Presiding Judge Michael D. Burton Limits Court Operations in Order to Protect Public Health, Prevent Spread of Coronavirus

St. Louis County Circuit Court
105 South Central Ave
Clayton, MO 63105

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Presiding Judge
Michael D. Burton Limits Court Operations in Order to Protect Public Health,
Prevent Spread of Coronavirus

Jurors Not Needed for Weeks of March 16 and March 23

CLAYTON,
MO
March 13, 2020 – Presiding Judge Michael D. Burton issued an
Administrative Order scaling back court operations in order to protect public
health and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. The order coincides with declarations
of a state of emergency by St. Louis County Executive Sam Page and Missouri
Gov. Mike Parson.

“Our court will remain open, but we
will be making some modifications in our operations and non-essential
activities,” Judge Burton said. “While the number of known cases of Coronavirus
in St. Louis County remains small, we felt it was essential to take proactive
measures to protect the health of our court employees and the public by
limiting the amount of traffic in and out of the Courthouse.”

Judge Burton’s Administrative Order
includes the following:

  • Jurors will not be needed for the weeks of March 16 and March 23, 2020;
  • Municipal court proceedings, which are supervised by the Presiding Judge of the 21st Circuit, will be suspended;
  • Weddings, courthouse tours, meetings with outside groups, after-hours classes and community events will be postponed;
  • The Public Resource Center and Law Library will be closed to the public;
  • Criminal cases where the defendant is not in custody shall be postponed and rescheduled;
  • Hearings involving criminal defendants and probation revocation matters where the defendant is in custody will be conducted by video conference;
  • Hearings on criminal, civil, domestic, juvenile and probate cases will be postponed and rescheduled unless a specific judge assigned to that case notifies the parties that the hearing will proceed as scheduled;
  • Large
    volume, high volume and/or multi-case dockets, including but not limited to
    Associate Circuit Court high volume civil dockets, Circuit Court civil case
    management dockets, Associate and Circuit Court domestic “call” dockets,
    landlord/tenant dockets/cases, small claims dockets/cases, uncontested
    dissolution dockets/cases, traffic and municipal dockets/cases, and treatment
    court dockets including the SAFETI Family Drug Court, shall be postponed and
    rescheduled;
  • Full
    order of protection hearings scheduled for the weeks of March 16 and March 23 will
    be continued and rescheduled. All Ex
    Parte
    Orders of Protection currently in effect are extended until the new
    hearing date;
  • Juvenile
    detention hearings and protective custody hearings will proceed as scheduled.
    Hearings for juveniles in custody at the County Juvenile Detention Center will
    be held. All other hearings in abuse and neglect cases may be continued for
    good cause. All other delinquency cases and termination of parental rights
    cases which are scheduled during the weeks of March 16 and March 23 will be
    continued and rescheduled;
  • The Family Exchange Center and parent visits supervised by the Family Court will remain in operation, but hours may be reduced subject to staffing limitations;
  • The Adult Abuse Office will continue its normal operations.

The full order is attached below.

Click to Read the full Administrative Order 13

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