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 Margaret T. Donnelly
Circuit Judge, Division 20
Margaret Donnelly was appointed circuit judge in August, 2016, by Gov. Jeremiah W. "Jay" Nixon. She was a St. Louis County Family Court commissioner from 2013 until her appointment as circuit judge.
Judge Donnelly holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Social Work degrees from Saint Louis University, and graduated cum laude from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1988.
From 1988 to 2009, she was engaged in the private practice of law. She served in the Missouri Legislature as a state representative for District 73 from 2003 to 2009, and was the Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services from 2009 to 2012.
Judge Donnelly has been honored for service by the Missouri Judicial Conference and Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. She received the Women's Justice Citizenship Award, St. Louis Children's Hospital Advocate of the Year award, and Paraquad Disability Rights Legislative Leadership Award.
She is a member of the Missouri Bar, St. Louis County Bar Association, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Women Lawyers' Association and Mound City Bar Association.
Judge Donnelly lives in St. Louis County with her family.
Division 20 uses video technology for all matters including, settlement conferences, motion hearings and trials.
All video matters will be by WebEx and for the link to Division 20 click on the link contained in the box to the right of the screen. All matters in Division 20 may be accessed by the link.
For rules regarding video conferencing appearances and hearings in St. Louis County, please review Administrative Order 43
If parties and/or attorneys need to schedule a matter in Division 20 you may sign up by use of the acuity link or contact the Division 20 clerk at (314) 615-1520.
All matters will be heard via the Webex app. You and/or your attorney will be able to participate by using a laptop or computer with a webcam or your smart phone to access the hearing. You must use a device which will allow you to be visible to the court. Below is the information you will need to join the meeting. Before entering the meeting, you must type in your full name before you can join the hearing. Please join the hearing at least 5 minutes before the designated time in that the virtual hearing time slots are for a specific period of time. Please mute your microphone upon entry to the meeting.
Prior to the hearing, please be sure to download the Webex app, ensure that your video camera works, and rename your Webex username to your full name.
You may join Division 20 proceedings by entering the Courtroom via Webex by:
* URL: https://mocourts.webex.com/meet/vcdiv20mtg
* Meeting Number: 146 566 3289 (www.webex.com and "join" the meeting)
* Join by phone: +1-408-418-9388 (tolls apply); enter Meeting Number: 146 566 3289
RECORDING IS PROHIBITED
Recording or creating images of any portion of Court proceedings is strictly prohibited by the Missouri Supreme Court, by Local Rule 9.5, and by standing Order of this Division.
Beginning March 15, 2021, Zoom is no longer being used for order of protection hearings. All order of protection cases are being heard remotely by Webex. You can access Webex by going to www.webex.com or downloading the Webex app on your smart phone or tablet.
Floor: 2 South
Non-testimonial motions are heard on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. and brief testimonial motions are heard on certain Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. Motion hearings lasting longer than 15 minutes are by special setting. To set any motion, you MUST first contact the division clerk to obtain a date and time and then send notice to the other attorneys and to the court file.
Case Management Conferences may be continued by phone if you have consent of the opposing party. Contact the division clerk prior to the setting to obtain a new date.
Be Green! "Courtesy" copies are strongly discouraged. If you believe it will be helpful in a particular case, you may email a copy to the judge, copying the other attorneys, no sooner than one week before the hearing. If you must bring a hard copy, bring it with you at the time of the hearing. They will not be accepted in the division before then.