Members of the St. Louis County Judicial Speakers Bureau are available to speak to elementary, middle and high school groups, universities, town hall meetings, churches and civic organizations on a wide range of topics, at no charge. Please send us your request at least three weeks in advance, and let us know how long you would like the judge to speak.
CLAYTON, MO – May 18, 2018 – A report released today by the St. Louis County Family Court shows that progress continues to be made in addressing racial disparities within the juvenile justice system. The report looked at how thousands of cases involving black youth in 2017 were handled at each step in the legal process. Those steps included: informal referrals to court for alleged misdemeanors that did not result in filed charges; secure detention before adjudication; adjudication; formal disposition for cases that resulted in commitment to the Missouri Department of Youth Services; and certification as adults for serious felonies.…Read More
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…Read More
Wait list, help from private attorneys, streamlining criminal processing among options to help manage caseloads, avoid ethical dilemmas for public defenders and courts CLAYTON, MO – Feb. 20, 2018 – Against a backdrop of looming public defender crises across the state, St. Louis County Presiding Judge Douglas R. Beach has 30 days to rule on a motion by the Missouri State Public Defender’s office to avert a similar crisis in St. Louis County by creating a public defender wait list, triaging probation violations, or enlisting the help of private attorneys to represent indigent defendants. The recommendations were presented to the…Read More