The judicial article of the constitution had been amended in 1957 to introduce the so-called “Missouri Plan” for the selection of justices of the state supreme court. In 1972, the legislature proposed a revision that replaced the entire article. It introduced the concept of a unified court system and made the Missouri Plan of judicial selection available for lower court judges on an optional basis. The amendment was approved by the voters, 349, 264 to 211, 026. The judicial power of this state shall be vested exclusively in one court of justice, which shall be...
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