The St. Louis County Circuit Court is comprised of twenty-one (21) Circuit Judges, fourteen (14) Associate Circuit Judges and eight (8) Commissioners. Each judge and commissioner is assigned to a specific division, except for the Probate Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner.
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Honorable Jason D. Dodson
Circuit Judge, Division 10
Civil and Criminal
Jason D. Dodson was appointed circuit judge on January 31, 2020 by Gov. Mike Parson. He previously served as an associate circuit judge following his appointment in 2016 by Gov. Jeremiah W. "Jay" Nixon.
Judge Dodson received his Bachelor of Arts with honors in philosophy from Bates College in Lewiston, ME, in 1992, and his law degree from Washington University School of Law in 1996, where he received The Order of Barristers and Pro Bono Bronze Medal commendations.
Judge Dodson spent the early portion of his career in private practice litigating a variety of civil cases. Before his appointment to the bench, he spent 10 years at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri where he acted as managing attorney of its domestic violence family law unit, known as the Lasting Solutions Program, beginning in 2008. He is an avid proponent of pro bono service to those who need legal help but cannot afford it.
Judge Dodson served two terms on the Missouri Child Support Guidelines Review Subcommittee. Since 2017, he has served on the Missouri Supreme Court's Committee on Access to Family Courts. He is a member of the Missouri Bar, American Bar Association, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, St. Louis County Bar, Women Lawyers' Association and the Mound City Bar Association.
Judge Dodson lives in St. Louis County with his family.
Division Clerk: April Moore - 314-615-1510 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Bailiff - Jerome Billings
Updated August 10, 2020
Things to know:
Judge Dodson presides over dockets of:
1) Circuit Civil Cases
2) Pending Domestic Violence Criminal Cases
3) Criminal Domestic Violence Court Compliance Cases
4) Division 10 Probation Revocation Cases
5) Indirect Criminal Contempt and Civil Contempt cases in Domestic Violence Court (for violations of Orders of Protection)
In general, Division 10 is NOT having in-person hearings or conferences, consistent with the orders from the Presiding Judge and the Missouri Supreme Court. Unless Judge Dodson has ordered a personal appearance, conferences and hearings will be held remotely via Zoom.
This does NOT apply to the Order of Protection cases on the contempt dockets. Petitioners and Respondents should plan to appear in person unless an attorney on the case has directed them to not appear.
USE OF EMAIL: Do not make arguments or requests for relief by email to the judge or clerk unless the judge has specifically requested that. Unless there is an agreed-upon order, contested motions should be set for hearing. If any email is sent, all counsel must be cc'd on the email. Email should not be used to communicate with the court if there is a self-represented litigant.
COMING SOON: Division 10 will use Acuity to schedule many conferences and hearing settings. The links to do that will appear on the Division 10/Judge Dodson webpage.
CRIMINAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COURT COMPLIANCE DOCKETS
1) Division 10's Criminal Domestic Violence Court settings are typically held the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 1:00 p.m.
2) All persons on probation shall appear and may appear by Zoom UNLESS the Judge has instructed you to appear in person.
3) All Probation Officers may appear by Zoom.
PROBATION REVOCATION DOCKETS
1) These dockets are held Thursday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. Domestic Violence probation revocation cases are typically set the first and third Thursdays of the month.
2) If you are on probation and were served an order from the Court for a hearing, you should appear in by Zoom for your court date at this time. Failure to appear, even by Zoom, may result in a warrant. If you have questions about this as you should call Ms. Moore, the Division 10 Clerk, at 314-615-1510.
1) Case Management Conferences (CMCs) are scheduled for 10 to 15 minutes each, no more. These are designed to briefly discuss the status of the case and obtain another setting. Short motions that can fit into that time slot may be addressed at that time.
2) Motions needing more than 10-15 minutes require a special setting. These are usually set on select days in the late morning or afternoon. At this time, please contact Ms. Moore for special settings by email.
3) Asking for ADDITIONAL TIME or LEAVE to file something? Please confer with other counsel on the case and indicate in the motion if they consent or do not consent. If counsel does not consent, please set the matter for hearing and properly notice the motion. If the motion does not indicate consent or lack of consent, the motion will likely be ignored until it is set for hearing.
4) If a case has a hearing during which the attorneys will use exhibits that are not part of the record, exhibits may be emailed to Ms. Moore as .pdfs in advance of the hearing.
PENDING CRIMINAL CASES
1) Conferences (pretrial/status/case management) on pending criminal cases will be held via Zoom and are scheduled Monday and Thursday mornings, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
2) Motions addressing bond can usually be heard at 10:00 a.m., after the call of the 9:00 a.m. docket.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COURT CONTEMPT CASES (Orders of Protection)
1) These dockets occur twice a month. Division 10 typically holds its docket on the second Friday of each month.
2) All cases are held in courtroom S01 (street level), NOT Division 10's typical courtroom (Room 482).
3) Civil Contempt cases are set at 1:00 p.m. Respondents on these case must appear in person unless the DV Court Compliance Staff or the judge has instructed you not to appear.
4) Indirect Criminal Cases are set at 2:00 p.m. Respondents on these cases must appear in person. Petitioners and witnesses must appear in person if the case is for trial.
5) Attorneys - exhibits for hearings should be emailed as .pdfs to DVCourt2@courts.mo.gov in advance of the hearing.
FOR PROBATION OFFICERS
If you need to reach Division 10, it is strongly preferred that you email email@example.com with questions, including the Zoom Meeting IDs, or requests rather than call. Again, please email and do not call. It will be especially helpful if you include the case number and Defendant's name in the subject line.
THANK YOU and feel free to check this page frequently for updates as things change and evolve during this challenging time.