Governor Mike Parson Appoints the Hon. Rochelle Woodiest as Associate Circuit Judge for 22nd Judicial Circuit Court

The 22nd Judicial Circuit Court of the State of Missouri, which proudly serves the City of St. Louis, is today pleased to share that Governor Mike Parson has announced the appointment of the Hon. Rochelle Woodiest as its newest Associate Circuit Judge.

The Hon. Rochelle Woodiest

The appointment fills the vacancy created by the recent appointment of the Hon. Thomas A. McCarthy to Circuit Judge.

Commissioner Woodiest currently serves as one of two commissioners who oversee the 22nd Judicial Circuit’s award-winning Treatment Court program, having been appointed in 2013 and recommissioned in 2017 and 2021. In this role, she presides in both the adult drug court and family and juvenile courts.

Commissioner Woodiest earned a B.A. from Iowa State University and a J.D. from St. Louis University.

A passionate and devoted public servant, Woodiest also previously spent more than 10 years as a trial attorney for the City of St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office, including more than four years as the Director of Drug Court Prosecution in the adult drug court program.

Governor Parson Appoints the Hon. Craig K. Higgins as Circuit Judge for 22nd Judicial Circuit Court

The 22nd Judicial Circuit Court of the State of Missouri, which proudly serves the City of St. Louis, is today pleased to share that Governor Mike Parson has announced the appointment of the Hon. Craig K. Higgins, as its newest Circuit Judge.

The Hon. Craig K. Higgins

The appointment fills the vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of the Hon. James Sullivan.

Judge Higgins, a lifelong resident of the City of St. Louis who grew up in the Jeff-Vander-Lou neighborhood, currently serves as an Associate Circuit Judge for the 22nd Judicial Circuit, having been appointed in 2019. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri at Columbia and a J.D. from Drake University.

Judge Higgins also previously spent more than 20 years serving in the Office of the City Counselor for the City of St. Louis, including more than seven years as Attorney Manager for the Municipal Prosecution Division.