Jim Kanatzar

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Jim Kanatzar
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Court Information:
Missouri 16th Judicial Circuit Court
Title:   Judge
Position:   Division 5
Appointed by:   Gov. Jay Nixon
Active:   2011-2018
Preceded by:   W. Stephen Nixon
Past post:   Prosecutor, Jackson County
Past term:   2009-2011
Past post 2:   Deputy prosecuting attorney, Jackson County
Past term 2:   2002-2007
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Creighton University, 1989
Law School:   University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, 1992

Jim Kanatzar is a circuit court judge for Division 5 of the 16th Circuit Court in Missouri. Kanatzar was to this position by Governor Jay Nixon on March 31, 2011 and his current term will expire in 2018.[1][2]


Kanatzar received his undergraduate degree from Creighton University in 1989 and his J.D. from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law in 1992.[3]


Awards and associations


  • Recipient, Louis Lombardo Prosecutor of the Year Award
  • Recipient, Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award from Jackson County
  • Recipient, Patriotic Employer Award from the U.S. Department of Defense


  • Member, Kansas Bar
  • Member, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member, Eastern Jackson County Bar Association
  • Former member, Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys
  • Member, Missouri Supreme Court's Regional Disciplinary Committee for the Greater Kansas City area
  • Missouri Bar
    • Member, Criminal Law Committee
    • Member, Board of Governors[2][3]

See also

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