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 Heather R. Cunningham
Circuit Judge, Division 3
ALL Order of Protection cases are to be held IN PERSON in S01 unless otherwise advised by the Court.
AS OF MARCH 21, 2022, ALL MATTERS WILL BE HELD IN PERSON IN DIVISION 3.
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.
To file exhibits for trials in Division 3 please send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
To schedule, please use the Acuity link in the box below.
If your matter requires more than the set time, please contact the division at 314-615-1503.
Heather R. Cunningham was appointed Associate Circuit Judge on March 6, 2020 and Circuit Judge on January 28, 2022 by Governor Parson. Prior to her appointment, Judge Cunningham previously served as a Family Court Commissioner-Juvenile Division.
Judge Cunningham graduated from Bradley University with a degree in political science and a minor in history. She received her law degree from St. Louis University.
Before her appointment to the bench, Judge Cunningham worked for Cordell & Cordell P.C., and served as Attorney for the Juvenile Officer in the 20th Circuit and the 21st Circuit. She was an Adjunct Professor at St. Louis Community College-Meramec.
Judge Cunningham serves as Co-Chair of the Court's Diversity and Inclusion Committee, member of the Commissioners and Administrators Review and Application Committee. She was recently appointed a member of the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness and appointed a member of the Juvenile Justice System Subcommittee.
Judge Cunningham is a member of the Missouri Bar, St. Louis County Bar, Women Lawyer's Association of St. Louis, and Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.
Judge Cunningham lives with her husband and children in St. Louis County.
Floor: 4 North
1. ADOPTIONS: GENERAL INFORMATION
Effective January 1, 2019 attorneys shall not be permitted to set an adoption matter for hearing unless the following procedures, if applicable are completed:
A. The Circuit Clerk has set an initial hearing on the matter AND a GAL has been appointed
B. Consent by both parents has been obtained
C. Service and/or publication is completed
D. CD subsidy has been approved and allocated
E. TPR is completed
F. Putative Father registry information is filed
G. CAN check completed and filed
H. Criminal background check completed and filed
2. VIDEO ADOPTIONS: During the COVID-19 Pandemic all adoptions will be conducted via ZOOM.
3. ADOPTION JUDGMENTS FOR DIV. 3:
Effective January 1, 2019 attorneys are requested to use the following forms for a Judgment and Decree of Adoption.
a. Judgment and Decree of Adoption (standard, step-parent and child over 14 years of age)
b. Judgment and Decree of Adoption (Adult)
c. Judgment and Decree of Recognition of Adoption of Child In Foreign Country