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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Tours

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

Associate Circuit Judge John R. Essner Dies at 69

August 18, 2020

St. Louis County Circuit Court 105 South Central Avenue Clayton, Missouri 63105   CLAYTON, MO – August 17, 2020 – Judge John R. Essner died Friday, August 14, 2020, after a long battle with cancer. He was 69. Judge Essner was appointed Associate Circuit Judge in 1999 by Gov. Mel Carnahan. He graduated with B.A. cum laude from the University of California-Los Angeles in 1973, and obtained his law degree cum laude from St. Louis University School of Law in 1976. For more than twenty years, Judge Essner was a staff attorney for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, becoming the…

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St. Louis County Circuit Court Returns to “Operating Phase Zero” Due to COVID-19

July 27, 2020

St. Louis County Circuit Court 105 South Central Avenue Clayton, Missouri 63105   St. Louis County Circuit Court Returns to “Operating Phase Zero” Due to COVID-19 CLAYTON, MO – July 23, 2020 – The St. Louis County Circuit Court is returning to “Operating Phase Zero,” restricting public access to the courthouse after several employees tested positive for the coronavirus. The decision by Presiding Judge Michael D. Burton means that, for the next two weeks, all in-person proceedings will be rescheduled and grand jury proceedings will be postponed. However, the courts are not closed, Judge Burton emphasized. Court proceedings and trials…

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Catherine Keefe Selected as St. Louis Family Court Commissioner

July 27, 2020

St. Louis County Circuit Court 105 South Central Avenue Clayton, Missouri 63105   CLAYTON, MO – July 23, 2020 – Catherine Ward Keefe has been selected by the judges of the St. Louis County Circuit Court to serve as a St. Louis Family Court Commissioner, starting Aug. 14, 2020. Keefe replaces former Commissioner Heather R. Cunningham, who was appointed as an Associate Circuit Judge by Gov. Mike Parson in March. Keefe is a family law attorney practicing in St. Louis County. She has handled all types of family law matters including dissolutions of marriage, paternity and custody actions, guardianships of…

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