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Hon. Jeffrey Bates

Mo. Court Of Appeals


Judge Jeffrey W. Bates was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District, on Nov. 14, 2003, for a term beginning on Dec. 1. He was retained in the November 2018 general election for a 12-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2030.

Judge Bates received his Juris Doctor in 1984 from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. He received his B.S. in 1979 from Missouri State University (formerly Southwest Missouri State University).

From 1984 to 2003, Judge Bates was engaged in private civil trial practice in Springfield.

Judge Bates was born in 1958 in Petersburg, Virginia. He is married to Harriet, and they have three sons and three daughters.