ASSOCIATE CRIMINAL SETTINGS DURING COVID-19

March 27, 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the associated Supreme Court and St. Louis County Administrative Orders, all matters that do not involve a defendant who is currently in the St. Louis County Jail will be postponed and rescheduled. This process will continue throughout any extension of those orders unless notified otherwise.

The Court will be sending you a notice of your new court date.  It is the defendant’s responsibility to make sure that the Court has the defendant’s current address and to check on the next court date if they do not get notice in the mail.  Please check CaseNet at www.courts.mo.gov for information about your case, including your next court date.  We also recommend that you sign-up for Track This Case.

Administrative Order 19 – Court Operations During COVID-19

March 24, 2020

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Administrative Order 16 – Sheriff’s Office

March 23, 2020

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Administrative Order 15 – Leave Policy

March 23, 2020

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Courts to Remain Open the week of March 23, 2020

March 22, 2020

To: All Staff

From: Presiding Judge Mike Burton

Re: Courts to Remain Open the week of March 23, 2020

Date: March 22, 2020

As I trust you all heard yesterday via the RAVE alert, the St. Louis County Circuit Court will remain open the week of March 23, 2020, as ordered by the Supreme Court of Missouri on March 16, 2020, and in compliance with the order of the St. Louis County Department of Public Health issued March 21, 2020. 

On March 16, 2020, the Supreme Court of Missouri issued an order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other directives, the order suspends – with certain exceptions – in-person proceedings in all state courts through April 3. We have already instituted changes in protocols that allow our employees and our judges to conduct most essential court functions by video or teleconference, drastically reducing the number of individuals coming in and out of the Courthouse to prevent the spread of the virus. 

However, the Supreme Court order also makes it clear that we must continue to meet our constitutional obligations.

 “Despite the suspension of in-person court proceedings, Missouri courts still must continue to carry out the core, constitutional functions of the Missouri judiciary as prescribed by law and continue to uphold the constitutional rights of litigants seeking redress in any Missouri court. Each courthouse should work with local law enforcement and county agencies to ensure that, to the extent possible, courthouses remain accessible to carry out essential constitutional functions and time-sensitive proceedings.” 

In addition, on March 21, 2020, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health issued an order designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 within St. Louis County, closing all non-essential businesses. The purpose of the order is to ensure that the maximum number of people remain at home when feasible, while still enabling essential services to continue. 

That order states, in part:

“Essential Government functions” means all services needed to ensure the continuing operation of federal, state, or local government departments, offices, agencies, officials, political subdivisions, entities created by intergovernmental agreement, essential court functions as determined by the Presiding Judge or the Presiding Judge’s designee, and any other government functions necessary to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the public;” 

Judge Draper’s March 16th order gave us a long list of the essential court functions that we must provide. We simply cannot close the courthouse doors entirely. Justice counts on us to remain open.

We need you here to provide the essential court functions to keep our community safe. However we do not need all of you here at the same time. 

A number of precautionary actions already are in place to help protect the health of our employees and the public and prevent the spread of the virus. These include: posting signs at the front of the building asking those who may have been exposed to the virus not to enter the building, taking the temperature of all individuals entering the building (including judges); allowing as many employees as possible to work remotely; instituting an A/B work schedule; practicing social distancing while at work; providing sanitation supplies to employees; and adding additional sanitation routines in the building. 

We are very aware of the challenges that employees have when they now suddenly have loved ones at home for whom they provide care.  Therefore we are exploring a number of scenarios to accommodate these needs, including the possibility of establishing nighttime and weekend hours to allow employees to be here to enter and process all the necessary information from court orders. 

Please check with your supervisor to make sure you know which days and times you are to report to work, or if you have any questions or concerns.

While we continue to carry out our essential functions to the public, we will continue to follow the latest recommendations from the County Department of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Please refer to their websites for updates, as the situation is constantly changing. The CDC website address is: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

The St. Louis County Department website address is  https://www.stlouisco.com/Your-Government/County-Executive/COVID-19. The  St. Louis County COVID-19 Hotline number is 314-615-2660  To receive text alerts when content is changed you can subscribe by texting STLOUISCOALERT to 67283.

Thank you all for your patience and your commitment to serving the public during this challenging time.

ASSOCIATE CRIMINAL

March 20, 2020

As of now, until April 3rd, all matters that do not involve a defendant who is currently in the St. Louis County Jail will be postponed and rescheduled. This process will continue throughout any extension of those orders unless notified otherwise. 

The Court will be sending you a notice of your new court date.  It is the defendant’s responsibility to make sure that the Court has the defendant’s current address and to check on the next court date if they do not get notice in the mail.  Please check CaseNet at www.courts.mo.gov for information about your case, including your next court date.  We also recommend that you sign-up for Track This Case.

We strongly discourage in-person visits to the courthouse.  Our clerks are available by phone during normal business hours.  Fines may also be paid online on CaseNet www.courts.mo.gov.

To control crowd size in our relatively small courtrooms, non-witnesses will not be permitted in the associate criminal courtrooms unless previously authorized by the Judge.  If you wish to attend Court, please contact the prosecuting attorney, defense attorney or Division clerk directly. 

We ask that you maintain social distance of at least 6 feet when possible. Please avoid sitting by others and leave at least two seats in any direction between you and someone else.

HEARING SCHEDULE: 

10:00 Confined Docket – Daily

10:00 Confined Self-Represented Call Docket Cases ONLY, if any – M-T-W-TH (except for days previously designated as jury weeks or Confined Only per the Division calendars)  

10:00 Confined Bond Review Docket– Daily 

10:30 Confined Preliminary Hearings – M-T-W-TH (except for days previously designated as jury weeks or Confined Only per the Division calendars)

ATTORNEYS:  Please check your settings in advance.  If you do not intend to have the hearing for the confined defendant or if you represent the defendant and you wish to waive the defendant’s appearance, please notify opposing counsel and the Division clerk in advance so we can avoid an unnecessary move and contact within the jail.

APPEARANCE BY VIDEO: If you or any witness wishes to appear via video or phone conferencing please contact opposing counsel and advise them of the request.  Then contact the Division clerk at least 48 hours in advance of the setting.  Efiling a request is alone is NOT sufficient. A confirmation email will be sent to you by the Division clerk.  Please respond to the email to confirm receipt. If you do not receive an email it is the attorney’s responsibility to follow up with the Division clerk.

WITNESSES: You will need to get a Court Order in advance for security to permit witnesses to enter the building.  Please be mindful of how many people are in the courtroom and if prudent ask your witnesses to wait in the large rotunda area outside the courtroom.

TRIALS: If you have a bench trial set with a confined defendant, please contact the other side and advise the Division clerk immediately if you have an agreement on how to proceed or if you need to discuss the matter with the judge. A protocol may be established in the near future to deal with this issue.

FILING OF DOCUMENTS: Our clerks are usually very liberal about our efiling policy but we have instructed our clerks to refuse to accept unnecessary paperwork that should be efiled per our efiling policy. This does not apply to documents that will prevent the arrest or that will allow the release of a defendant where time is of the essence.

Family Treatment Court – SAFETI Program

March 18, 2020

In response to the impact of the COVID 19 outbreak, the Family Treatment Court – SAFETI Program wants to clearly communicate our approach to this ongoing situation. We know that with social distancing, as recommended by the CDC, there will be court delays, postponements, and potentially even closings. We want to reassure you that we are here for you. On a date later to be determined, Family Treatment Court – SAFETI Program will resume. During this outbreak period, the following will be expected of you:
· 1 on 1 video conferencing through the Duo app, available on Android and I-Phone1X a week.
· You must contact your treatment team 1X a week by phone as usual.
· Random urinalysis screens will continue as usual.
· Attend 2 documented NA/AA meetings either online or by phone each week until Family Treatment Court resumes.
· Follow all recommended substance abuse treatment given by the treatment organization.

Prospective Jurors – No Jurors Needed the Weeks of March 23, March 30, April 6 and April 13

March 18, 2020

Per Supreme Court of Missouri en banc order dated March 16, 2020 in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, Jurors will not be needed the weeks of March 23, March 30, April 6 and April 13. If you received a summons for these weeks, do not come to the courthouse.

Administrative Order 14

March 16, 2020

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Administrative Order 13

March 13, 2020

Presiding Judge Michael D. Burton has issued the following Administrative Order scaling back court operations in order to protect public health and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. The order coincides with announcements by St. Louis County Executive Sam Page and Missouri Gov. Mike Parson declaring a state of emergency.

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