In 2010, Scott A. Lipke was elected Associate Circuit Judge in Cape Girardeau County and ran for re-election unopposed in 2014. His duties as Associate Circuit Judge include handling wide-ranging areas of the law including Juvenile, Civil, Probate, Civil Commitments, Guardianships, Adult Abuse and Child Protection Orders, Small Claims, Domestic, Child Support, Adult Criminal Drug Court, DWI Court, and Family Drug Court. Currently, he serves as a Board Member and Chairman of the Legislative Committee for the Missouri Association of Probate and Associate Circuit Judges, as well as having been appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court to the Family Court Committee and Circuit Court Budget Committee. Judge Lipke has also served on the Juvenile Detention Standards Workgroup and the Juvenile Weighted Workload Study Workgroup.
Judge Lipke obtained his B.S. in Political Science from Murray State University and J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law. He is a former Assistant Prosecuting Attorney of Cape Girardeau County. In 2002, Judge Lipke was elected as a State Representative and served in the Missouri House of Representatives representing parts of Cape Girardeau and Perry Counties until term-limited in 2010. During his legislative career, Judge Lipke was named Chairman of the Crime Prevention Committee for two terms and received numerous awards and special recognition from the Missouri Bar, Missouri Association of Probate and Associate Circuit Judges, Judicial Conference of Missouri, Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, and Missouri Sheriffs' Association.