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St. Louis County Circuit Court Names Megan Julian Treatment Court Commissioner

St. Louis County Circuit Court
105 South Central Avenue
Clayton, Missouri 63105

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

St. Louis County Circuit Court Names Megan Julian Treatment Court Commissioner
Courts Improve Outcomes for Defendants with Drug, Mental Health Issues

CLAYTON, MO – August 16, 2019 – The St. Louis County Circuit Court has appointed attorney Megan Julian to serve a four-year term as its first full-time treatment court commissioner. The position is the first of its kind in St. Louis County, and was made possible through legislation signed earlier this year by Gov. Mike Parson. Gov. Parson is a long-time supporter of treatment courts and alternative sentencing.

Julian graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology in 1998. She obtained her law degree and certificate in dispute resolution from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 2002. She served as a traffic commissioner in St. Louis County beginning in 2017. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she was an assistant prosecuting attorney in St. Louis County for over 14 years. She was a member of the office’s sexual assault team and the domestic violence team.

St. Louis County Circuit Court currently operates six treatment courts: Drug Treatment Court, Mental Health Treatment Court, DWI Treatment Court, Veterans Treatment Court, Family Drug Treatment Court for drug-addicted mothers and infants, and Domestic Violence Treatment Court. Commissioner Julian will handle a variety of types of cases, based on need.

Due to the sharp rise in the use of opioids and other factors, St. Louis County’s treatment courts had reached their operational limits. In 2018, 5,688 drug-related cases and 2,157 alcohol-related cases were filed in St. Louis County. The number of civil and criminal cases involving litigants with mental illness also has continued to grow, boosting the number of participants in the County’s Mental Health Treatment Court by 130 percent in the last year.

Treatment court participants must agree to take part in an intensive regimen of counseling, drug or alcohol treatment, case management, drug testing, supervision and monitoring and regular check-ins with the court. Successful completion of treatment court programs may result in a withdrawal of a defendant’s guilty plea, the dismissal of criminal charges or shorter probation.

Treatment courts have been shown to be highly successful in resolving certain types of non-violent criminal cases and in breaking the cycle of substance abuse, addiction, crime, delinquency and child maltreatment associated with drug use and mental illness. Treatment courts also have proved their value in lowering jail populations, reducing correctional costs and recidivism rates; protecting public safety and stabilizing communities; and helping non-violent defendants become healthier, more productive members of society.

Julian is a member of the Missouri Bar, the Women’s Law Association, the St. Louis County Bar Association, and the American Judges Association. She lives with her family in St. Louis County.

 

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For more information contact:
Christine Bertelson, Director of Strategic Communications
St. Louis County Circuit Court
105 South Central Avenue
Clayton, MO 63105
Christine.Bertelson@courts.mo.gov
314-615-2643 or 314-202-3400

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