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Honorable Jason D. Dodson

Circuit Judge, Division 10

Family Court Administrative Judge

Family Court and Juvenile

Administrative Order 21-34

Jason D. Dodson was appointed circuit judge on January 31, 2020 by Governor Mike Parson. He previously served as an associate circuit judge following his appointment in 2016 by Governor Jeremiah W. "Jay" Nixon.

Presiding Judge Mary Ott appointed Judge Dodson to the position of Administrative Judge of the Family Court of St. Louis County, and his 4-year term began January 1, 2022. The Family Court consists of four Juvenile Divisions and ten Domestic Relations Divisions. It also includes the Domestic Violence Court which the U.S. Department of Justice currently recognizes as a national model to serve as a mentor court. Judge Dodson presides over cases in juvenile court and a domestic violence contempt docket.

Judge Dodson is now in his second term of service on the Missouri Supreme Court's Family Court Committee. He also a member of the Supreme Court's Committee on Access to Family Courts and has been a member of the standing Child Support Guidelines Review Subcommittee for over ten years. He serves of the board of directors for the St. Louis Bar Foundation and belongs to several legal associations including the Missouri Bar, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis ("BAMSL"), the St. Louis County Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

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 lives in St. Louis County with his family.


JUDGE JASON D. DODSON
DIVISION 10
Family Court Administrative Judge
105 S. Central Ave.
Clayton, MO 63105
Room 101, 1st Floor, South

Division Clerk: April Moore - 314-615-1510 - april.moore@courts.mo.gov
Bailiff - Jerome Billings
Court Reporter - Alicia Carter - 314-615-4709 - alicia.carter@courts.mo.gov

Updated April 18, 2022
This page provides information about Judge Dodson's procedures for various cases he hears. Please contact April Moore with any questions that the information below does not answer.

WEBEX INFORMATION FOR JUDGE DODSON, DIVISION 10:
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Meeting Number: 146 656 3989
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JUVENILE COURT PROCEEDINGS

Protective Custody Hearings
Protective Custody hearings with Judge Dodson will be held using the Division 10 Webex meeting, unless specifically ordered to be held in person.
 
Delinquency Cases
1) Pretrial conferences shall be held using the Division 10 Webex meeting, unless specifically ordered to be held in person.
2) Delinquency Adjudication and Disposition hearings shall be held in person. If the adjudication hearing is not contested (and will be an admission), parents/caregivers may attend using Webex if Judge Dodson grants permission in advance.
3) Delinquency Review hearings shall be held using the Division 10 Webex meeting, unless specifically ordered to be held in person.
4) Certification hearings shall be held in person.
 
Child Welfare Cases (Abuse/Neglect)
1) Initial Adjudication hearings shall be held using the Division 10 Webex meeting, unless specifically ordered to be held in person.
2) Contested Adjudication and Disposition hearings shall be held in person. If the adjudication hearing is not contested (and will be an admission), parents/caregivers may attend using Webex if (a) all parties consent, and (b) Judge Dodson grants permission in advance.
3) Permanency hearings shall be held in person unless using the Division 10 Webex meeting, unless specifically ordered to be held by Webex and then, only if (a) all parties consent, and (b) Judge Dodson grants permission in advance.
4) Review hearings shall be held using the Division 10 Webex meeting, unless specifically ordered to be held in person.
 
Termination of Parental Rights ("TPR") Cases
1) All pre-trial conferences shall be held using the Division 10 Webex meeting, unless specifically ordered to be held in person.
2) All TPR trials shall be held in person.
 
Adoptions and Transfer of Custody Cases
1) Adoptions are now being heard in all four Juvenile Court divisions. The division that heard the underlying child welfare (abuse and neglect) and TPR case(s) shall hear the related adoption case.
2) Petitioners' attorneys should seek the appointment of the guardian ad litem in the underlying cases to be the guardian ad litem in the Transfer of Custody/Adoption case.
3) In Division 10, non-contested Adoptions may be held by Webex or in person. All contested Adoptions shall be held in person.
4) To schedule an adoption in Division 10, please use the Acuity scheduling tool, below. Once the hearing is scheduled in Acuity, attorneys must also efile a notice of hearing or the case will not appear on the Court's docket.
    a. Those wishing to hold an in-person adoption must schedule for two 15-minute blocks in Acuity.
    b. If the Transfer of Custody/Adoption is very time-sensitive and Acuity settings will not accommodate the urgent need, attorneys should contact April Moore by email, April.Moore@courts.mo.gov, to obtain a special setting.
 
Guardianship Cases
1) Guardianships related to cases in Juvenile Court cases are now being heard in all four Juvenile Court divisions. The division that heard the underlying child welfare (abuse and neglect) case(s) shall hear the related Guardianship case.
2) Guardianships must still be filed in the Probate Court of St. Louis County. The cases will then be assigned to the appropriate Juvenile Court division.
3) Petitioners' attorneys should seek the appointment of the guardian ad litem in the underlying cases to be the guardian ad litem in the Guardianship case(s).
4) Judge Dodson holds his initial guardianship settings on the second Tuesday of each month. Initial settings shall be held using the Division 10 Webex meeting, unless specifically ordered to be held in person.
5) In Division 10, non-contested Guardianships may be held by Webex or in person.
6) To schedule Guardianship hearings in Division 10, please use the Acuity scheduling tool, below. Once the hearing is scheduled in Acuity, attorneys must also eFile a notice of hearing or the case will not appear on the Court's docket.
    a. Those wishing to hold in-person non-contested Guardianships must schedule for two 15-minute blocks in Acuity.
    b. If the Guardianship is very time-sensitive and Acuity settings will not accommodate the urgent need, attorneys should contact April Moore by email, April.Moore@courts.mo.gov, to obtain a special setting.
 
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COURT CONTEMPT CASES (Orders of Protection)
1) Judge Dodson, Division 10, typically holds his contempt dockets on the second Friday of each month.
2) All cases are held in courtroom S01 on the street level, NOT Division 10's typical courtroom.
3) All contempt cases are held person; all attorneys, parties and witnesses must appear in person unless permission has been granted to attend via Webex.

Courtroom: 101
Floor: 1 South
Clerk:
April
Court Reporter:
Alicia Carter
Bailiff:
Jerome Billings
Phone: 314-615-1510
Fax: 314-615-7657

WebEx Meeting Link: https://mocourts.webex.com/meet/vcdiv10mtg

Call in number:  1-408-418-9388  (tolls apply)
Meeting number:   146 656 3989

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