Presiding Judge Kate Schaefer

Division 1 Courtroom — Room 302

Judge Kate Schaefer received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with an Emphasis in Legal Studies from Missouri Western State University in 2000.  She received her law degree from Chapman University School of Law in 2003.

Judge Schaefer is the Presiding Judge of the 5th Judicial Circuit.  Prior to taking the bench, Judge Schaefer was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Buchanan County until December, 2018.   Judge Schaefer was elected Circuit Judge in 2018. Her present term expires December 31, 2024.

Judge Schaefer presides over a variety of circuit court civil and criminal cases in Andrew and Buchanan counties.  Civil cases include domestic relations (divorce and paternity), personal injury and property damage jury trials involving claims of more than $25,000.00, and actions for injunctive relief, criminal cases involving guilty pleas or jury trials for felony offenses.

Judge Schaefer and her husband, Mike, have three children, Brittan, Brooklyn and Drexel.

Mailing Address:
The Honorable Kate SchaeferBuchanan
County Courthouse
Division 1 Circuit Court
411 Jules Street
St. Joseph, MO 64501

Division 1 Court Clerk (816) 271-1447
Court Reporter (816) 271-1473
Secretary (816) 271-1511