The Honorable Mary Elizabeth Ott Elected as Presiding Judge and The Honorable John N. Borbonus Elected as Assistant Presiding Judge of the 21st Judicial Circuit Court

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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE HONORABLE MARY ELIZABETH OTT ELECTED AS PRESIDING JUDGE AND THE HONORABLE JOHN N. BORBONUS ELECTED AS ASSISTANT PRESIDING JUDGE OF THE 21ST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT

CLAYTON, MO – Sep. 8, 2021 – The Honorable Mary Elizabeth Ott was elected as the Presiding Judge of the 21st Judicial Circuit Court. She will fill the unexpired term of retiring Presiding Judge Michael D. Burton, who retired from the Court in August. Judge Ott, was chosen by a majority vote of the circuit and associate judges during the September 8, 2021 Court en Banc meeting. Also elected by majority vote of the circuit and associate judges was the Honorable John N. Borbonus to serve as Assistant Presiding Judge of the 21st Judicial Circuit Court.

“I am honored to have been elected to serve as Presiding Judge," Ott said. "I am glad to be working with the exceptional members of this bench and a dedicated team of county and state employees to ensure access to justice for the citizens of St. Louis County.”

Judge Ott was appointed Circuit Judge in February of 2018, and previously served as an Associate Circuit Judge since 2008. Judge Ott received her undergraduate degree from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, IN and her law degree from Saint Louis University.

Before her appointment to the bench, Judge Ott spent 22 years in private practice where she specialized in criminal defense work and family law.

Judge Borbonus was appointed Circuit Judge in 2018, and previously served as an Associate Circuit Judge since 2011. Judge Borbonus received his B.A. in government and politics from George Mason University in 1988, and his law degree from St. Louis University School of Law in 1994.

 

For more information contact:
Hope Whitehead, Esq.
Judicial Administrator
St. Louis County Circuit Court
105 South Central Avenue
Clayton, MO 63105

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