This site is for St. Louis County, Mo., residents who plan to vote on Nov. 8, 2016

Many of you will vote for the offices at the top of ballot, but ignore the judicial races at the bottom.  If history is a guide, up to a quarter of you will skip those races.

That would be a mistake.  Ignoring those races, or automatically pulling the “yes” lever, is what has allowed Associate Judge Dale Hood to remain on the bench despite unprecedented opposition from the Missouri Bar.   In 2008 and 2012, the poll of lawyers who practiced before Hood gave him a “do not retain” recommendation. In each year, he was the only judge in the state to get that designation.

This year, the Bar rated 49 judges statewide.  Forty-four received 100 percent approval from the 21-member panel.  Three judges got 95 percent and one got 81.  Judge Hood got 5 percent.   Anything lower than 50 percent is deemed unworthy of retention. The internals of the poll (right) paint this picture of Judge Hood: He’s unfair, unpleasant and incompetent.             

He scored particularly low in professional demeanor, being neutral and using the right law in deciding cases. His lowest score was in treating people in the courtroom with respect. His highest?  Starting court on time.               

In the 2008 and 2012 elections, Judge Hood, despite receiving thousands of fewer votes than any other judge on the ballot, managed to get majorities.This year, you can change that. Please look the material on this site, including the link the Missouri Bar poll.  And if you know anyone who has had experience in his courtroom, talk to them, even if they were winners there.


OCT. 27, 2016 | St. Louis Public Radio KWMU
48 judges face retention elections in November – 47 get passing marks from the Bar

Nearly every voter in Missouri is aware of the contests for president and governor. But there are also 48 trial and appellate judges who are hoping to remain on the bench through retention elections. Every year, the Missouri Bar Association’s judicial performance review committee releases its evaluations of the judges standing for retention. This year, […]


Editorial: Judge Dale Hood flunks the judicial retention test. By a lot.

Forty-nine Missouri judges will stand for retention on Nov. 8 in various judicial circuits across the state. Forty-eight of them received unanimous or overwhelming endorsement from a 21-member committee sponsored by the Missouri Bar that reviews judicial performance. The single exception is Associate Circuit Judge Dale W. Hood of the St. Louis County Circuit Court. […]


Sept. 29, 2016 |
News 4 Investigates: Bad judge? You be the judge

Dale Hood is an associate circuit judge in St. Louis County. He got slammed on his judicial performance review in 2016, with only one person on a 21 member committee voting “yes” on whether he met judicial performance standards. (Credit: KMOV) ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( –A report card, of sorts, that was released Thursday could help you […]


Sept. 29, 2016 |
Citizens urged to learn more about their judges before they vote Nov. 8

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Judicial Performance Review Committee today provided Missouri voters with their performance findings for 49 nonpartisan judges who will be up for retention in the Nov. 8, 2016, general election. All Missouri voters will have at least one judicial retention election appear on their ballot this November. “The Judicial Performance […]


SEPT. 30, 2016 | Missourinet
Missouri Judicial Performance Review Committee releases findings

An independent committee says nearly all of the nonpartisan Missouri judges up for retention votes in November meet performance standards. The Missouri Judicial Performance Review Committee says 44 of the 49 judges reviewed have received one hundred percent marks in overall performance standards. One judge did not meet the group’s standards. Committee chairman Dale Doerhoff […]


SEPT. 5, 2012 | St. Louis Public Radio KWMU
Mo. lawyers group recommends voters oust St. Louis County judge

The Missouri Bar Association is out with its judicial retention recommendations. The organization surveys judges, lawyers and jurors every election year to ask whether the state’s judges should be retained by voters in November. Of the 51 judges evaluated by the Bar, just one – St. Louis County Judge Dale Hood – did not get […]


Nov. 2, 2012 | Riverfront Times
Missouri Bar to St. Louis County Voters: Retain All Judges But Hood

Not popular in the Hood Every few years voters in St. Louis and St. Louis County get to choose whether to retain the judges appointed to their circuit courts by the governor’s office. This year 24 judges are up for retention in the city and county. Of those two dozen judges, only one earned a […]


Sept. 6, 2012 | St. Louis Post Dispatch
Missouri Bar panel recommends against retaining one judge in St. Louis County

ST. LOUIS • For the second time, St. Louis County Associate Judge Dale W. Hood faces a recommendation by fellow lawyers that voters should oust him in the Nov. 6 election. On Wednesday, the Missouri Bar’s judicial-review committees released their evaluations of all 51 judges who face retention this fall through the state’s Non-Partisan Court Plan. In […]


Sept. 5, 2012 |
Missouri Lawyers Group Recommends Voters Oust Judge

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Missouri Bar is recommending that voters oust a St. Louis County judge from the bench. The attorneys’ association recommended Wednesday that Associate Circuit Judge Dale Hood should not be retained in the November elections. The group recommended that all 50 of the other appellate and trial court judges up […]