Judge John D. Beger, of the 25th Judicial Circuit, was recently recognized for participation in the judicial transfer and partnership programs.

The judicial transfer and partnership programs maximize the efficient use of Missouri’s available judicial resources. In the partnership program, presiding judges of the partnered circuits, through direct and continuous consultation, arrange for the transfer of judicial resources. In the transfer program, the presiding judge of a circuit can ask the Supreme Court of Missouri to assign a judge from anywhere in the state to hear cases in the circuit.

The Sept. 14 ceremony was part of the annual meeting of the Judicial Conference of Missouri, the organization of all state judges, which was held in conjunction with the annual meeting of The Missouri Bar at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center.

“We are so pleased with how well the judicial transfer and partnership programs have been working,” Missouri Chief Justice Zel M. Fischer said. “We have qualified, capable and experienced judges in Missouri, and we appreciate the service of those who travel outside their home counties to hear cases throughout the state.

“This is a much-needed judicial service that ultimately helps ensure the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of Missouri’s courts and their availability to resolve the people’s disputes.”

Beger has served as a circuit judge since Jan. 1, 2015. He previously practiced law throughout southern Missouri for 31 years before he was elected Phelps County prosecuting attorney in 2010 and served his four-year term through the end of 2014.

Beger earned his bachelor’s degree in 1976 from University of Missouri in Columbia and his law degree in 1978.

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