The St. Louis County Circuit Court is comprised of twenty-one (21) Circuit Judges, fourteen (14) Associate Circuit Judges and eight (8) Commissioners. Each judge and commissioner is assigned to a specific division, except for the Probate Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner.
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Honorable Jason D. Dodson
Circuit Judge, Division 10
Civil and Criminal
Jason D. Dodson was appointed circuit judge on January 31, 2020 by Gov. Mike Parson. He previously served as an associate circuit judge following his appointment in 2016 by Gov. Jeremiah W. "Jay" Nixon.
Judge Dodson received his Bachelor of Arts with honors in philosophy from Bates College in Lewiston, ME, in 1992, and his law degree from Washington University School of Law in 1996, where he received The Order of Barristers and Pro Bono Bronze Medal commendations.
Judge Dodson spent the early portion of his career in private practice litigating a variety of civil cases. Before his appointment to the bench, he spent 10 years at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri where he acted as managing attorney of its domestic violence family law unit, known as the Lasting Solutions Program, beginning in 2008. He is an avid proponent of pro bono service to those who need legal help but cannot afford it.
Judge Dodson served two terms on the Missouri Child Support Guidelines Review Subcommittee. Since 2017, he has served on the Missouri Supreme Court's Committee on Access to Family Courts. He is a member of the Missouri Bar, American Bar Association, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, St. Louis County Bar, Women Lawyers' Association and the Mound City Bar Association.
Judge Dodson lives in St. Louis County with his family.
JUDGE JASON DODSON
Division Clerk: April Moore - 314-615-1510 - email@example.com
Bailiff - Jerome Billings
Updated February 2, 2021
Beginning March 1, 2021, Division 10 will use Webex for all remote hearings. Webex can be accessed at all phone app stores and at www.webex.com. All remote hearings for Judge Dodson/Division 10 shall have the follow connection information:
https://mocourts.webex.com/meet/vcdiv10mtg - Meeting Number: 146 656 3989
Dial In (if internet audio unavailable):
(408) 418-9338 :: Meeting: 146 656 3989
Except for certain domestic violence contempt cases, Division 10 is NOT having in-person hearings or conferences, consistent with the orders from the Presiding Judge and the Missouri Supreme Court. This does NOT apply to the Order of Protection cases on the contempt dockets. See below for further information.
Division 10 is now using Acuity to schedule civil conferences and hearings. The links to schedule appearances are below. Be aware that if you schedule a conference or hearing setting in Acuity, you must file your notice of hearing within 25 hours or the setting will be canceled. Contact April Moore if you have a time-sensitive matter and there are no available settings in Acuity.
USE OF EMAIL: Do not make arguments or requests for relief by email to the judge or clerk. Unless there is an agreed-upon order, contested motions should be set for hearing. If any email is sent, all counsel must be cc'd on the email. Email may not be used to communicate with the court for any purpose if there is a self-represented litigant.
Judge Dodson presides over dockets of:
I. Circuit Civil Cases
II. Pending Domestic Violence Criminal Cases
III. Criminal Domestic Violence Court Compliance Cases
IV. Probation Revocation Cases
V. Indirect Criminal Contempt and Civil Contempt cases in Domestic Violence Court (for violations of Orders of Protection)
I. CIRCUIT CIVIL CASES
1) Case Management Conferences (CMCs) are scheduled for 10 minutes each. These are designed to briefly discuss the status of the case and obtain another setting. Short motions that can fit into that time slot may be addressed at that time.
2) Motions needing more than 10 minutes for argument require a motion hearing setting. Please use Acuity to set these and file the appropriate hearing notice.
3) Asking for ADDITIONAL TIME or LEAVE to file something? Please confer with opposing counsel on the case and indicate in the motion if they consent or do not consent. If counsel does not consent, please set the matter for hearing and properly notice the motion. If the motion does not indicate consent or lack of consent, the motion will likely be denied if not set for hearing.
4) If a case has a hearing during which the attorneys will use exhibits that are not part of the record, exhibits may be emailed to Ms. Moore as .pdfs in advance of the hearing.
II. PENDING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CRIMINAL CASES
1) Conferences (pretrial/status/case management) on pending criminal cases will be held via Webex and are scheduled Monday and Thursday mornings, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
2) Motions addressing bond can usually be scheduled with these dockets but are taken up after the call of the docket.
3) Defendants confined with DJS will not be produced for bond review hearings unless special arrangements are made in advance. Contact April Moore to make such arrangements well in advance of the setting.
4) PLEAS: To set a plea, contact April Moore.
III. CRIMINAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COURT COMPLIANCE CASES
1) Division 10's Criminal Domestic Violence Court settings are held the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 1:00 p.m.
2) These dockets are held via Webex (beginning March 1, 2021) with the connection information above.
3) If a defendant is unable to use video because of technology issues, the defendant must use a dial-in connection to appear.
IV. PROBATION REVOCATION CASES
1) These dockets are held Thursday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. Domestic Violence probation revocation cases are typically set the first and third Thursdays of the month.
2) If you are on probation and were served an order from the Court for a hearing, you should appear in by Webex for your court date at this time. Failure to appear, even by Webex, may result in a warrant. If you have questions about this as you should call Ms. Moore, the Division 10 Clerk, at 314-615-1510.
3) Defendants who have attorneys must also appear via Webex unless excused by the Court.
FOR PROBATION OFFICERS
1) Please see the above for the Webex information for the various probation dockets in Division 10.
2) If you need to reach Division 10, it is strongly preferred that you email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or requests rather than call. Again, please email and do not call. It will be especially helpful if you include the case number and the defendant's name in the subject line.
V. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COURT CONTEMPT CASES (Orders of Protection)
1) These dockets occur twice a month. Division 10 typically holds its docket on the second Friday of each month and Judge McNelley, Division 34, typically holds her dockets on the fourth Friday of each month.
2) All cases are held in courtroom S01 (street level), NOT Division 10's typical courtroom, Room 482.
3) Indirect Criminal Cases are set at 1:00 p.m. Respondents on these cases must appear in person unless excused by the judge or agreed upon by all counsel in advance of the hearing. Petitioners and witnesses must appear in person if the case is for trial.
4) Civil Contempt Cases are typically set on the third Friday of each month at 2:00 p.m. Respondents on these cases must appear via Webex unless the DV Court Compliance Staff or the judge have approved or instructed otherwise.
THANK YOU and feel free to check this page frequently for updates as things change and evolve during this challenging time.