Speakers Bureau

Members of the St. Louis County Judicial Speakers Bureau are available to speak to elementary, middle and high school groups, universities, town hall meetings, churches and civic organizations on a wide range of topics, at no charge. Please send us your request at least three weeks in advance, and let us know how long you would like the judge to speak.

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Complimentary guided tours of the St. Louis County Courthouse are available during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) on weekdays only.  For more information on guided tours, please click below.

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News Releases


March 12, 2018

Sharp Drop in Number of Juveniles in Detention as Award-Winning Community Collaboration Efforts Grow throughout the Region CLAYTON – The St. Louis County Family Court continues to make substantial progress toward achieving the goals of a 2016 agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, according to an independent review released today. The review praised Judge Thea Sherry, Administrative Judge for the Family Court, for her “passion for and commitment to,” juvenile justice, noting that her “leadership has in large part facilitated the ‘can do” attitude … observed throughout the court system.” The review was prepared by Judge Arthur E. Grim, a…

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Twenty-first Circuit Presiding Judge Weighing Proposals to Avert Public Defender Crisis for Indigent Defendants in St. Louis County

February 20, 2018

Wait list, help from private attorneys, streamlining criminal processing among options to help manage caseloads, avoid ethical dilemmas for public defenders and courts CLAYTON, MO – Feb. 20, 2018 – Against a backdrop of looming public defender crises across the state, St. Louis County Presiding Judge Douglas R. Beach has 30 days to rule on a motion by the Missouri State Public Defender’s office to avert a similar crisis in St. Louis County by creating a public defender wait list, triaging probation violations, or enlisting the help of private attorneys to represent indigent defendants. The recommendations were presented to the…

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November 22, 2017 – St. Louis County Family Court Marks National Adoption Awareness Month with Special Celebration for Families

November 22, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE St. Louis County Family Court Marks National Adoption Awareness Month with Special Celebration for Families CLAYTON – Nov. 22, 2017 – Two-year-old Violet may not remember the gray November day when her adoption became final. But for her boisterous entourage of aunts and uncles, cousins and grandparents, it was a day they’ll never forget – a celebration complete with balloons, stuffed animals and lollipops at the St. Louis County Family Court. Violet’s recent adoption was one of more than 25 that were finalized in the St. Louis County Family Court during the first week of November, as…

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