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 Virginia W. Lay

Circuit Judge, Division 16

Family Court

ALL Order of Protection cases are to be held IN PERSON in S01 unless prior setting by the Court

As of April 1st, 2022, all matters will be IN PERSON.

Virginia W. Lay was appointed Associate Circuit Judge on April 1, 2019 and Circuit Judge on November 5, 2021 by Governor Michael L. Parson.

She received her B.A., with honors in American Studies and English from Columbia University in 1990 and her law degree from Washington University School of Law in 1993.

From 1993-1997, Judge Lay served as an Assistant Circuit Attorney in St. Louis. She was an Assistant Prosecutor for Jackson County, Missouri in Kansas City, after which she handled civil and criminal cases on behalf of the Attorney General for the State of Missouri. Judge Lay was in private practice from 2002-2017, handling a diverse civil defense caseload, including employment and municipal matters. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at Washington University School of Law, teaching Civil Pretrial through Settlement. From 2012-2019, Judge Lay served as a Special Assistant Circuit Attorney, handling white collar cases for the Missouri Division of Employment Security.

Judge Lay serves on the Executive Board and chairs the Governance Committee of Unleashing Potential. She is a member of the Missouri Bar Association and its Criminal Practice and Procedure Committee, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Women Lawyers' Association of Greater St. Louis and the St. Louis County Bar Association.

Judge Lay lives in St. Louis County with her family.

 
 

Family Court

COURT APPEARANCES:

As of April 1st, 2022, all matters will be IN PERSON.

ATTORNEY SCHEDULING:

To schedule, please use the Acuity link in the box below.

If your matter requires more than the set time, please contact the division and obtain a special setting.

ALL other matters (trials, PDLs, Family Access Motions, etc.) are ONLY set by the Court.

ALL ATTORNEYS MUST E-FILE A NOTICE OF HEARING WITHIN 24 HOURS OF SETTING A MATTER ON ACUITY.

NOTE: This website application only replaces the sign-up sheets that we offer in this division. After hitting the submit button, all attorneys are still responsible for fulfilling any eFiling rules and guidelines, including eFiling Notice of Hearing for all matters scheduled through this system.

For any other questions regarding scheduling matters in Division 16, you may contact the Division 16 clerk at 314-615-1516 or cassandra.markovich@courts.mo.gov.

Courtroom: 485
Floor: 4 North
Clerk:
Cassandra
Court Reporter:
Brenda Wade
Bailiff:
Mike Thompson
Phone: 314-615-1516
Fax: 314-615-7657

WebEx Meeting Link: https://mocourts.webex.com/meet/vcdiv16mtg

Call in number:  1-408-418-9388  (tolls apply)
Meeting number:   146 052 7013

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