Terms Used In Missouri Laws 221.320

  • En banc: In the bench or "full bench." Refers to court sessions with the entire membership of a court participating rather than the usual quorum. U.S. courts of appeals usually sit in panels of three judges, but may expand to a larger number in certain cases. They are then said to be sitting en banc.
  • State: when applied to any of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories, and the words "United States" includes such district and territories. See Missouri Laws 1.020

In each county of the state the presiding judge of the circuit court, or such other judge or judges as may be determined by local circuit court rule, may, upon the petition of fifteen reputable citizens or upon the motion of a majority of the court en banc, appoint six persons, three of whom shall be women, and not more than three shall have the same political affiliations, who shall constitute a board of county visitors, all of whom, upon the fixed appointment, shall serve for one year and shall constitute the board of visitors for the inspection of all corrective institutions supported by such county.  The members of the board shall serve without compensation and shall enjoy the same immunity from lawsuits as judicial officers.