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 Sandra Farragut-Hemphill
Circuit Judge, Division 3
Family Court Administrative Judge
Sandra Farragut-Hemphill was appointed circuit judge in January of 2016 by Gov. Jeremiah W. "Jay" Nixon.
Judge Farragut-Hemphill received her Bachelor of Science degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, and her law degree from the University of Florida School of Law in Gainesville.
From 1979 through 1981, she worked at the Jacksonville, FL, Legal Aid Society. In 1982 she moved to St. Louis and was admitted to the Missouri Bar and the United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri. She worked as a staff attorney at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri from 1983 through 1986.
Judge Farragut-Hemphill served as an assistant county counselor for St. Louis County from 1986 to 1988. From 1988 until her appointment as an associate circuit judge in 1991, Judge Farragut-Hemphill was a partner at the law firm of Cahill, White and Hemphill. She was an adjunct professor at the Washington University School of Law and St. Louis University School of Law.
In March of 1998, Judge Farragut-Hemphill was elected President of the Missouri Association of Probate and Associate Circuit Judges. She is a former board member of the Matthews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club and the Girl Scout Council of Greater St. Louis. She is a member of the Missouri Bar, National Bar Association, Mound City Bar Association, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Women Lawyers' Association, St. Louis County Bar Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and The Links, Inc.
Judge Farragut-Hemphill lives in St. Louis County. She has two children.
Division 3 uses video technology for all matters including, settlement conferences, motion hearings and trials.
All video matters will be by WebEx and for the link to Division 3 click on the link contained in the box to the right of the screen. All matters in Division 3 may be accessed by the link.
For rules regarding video conferencing appearances and hearings in St. Louis County, please review Administrative Order 43
If parties and/or attorneys need to schedule a matter in Division 3 you may sign up by use of the acuity link or contact the Division 3 clerk at (314) 615-1503.
All matters will be heard via the Webex app. You and/or your attorney will be able to participate by using a laptop or computer with a webcam or your smart phone to access the hearing. You must use a device which will allow you to be visible to the court. Below is the information you will need to join the meeting. Before entering the meeting, you must type in your full name before you can join the hearing. Please join the hearing at least 5 minutes before the designated time in that the virtual hearing time slots are for a specific period of time. Please mute your microphone upon entry to the meeting.
Prior to the hearing, please be sure to download the Webex app, ensure that your video camera works, and rename your Webex username to your full name.
You may join Division 3 proceedings by entering the Courtroom via Webex by:
* URL: https://mocourts.webex.com/meet/vcdiv3mtg
* Meeting Number: 146 569 4409 (www.webex.com and "join" the meeting)
* Join by phone: +1-408-418-9388 (tolls apply); enter Meeting Number: 146 569 4409
RECORDING IS PROHIBITED
Recording or creating images of any portion of Court proceedings is strictly prohibited by the Missouri Supreme Court, by Local Rule 9.5, and by standing Order of this Division.
Beginning March 15, 2021, Zoom is no longer being used for order of protection hearings. All order of protection cases are being heard remotely by Webex. You can access Webex by going to www.webex.com or downloading the Webex app on your smart phone or tablet.
All motions, settlement conferences and Adoptions are set by using Acuity. For all other matters, please contact the Division 3 clerk at (314) 615-1503.
Floor: 1 South
1. ADOPTIONS: GENERAL INFORMATION Effective January 1, 2019 attorneys shall not be permitted to set an adoption matter for hearing unless the following procedures, if applicable are completed:
A. The Circuit Clerk has set an initial hearing on the matter AND a GAL has been appointed
B. Consent by both parents has been obtained
C. Service and/or publication is completed
D. CD subsidy has been approved and allocated
E. TPR is completed
F. Putative Father registry information is filed
G. CAN check completed and filed
H. Criminal background check completed and filed
2. VIDEO ADOPTIONS: During the COVID-19 Pandemic all adoptions will be conducted via ZOOM.
3. ADOPTION JUDGMENTS FOR DIV. 3: Effective January 1, 2019 attorneys are requested to use the following forms for a Judgment and Decree of Adoption.
a. Judgment and Decree of Adoption (standard, step-parent and child over 14 years of age)
b. Judgment and Decree of Adoption (Adult)
c. Judgment and Decree of Recognition of Adoption of Child In Foreign Country