Judge Robert L. Trout served as a Municipal Judge in Lone Jack from 1980 to 1987. He was appointed to the Circuit Court in 1987 by Governor Ashcroft. He obtained his J.D. degree from University of Missouri - Kansas City in 1975, and a B.A. degree from William Jewell College in 1971. Prior to assuming the bench, he practiced law in Blue Springs and Odessa. He is a past member of the State Public Defender Commission and former chair of the Jackson County University of Missouri Extension Council.