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 Thomas C. Albus
Circuit Judge, Division 19
Civil and Criminal
Thomas C. Albus is a native of St. Louis County and a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Missouri-Columbia. Following law school, Judge Albus clerked for the late Lawrence G. Crahan on the Missouri Court of Appeals and for Judge John C. Holstein on the Missouri Supreme Court.
Judge Albus worked in the litigation department of the St. Louis law firm now known as Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Missouri in 2002 where he prosecuted criminal cases for 17 years with an emphasis in white collar, tax and public corruption. In 2019, Judge Albus joined the administration of Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt as First Assistant. Judge Albus was appointed Circuit Judge by Governor Michael Parson and was sworn in on April 24, 2020.
Judge Albus resides in St. Louis County with his family. He has been active in many church, community and professional organizations including Mary, Queen of Peace Church, School and Athletic Association, The Missouri Bar, The St. Louis Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the St. Louis University High School Alumni Board and Fathers' Club and the Missouri Athletic Club. Judge Albus is an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law.
Thank you for visiting the Division 19 web page. We are committed to providing great customer service to our litigants.
The following are some scheduling and practice tips for litigants. However, if you ever need a special accommodation, please call the Division for help.
Criminal motions, guilty pleas, warrant recalls and other matters may be taken up on Thursday mornings after the 9am call docket or on the first and third Thursdays of the month after the 1:30p probation docket.
Civil motions may be set on Tuesdays or Friday mornings. If a motion is by consent, please contact the division to make sure it is promptly handled without the need for a hearing. Dispositive motions and discovery motions will not be considered until noticed up for a hearing.
Default judgments, settlement approvals and name changes will be set at 9am on the first Monday of the month.
We strive to keep nothing under submission for more than 30 days so please call the division if you are waiting on a ruling for longer than 30 days.
We are experiencing lengthy delays, sometimes more than two weeks, from the time a pleading is filed and when it is received in our division. If you need something heard or handled quickly, please email a courtesy copy directly to the division clerk, Heather.Bonetti@courts.mo.gov. For this same reason, please provide courtesy copies of briefs via email to Ms. Bonetti which are filed less than a week in advance of a hearing so they can be considered.