State University and his J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law.

Judge McCarthy also previously worked in private practice and served as both an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in St. Louis County and an Assistant City Counselor for the City of St. Louis.

Missouri Families 4 Families Honors 22nd Judicial Circuit’s Juvenile Division with Shining Light Award

The 22nd Judicial Circuit Court’s Juvenile Division was honored on Saturday, April 16 with the Shining Light Award from Missouri Families 4 Families for its Team Support Approach (TSA) and the positive impact it is having in improving the outcomes of justice involved youth in the City of St. Louis.

“The kids we serve work extremely hard and sometimes don’t receive the recognition they deserve,” said Amanda Sodomka, Chief Juvenile Officer for the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court. “That’s what makes this recognition so affirming. Thank you to Missouri Families 4 Families for shining a light on the many success stories of our youth, their families, their support networks, and communities.”

Under the TSA, key people are brought together to discuss youths’ strengths and needs, identify and provide resources, and make strength-based plans that will provide for the youth’s safety, repair harm to the victim(s) or community, and accountability through strengthening competency skills while ensuring community safety.

The goal of the TSA is to involve families and their support systems, community members, along with caregivers, service providers and agency staff in all decisions regarding planning options and to ensure a timely network of support for youth and the adults who care for them.

When possible, the family and community’s strengths are used to form a treatment plan that enable youth to safely remain home with appropriate services. When this is not possible, plans are made that reflect the least restrictive placement possible for each youth that will keep the child and community safe as well as preserve and nurture the child’s familial and community connections.

“It’s really all about teamwork. With the TSA, our Juvenile Division strives to achieve the principles that youth and families need strong, consistent, and nurturing communities in order to provide opportunities for them to do better, feel included in the decision-making process, and be set up for success in the future,” Sodomka added.

Established by parents from St. Louis, Springfield, and Jefferson City in 2006, Missouri Families 4 Families is a statewide nonprofit run by families. At least half of the parents/caregivers involved have children/youth with social, emotional, and/or behavioral needs. The staff are also parents/caregivers/grandparents with similar experiences.

According to the group, the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court’s Juvenile Division was selected for this year’s Shining Light Award because of its dedication to bridging the gap between families and the Court and providing positive support and services to those it serves.

You can watch the awards ceremony on the Missouri Families 4 Families Facebook page here.

Associate Circuit Judges Peebles, Roither Visit with Gravois Park Neighbors

With the continued and sustained decline of the level of COVID-19 viral activity in the St. Louis community, the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court is again accepting invitations to appear and speak at various public meetings and events.

Community engagement is extremely important to the Court, which is eager to re-engage with residents about a variety of relevant issues in a meaningful, informative, and constructive dialogue.

On Wednesday evening, Associate Circuit Judges Barbara K. Peebles and David A. Roither were on hand at the Rita Ford Community Center for a regular meeting of the Gravois Park Neighborhood Association.

Associate Circuit Judge Barbara K. Peebles speaking to engaged residents at the Rita Ford Community Center in Gravois Park on Wednesday, April 12.

The judges spoke about their individual judicial experiences, provided updates regarding Court operations and procedures and juvenile law in Missouri, and answered questions about public safety from those in attendance.

Associate Circuit Judge David A. Roither speaking to engaged residents at the Rita Ford Community Center in Gravois Park on Wednesday, April 12.

The Court would like to thank the neighbors of Gravois Park for having us!

If you and your organization are interested in having a judge come speak, please reach out to Chief Communications Officer Jacob Long at

22nd Circuit Commission Seeks Applicants for Impending Circuit, Associate Circuit Judicial Vacancies

The 22nd Circuit Judicial Commission (City of St. Louis) is accepting applications for the circuit judge vacancy created by the impending retirement of the Hon. James Sullivan and for the associate circuit judge vacancy that is expected to be created by Governor Michael L. Parson’s appointment of one of three associate circuit judges nominated to fill the circuit judge vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. David Dowd earlier this year.

The commission encourages qualified individuals to apply for judicial office. Qualifications for circuit judges and associate circuit judges may be found in article V, section 21 of the Missouri Constitution.

Application forms are linked below.

Application: Word | PDF

Instructions: Word | PDF

Applicants who previously applied for the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge David Dowd may send a letter to the chairperson of the commission requesting that their previous application be transferred to the current opening. Applicants who wish to be considered for both openings shall send two letters, one for each opening.  Please also send copies of such letters to each commissioner. 

Applications, including Page 1 Confidential Information, or any letters requesting the previous application be transferredmust be received by the chairperson no later than 5 p.m. May 6, 2022, although earlier submission is encouraged.  

The commission expects to conduct interviews June 6 and 7, 2022 in the Division Courtroom of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, at 815 Olive Street, St. Louis, Missouri. In accordance with Rule 10.28, the interviews will be open to the public. Immediately upon the conclusion of the public interviews, the commission expects to meet and select the nominees for both vacancies to be submitted to the governor.

The members of the 22nd Circuit Judicial Commission are: Sherri Sullivan, chief judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, and chairperson of the commission; Matt Devoti; J. Brent Dulle, secretary of the commission; Chris Goodson; and André Harris.