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 Ellen W. Dunne

Associate Circuit Judge, Division 39

Family Court and Juvenile

Ellen W. Dunne was appointed associate circuit judge in December, 2016, by Gov. Jeremiah W. "Jay" Nixon and retained by voters in 2018.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1983. While attending the University of Missouri-Columba, Judge Dunne worked as a legislative intern in the Missouri House of Representatives.

Judge Dunne began her legal career before even attending law school, when she worked as a clerk-typist for the summer law school interns at Coburn, Croft & Putzel. She later became a legal secretary, and then a paralegal, before attending St. Louis University School of Law (night division) and graduating cum laude from the Saint Louis University School of Law in 1990.

Before her appointment to the bench, Judge Dunne was engaged in the private practice of law, concentrating primarily in general civil, commercial and employment litigation. She worked at the firm of Riezman & Blitz, P.C. from August 1985 to May 1998, and at the Padberg Law Firm and Lowenbaum Partnership from May 1998 to December 2000. From 2000 to 2017 she worked at Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, L.C.

She is actively involved in a number of charitable, educational, and professional organizations. She is a member of The Missouri Bar, the Missouri Association of Probate and Associate Circuit Judges, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the St. Louis County Bar Association, Women Lawyers of Greater St. Louis. She is a board member of the Guardian Angel Settlement Association and volunteers with USO of Missouri and Join Hands ESL. Judge Dunne also serves as a member of several St. Louis County Court Committees including the Rules Committee, The Diversity Committee and the Community Outreach Committee. She is the co-chair of the Commissioner Review Committee.

She lives in St. Louis County with her family. Regarding her experience on the bench so far, Judge Dunne finds being a judge to be "a tremendous honor," and that "it is a privilege to serve the citizens of the state."

Division 39 Information, Procedures and Protocol.

Effective March 14, 2022, Division 39 will resume in-person hearings for all contested matters and all matters that require the swearing in of witnesses. Therefore all contested adjudications of abuse and neglect cases, all contested adjudications of delinquency cases, all Termination of Parental Rights cases, all Orders of Protection and all contested Paternity and/or Custody cases will be heard in person in Courtroom number 102 located on the First Floor of the St. Louis County Courthouse, 105 South Central Avenue, Clayton, Missouri 63105.

Division 39 will continue to use video technology for settlement/status conferences, motion hearings, case reviews, permanency hearings, permanency review hearings and delinquency case reviews unless otherwise specifically ordered on a case by case basis.

Adoptions will be heard in person or virtually as requested by the parties.

All video matters will be by WebEx. To access Division 39 virtual courtroom, click on the link contained in the box to the right of the screen.

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 joining the WebEx virtual courtroom, please download the WebEx app, mute your microphone, ensure your camera is operating and type in your full name. 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.

Webex Information:

* URL:
* Meeting Number: 146 840 8770 ( and "join" the meeting)
* Join by phone: +1-408-418-9388 (tolls apply); enter Meeting Number: 146 840 8770


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.

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 39 please contact the Division 39 clerk at(314) 615-1539.

All emails directed to Judge Dunne concerning any case, MUST include all email addresses of attorneys entered on or assigned to the case and all self-represented parties. Judge Dunne will not respond to exparte communications.

Courtroom: 102
Floor: 1 South
Allen Mitchell
Phone: 314-615-1539
Fax: 314-615-0141

WebEx Meeting Link:

Call in number:  1-408-418-9388  (tolls apply)
Meeting number:   146 840 8770

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