The Webster Groves City Council selected James Leritz as the new Municipal Court Judge at the May 16 City Council Meeting. Leritz will begin his role in July.
"We are happy to announce the appointment of James Leritz as the newest municipal judge,” said Laura Arnold, Mayor of Webster Groves. “His wealth of experience, unwavering commitment to justice, and exceptional legal acumen make him an invaluable asset to our city. We are confident that he will uphold the highest standards of integrity, fairness, and impartiality, ensuring that justice is served for the community. He brings a fresh perspective and a deep dedication to public service, and we are honored to welcome him to the role.”
Leritz is currently a partner at Leritz & Plunkert, PC. Prior to this, he worked as an Assistant Circuit Attorney in the City of St. Louis and served as staff counsel for the Missouri State Senate. He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri. He will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable James Whitney. Judge Whitney has served the City of Webster Groves for 26 years.
“I am honored to have been selected by the City Council,” said Judge Leritz. “I will do my best to make sure that those who appear before the court are informed about the proceedings and their options, and that their concerns are heard. I hope to foster our citizens’ confidence in the court and the judicial system.”
The Municipal Court Judge serves as the chief judicial officer of the Webster Groves Municipal Court and performs a variety of routine and complex work in the arbitration of disputes, advises counsel, litigants, court personnel, and administers the court pursuant to Missouri State Statutes and Missouri Supreme Court rules.