- Division 1 - Hon. Brian H. May
- Division 2 - Hon. Maura B. McShane
- Division 3 - Hon. Sandra Farragut-Hemphill
- Division 4 - Hon. Joseph S. Dueker
- Division 5 - Hon. Thea A. Sherry
- Division 6 - Hon. Douglas R. Beach
- Division 7 - Hon. Mary Elizabeth Ott
- Division 8 - Hon. Dean P. Waldemer
- Division 9 - Hon. David Lee Vincent, III
- Division 10 - Hon. Michael T. Jamison
- Division 11 - Hon. Ellen Levy
- Division 12 - Hon. Stanley J. Wallach
- Division 13 - Hon. Bruce F. Hilton
- Division 14 - Hon. Kristine Kerr
- Division 15 - Hon. John D. Warner
- Division 16 - Hon. Michael Burton
- Division 17 - Hon. Joseph L. Walsh, III
- Division 18 - Hon. Ellen H. Ribaudo
- Division 19 - Hon. Gloria Clark Reno
- Division 20 - Hon. Margaret T. Donnelly
- Division 21 - Hon. Nancy Watkins McLaughlin
- Division 31 - Hon. Nicole S. Zellweger
- Division 32 - Hon. Mary Bruntrager Schroeder
- Division 33 - Hon. Jason D. Dodson
- Division 34 - Hon. Renée Hardin-Tammons
- Division 35 - Hon. John N. Borbonus
- Division 36 - Hon. Joseph L. Green
- Division 37 - Hon. John R. Essner
- Division 38 - Hon. John R. Lasater
- Division 39 - Hon. Ellen W. Dunne
- Division 40 - Hon. John Newsham
- Division 41 - Hon. Judy Preddy Draper
- Division 42 - Hon. Robert Heggie
- Division 43 - Hon. Mondonna L. Ghasedi
- Division 44 - Hon. Richard M. Stewart
- Division 46 - Hon. Megan Julian
- Division 47 - Hon. Peggy McCartney
- Division 61 - Hon. Diane M. Monahan
- Division 62 - Hon. Heather R. Cunningham
- Division 64 - Hon. Victoria Mullen McKee
- Division 65 - Hon. Mary Greaves
- Division 66 - Hon. Robert C. Weis
- Division 67 - Hon. Kimberly Coon
St. Louis County Courts
Floor: 2 South
Douglas R. Beach
Douglas R. Beach was appointed circuit court judge in May 2010 by Gov. Jeremiah W. "Jay" Nixon.
Judge Beach received his Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from Central Connecticut State University, and his law degree from the New England School of Law in 1973.
He served in the U.S. Marines as a JAG officer and spent three years as a Special Courts Martial Judge. He rose to the rank of Lt. Col. in the Marine Corps Reserve before retiring in 2002.
Judge Beach was in private legal practice in St. Louis for 28 years, listed in the "Best Lawyers in America" from 1991 until his appointment as an associate circuit judge in 2005. He was one of the original incorporators of the City of Chesterfield, and served as its first city attorney from its incorporation in 1988 until he was appointed to the bench.
In 2010, he spearheaded a successful campaign to pass a $100 million county-wide bond issue for the construction of a new Family Court building and major renovation of the existing courthouse. The project was completed on time and under budget in 2017. Additionally, Judge Beach helped establish St. Louis County's first Veterans Treatment Court program in 2015, providing veterans alternatives to incarceration.
In 2017, Judge Beach was elected by his peers as Presiding Judge of the 21st Judicial Circuit. As such, he played a pivotal role in overseeing sweeping reform of the St. Louis County municipal court system, helping ensure that all citizens are treated fairly and equitably. Under Judge Beach's supervision, municipal courts were consolidated for greater efficiency, adopted new professional standards mandated by the Missouri Supreme Court and state law, and took part in comprehensive training for municipal officials, clerks, members of law enforcement, attorneys and judges.
Judge Beach is past president of the St. Louis County Bar Association, and a fellow and past president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is a member of the Massachusetts and Missouri Bar associations as well as the Women Lawyers Association and the Hispanic Bar Association. He has served as co-chair of the Domestic Violence Council of St. Louis County, and traveled to Mexico for the U.S. State Department as part of a cultural exchange on issues involving domestic violence against women.
He is a member of the board of directors of the Children's Home Society, the program committee for Kids in the Middle and a certified matrimonial arbitrator. He is a frequent speaker on CLE programs on family law and municipal law, and taught business law at Washington University in St. Louis. Judge Beach is the author of two publications: "Trial Practice in Domestic Relations" and "Division of Marital Property in Missouri".
Non-Testimonial Motions: These motions are heard on a sign up docket (10 minutes or less) and are heard on Monday at 8:45 a.m. The moving party must sign up the case with the division clerk prior to 8:45 a.m., obtain the file and bring it to the division.
Testimonial Motions: These motions are signed up on the 1st floor Clerk's office. They are heard on Monday at 9:30 a.m. (15-30 minutes).
Paternity Docket: These motions are signed up on the 1st floor Clerk's office. They are heard on Monday at 9:30 a.m.
PDL Docket: Mondays at 1 p.m. Sign up on the 1st floor Clerk's office. Normally set for hearing later in the same week. All parties must be present.
Adult Abuse Compliance Docket: Monday at 2:00 p.m. Courtroom S0-1 on the Street Level.
Adult Abuse Docket/ Domestic Violence Docket: Monday at 2:00 p.m. The court does not generally continue these matters unless both parties agree. Parties should be prepared with any evidence they wish to present on the original date for the court appearance.
Victim Treatment Court: Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. For information call Mary Davis at (314) 615-2678. Trials set by the court.
?It is generally a good idea to check with the clerk to make certain which dates are available. (314) 615-1506
Each case must be pretried. It is the responsibility of the attorneys to set the first pretrial 30 days prior to the court date as indicated on the dismissal notice by appearing before the court clerk. Failure to set the pretrial or get a written continuance from the court will result in the matter being dismissed.
All parties must be present for the pretrial unless excused by the presiding judge.
The purpose of the pretrial conference is to inform the court of the issues in this matter, to attempt to narrow the issues, determine what outside resources may be needed and to move the discovery along toward trial if necessary. The court generally expects specific tasks to be performed prior to the next pretrial date. That is not meant to mean the exchanging of the required information while in the clerks office waiting to see the judge but in advance so that we can have a meaningful pretrial conference. If matters can not be accomplished or unforeseen issues arise between pretrial dates the court will attempt to make time to address those issues before the next scheduled pretrial date so that the matter may keep moving forward.
Three pretrial conferences are scheduled Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, starting at 8:30 a.m. and are set at 30 minute intervals.
Requests for the appointment of a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) should be made as early as possible so as to have adequate time for the GAL to obtain information and participate in the hearings. If the parties can agree on a GAL the court will generally approve that request.
Trial settings are set by the judge and are typically within 60 days of the last pretrial setting. The last pretrial setting is generally held in the 6th month after filing. Most cases have one to three pretrial conferences prior to the trial setting. The majority of all cases are concluded within 9 months from the filing date.
When a case is set for trial the court will issue a pretrial order. The Pretrial Order form may be found on the Court Forms page. Failure to comply with the timing requirements and production requirements may result in the striking of pleadings or other sanctions.
Once a case is set for trial the court will generally not allow for the withdrawal of the attorney of record without good cause.
In high conflict custody cases the court will consider the use of a Parent Coordinator. The Parent Coordinator Consent Judgment form may be found on the Court Forms page. These individuals are appointed post trial.
GENERAL DIVISION INFORMATION
?Be on time. Call the clerk at (314) 615-1506 if you are late for any reason.
?Be prepared for all court appearances.
?Call the other attorney prior to setting any motions to attempt to work out dates.
?Attorneys are to address each other in the courtroom by last names.
?Bring discovery issues to the courts attention at the earliest date possible.
?The court generally enforces prior judgments and rulings and lawyers and litigants should not take matters into their own hands.
?Summary exhibits are appreciated. Follow the procedural rules regarding these types of exhibits.