St. Louis County Courts

Family Court Meeting Minutes

ST. LOUIS COUNTY FAMILY COURT MOVING QUICKLY TO ACHIEVE GOALS OF AGREEMENT WITH U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Independent Auditors Give Court High Marks for Protecting Rights, Best Interests of Juveniles CLAYTON – The St. Louis County Circuit Court has made substantial progress toward meeting the goals of a Memorandum of Agreement reached with the U.S. Department of Justice in December of 2016, according to an independent review released today. The independent review gave the Court high ratings for: • Developing a uniform process for the appointment of juvenile defense counsel; • Hiring of an additional full-time defense attorney to represent juveniles; • Best practices training for all appointed juvenile defense attorneys; • Creating and implementing a statement…

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FAMILY COURT MEETING MINUTES – JUNE 5, 2018

Those Present: Judges Donnelly, Beach, Waldemer, Essner, Ghasedi, Zellweger, Dodson, Schroeder, Borbonus, Commissioners McKee, Cunningham, Greaves, and Terri Johnson, Ben Burkemper, Tom Weber, Joan Gilmer, and Michelle LaBeaume Approval of Minutes from the March 27, 2018 Meeting Motion was made to approve the minutes of the March 27, 2018 meeting. Motion seconded and passed. The minutes from the March 27, 2018 meeting were approved. DMC Bi-Annual Report Presentation The following non-members were present for the DMC presentation: Jacqueline Concannan and Emily Keller, attorneys from the Department of Justice, Mark Greenwald, Director of Research for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice…

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY FAMILY COURT CONTINUES PROGRESS MEETING GOALS OF AGREEMENT WITH U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Sharp Drop in Number of Juveniles in Detention as Award-Winning Community Collaboration Efforts Grow throughout the Region CLAYTON – The St. Louis County Family Court continues to make substantial progress toward achieving the goals of a 2016 agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, according to an independent review released today. The review praised Judge Thea Sherry, Administrative Judge for the Family Court, for her “passion for and commitment to,” juvenile justice, noting that her “leadership has in large part facilitated the ‘can do” attitude … observed throughout the court system.” The review was prepared by Judge Arthur E. Grim, a…

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FAMILY COURT MEETING MINUTES NOVEMBER 28, 2017

Those Present: Judges Sherry, Beach, Ghasedi, Donnelly, Hilton, Smith, Dodson, Commissioners Monahan, Cunningham, Greaves, and McKee, Terri Johnson, Ben Burkemper, Tom Weber, Kim Stewart, Christy Bertelson, Kylie Seiffert, and Michelle LaBeaume Approval of Minutes from the September 26, 2017 Meeting Motion was made to approve the minutes of the September 26, 2017 meeting. Motion seconded and passed. The minutes from the September 26, 2017 meeting were approved. Report on Resource Center Terri Johnson reported that they are able to move the cases quickly, but there are more complicated matters with interesting issues being filed as the years go by. She expressed her desire to…

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