As a Judge...

AS A JUDGE, BRENT ELLIOTT HAS EARNED A REPUTATION AS PROMPT, DISCIPLINED, FAIR AND IMPARTIAL.  IN ADDITION TO RENDERING VERDICTS BASED UPON COMMON SENSE REASONING AND APPLICATION OF THE LAW, HE STRIVES TO IMPROVE THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM.


2001, January – Appointed DeKalb County Associate Circuit Judge to fill unexpired term of Honorable Warren L. McElwain, who was elected Division I 43rd Circuit Judge.


2001, April – Ordered criminal cases involving inmates from Western Missouri Correctional Center and Crossroads Correctional Facility to be heard at the prisons.  According to retired corrections superintendent Mike Kemna, “Judge Elliott made our citizens safer and, at the same time, saved taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.”


2002, Elected DeKalb County Associate Circuit Judge with 70% of vote.  Re-elected 2006 unopposed.

2003,  Missouri Association of Counties – Missouri’s Outstanding County Program – Awarded to DeKalb County for Judge Elliott’s Inmate Public Service Program.  (Judge Elliott ordered non-violent, low risk, inmates perform public service work while incarcerated.  Inmates who would otherwise sit in jail all day were put to work beautifying and improving county property. 


2005,  Missouri Association of Counties – Missouri’s Outstanding County Program – Awarded to DeKalb County as first county to implement 43rd Circuit’s safer, more efficient Court Services Program.  Probationers are monitored more closely by direct employees of the court. The supervision is paid for by probationers being supervised and not taxpayers.  Surplus funds are used to improve counties’ security.



 

2007, Judge Elliott ordered unemployed probationers perform up to eight hours public service work each day they are unemployed.  Probationers learn responsibility while public and not for profit organizations receive thousands of hours of public service work.


2009, February, Appointed to fill retiring Division II 43rd Circuit Judge Stephen Griffin’s unexpired term pending 2010 election. Appointed by Missouri Supreme Court to serve on Committee to Establish Rules and Protocols for Closed Circuit Transmission systems.


2010, Elected unopposed to serve unexpired term of Judge Griffin.  Also, Judge Elliott orders prison cases heard utilizing closed circuit transmission systems.  Utilizing this system makes taxpayers even safer and saves taxpayers thousands of dollars in transportation costs.


2011, Unanimously selected by the other six judges of the 43rd Circuit to serve as Presiding Circuit Judge.


2012, Elected to six-year term as 43rd Judicial Circuit Division II Judge.


2014 to present, Assigned by Missouri Supreme Court to preside over numerous murder, rape, and other serious felony cases.