Missouri Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge recently recognized Judge David L. Hoven for participation in the judicial transfer and partnership programs during a ceremony honoring exemplary service to the people of Missouri.

The ceremony was held Oct. 8 as 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 held in St. Louis.

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.

“We are so pleased with how well the judicial transfer and partnership programs have been working,” Breckenridge 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.”

Judge Hoven has served Franklin County as an associate circuit judge since January 2005. In that time, he has heard cases in 18 counties, as far away as Jackson and Stoddard, all on assignment by the Missouri Supreme Court.