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
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.
Division 40 Web-ex Instructions and Order
UPDATE: Division 40 is now holding all arraignment hearings that are set at 9:00 a..m. and bond review hearings that are set at 10:00 a.m. in person/in the courtroom. Starting July 6, Division 40 will hold all preliminary hearings in person/in the courtroom as well.
The Court will also hold all other hearings involving testimony and/or matters that are placed on the record in person/in the courtroom.
Please direct any questions to the court by emailing the Court at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or call 314-615-1540.
Any party may also web-ex into Division 40 any morning at 9:00 and inquire of the Court.
* 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).
- 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 during this pandemic. If someone from the Division does not respond to you within 48 hours,
- 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.
* ALL WARRANT RECALL MOTIONS BY CONSENT 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 not email the court at the above email and call the Court at 314-615-1534.
* FOR ALL FORMS FOR PLEAS OF GUILTY TO DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED CASES and/or MISDEMEANORS:
- Contact the Court at firstname.lastname@example.org. and the Court will email you the forms
- To plead your client, attorneys can submit plea paperwork (after all parties have signed) to the Court
via email to email@example.com. with opposing counsel on each and every email. This Division will require the attorney and the Defendant to appear in person or on web-ex in person depending upon the phase of the Circuit Court for the plea.
* ON ALL DOCKETS, Defendants and attorneys are expected to appear via web-ex at this time or in person when St. Louis County Circuit Court has re-opened. If the Defendant does not appear and/or the
Defendant's attorney does not appear, the Court may issue a warrant for the Defendant's arrest.
* FOR ANY OTHER INQUIRIES INCLUDING FUTURE COURT DATES FOR PRELIMINARY HEARINGS, please email the Court at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If the Court does not respond to you within 48 hours, call 314-615-1540.
- Please don't just pick a date and file your NOTICE OF HEARING FOR PRELIMINARY HEARING because we have limited space each day due to the structure of the dockets during this pandemic and because of the requirements of revised Rule 22.09(a) (effective March 1, 2021).
- 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.
DIVISION 40 THANKS YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND COOPERATION
DURING THIS PANDEMIC
YOU CAN ALWAYS USE WEBEX AND COME TO DIVISION 40 AT 9:00 A.M. WITH ANY QUESTIONS