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Circuit Judge Andy Matoesian to step down

matoesian andyCircuit Judge A. Andreas “Andy” Matoesian, the longest-serving judge in the 3rd Judicial Circuit, will retire on July 1.

Chief Judge William Mudge made the announcement Monday.

Matoesian, 81, has been in ill health for several months and away from the job, according to recent news reports.

He has been a judge since 1965, serving terms as a magistrate, associate and circuit judge. He has served continously as circuit judge since his first election to the post in 1980. He is believed to have held the bench longer than any current judge in Illinois.

He has presided over some of the county’s biggest trials, most notably the trial of Paula Sims, the Alton mother convicted of murdering her own child in 1989.

“I’ve enjoyed his countless stories and memories of the lawyers that practiced before him and the trials he has presided over,” Mudge said. “I thank him for his dedicated years of service to the citizens of Madison and Bond counties.”

Matoesian, who now lives in Edwardsville, was born and raised in Granite City.  He is married to Julie Matoesian and the father of Jane and the late Georgea Matoesian.  Matoesian attended the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University for his undergraduate study and received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1964 from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Mo.  He is presently assigned to the Civil Division.


  1. Carolyn Gilmer on May 28, 2023 at 8:00 pm

    I wanted the Judge Andy Matoesian to know that I am still using his homemade nut cracker that he made for me and sent it to me in the mail when I worked at a medical supply company he ordered from in Ridgeland, Ms. close to maybe but I’m guessing maybe 25 years ago.
    I just wanted to say hi to him and to thank him again.
    I also have pens but I believe they are packed up somewhere when we moved this last time.

  2. Carolyn Gilmer on May 28, 2023 at 8:01 pm

    My name is Carolyn Gilmer. I have a handmade nut cracker that the Judge made for me over 24 years ago. Just wanted to say hello to the Judge

  3. Carolyn gilmer on May 28, 2023 at 8:02 pm

    Thank you

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