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 John Newsham
Associate Circuit Judge, Division 40
Criminal and Traffic
John F. Newsham was appointed Associate Circuit Judge in March of 2018 by Governor Eric Greitens.
Before his appointment to the bench, Judge Newsham was a partner with the law firm of Dill, Bamvakais & Newsham, P.C. His legal practice focused primarily on criminal defense and administrative license issues, but he practiced in many other areas of the law over the course of 33 years. Judge Newsham previously served with the office of the Missouri State Public Defender and also served as public defender for the St. Louis County Municipal Court.
He graduated from Rosary High School in 1977, from St. Louis University in May, 1981 and attended law school at St. Louis University graduating in 1984.
Judge Newsham is a former municipal judge for the City of Crestwood and a member of the Crestwood-Sunset Hills Kiwanis Group. He has published an article in the Missouri Bar Journal in 2010, was a contributing author to the MOBarCLE Deskbook on DWI. He and was previously recognized for Outstanding Leadership and Dedication to MoBarCLE for making substantial contributions to the continuing legal education of Missouri's attorneys.
Judge Newsham resides in St. Louis County with his family.
1. Division 40 is now holding all arraignment hearings, call docket settings, bond review hearings, preliminary hearings, pleas of guilty and trials in person - in other words, all matters are now being handled in person. If the Defendant does not appear and/or the Defendant's attorney does not appear for the Defendant, the Court may issue a warrant for the Defendant's arrest.
2. As of May 16, 2022, the Court will not have the web-ex camera on unless the Court has been contacted and consented to allowing the particular party to appear by web-ex. Web-ex meeting room number ID: 146 751 0475. Any party can request to appear by web-ex but must obtain the Court's consent at least 24 hours prior to the hearing. This statement does not apply to witnesses for trials and/or preliminary hearings, all witnesses must appear in person.
3. FOR ALL PRELIMINARY HEARINGS, ALL DEFENDANT'S INCLUDING DEFENDANT'S COUNSEL UNLESS EXCUSED IN ADVANCE BY THE JUDGE MUST APPEAR IN PERSON IN DIVISION 40. Please don't e-file a waiver of a preliminary hearing without speaking to the Court, and/or the Clerk and/or getting an email confirmation that the Court has seen the waiver.
4. Please don't just pick a date and e-file your NOTICE OF HEARING FOR PRELIMINARY HEARING because we have limited space each day due to the structure of the dockets and because of the requirements of revised Rule 22.09(a) (effective March 1, 2021). In order to set a CASE FOR A PH, please contact the Court at: email@example.com and/or the clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org for a date for the hearing. Once you receive your date for any motion or preliminary hearing, please e-file a notice of hearing and send an email to the prosecuting attorney who is entered on the case.
5. INFORMATION ON SETTING ANY TYPE OF MOTION (bond reviews, non-traffic warrant recalls that the State is not consenting, bond modification motions and/or any other type of motion not stated). In order to set a motion, please contact the Court at: email@example.com and/or the clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org for a date for the hearing. Please don't just pick a date and file your motion because we have limited space each day due to the structure of the dockets. If someone from the Division does not respond to you within 48 hours, call 314-615-1540. Once you receive your date, please e-file a notice of hearing and send an email to the prosecuting attorney who is entered on the case.
6. ALL WARRANT RECALL MOTIONS BY CONSENT and/or WARRANT RECALLS FOR TRAFFIC should be emailed to: email@example.com with opposing counsel on each and every email. Please check after 48 hours to see if the warrant was recalled. If THE WARRANT IS NOT RECALLED, call the Court at 314-615-1540 or come by the Division. Defendants may additionally inquire about warrant recalls at the Tap in Center (314-669-6185).
7. Please direct any questions to the court by emailing the Court at firstname.lastname@example.org, the clerk email@example.com and/or call 314-615-1540 and/or come by the division. We are located on the 3rd Floor of the Department of Justice Center.
DIVISION 40 THANKS YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND COOPERATION.
Floor: 3 Justice Center