In 1828, the city of St. Louis opened its first courthouse. For more than 180 years, the Circuit Court has stood
among the most storied and historically significant courts in America.
In 1850, a St. Louis jury granted Dred and Harriet Scott, Missouri slaves, their freedom. That decision would
eventually be overturned in the United States Supreme Court and push the country into civil war.
Today, the St. Louis Circuit Court comprises two courthouses -- the Civil Courts Building and the Carnahan
Courthouse -- and conducts approximately 200 jury trials a year, staffs a juvenile court and detention facility,
operates a drug treatment court for nonviolent offenders and is active in public education through the city's schools
and community groups.
As it was in 1828, the Court remains committed to providing all people an open, fair, efficient, and independent
system for the advancement of justice under the law and to efficiently and effectively carry out the duties bestowed
upon us by the State of Missouri.
NOTICE: The handicap-accessible ramp on the Chestnut Street side of the Civil Courts Building is closed for repairs until further notice. Those needing wheelchair access may use the ramp on Market Street side of the building. We apologize for the inconvenience.
NOTICE: Division 1 will hold NO informal docket March 13, 2024.
NOTICE: Division 1 will hold NO informal docket the
week of March 25, 2024.
DIV. 1 NOTICE: All informals will be held IN PERSON.
The probation revocation docket is now on Thursday, 1:00 PM.
NOTICE: A session of the Court's Rules Committee will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. in the Court En Banc room, 12 Floor, of the Civil Courts Building.
NOTICE: A Special session of the Court en banc will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 3:00 p.m. in person in the Court En Banc room. Remote attendance via webex will not be an option for this meeting
Effective April 18, 2022, procedures related to Petit Jury Trials. Click on the link below to view full Administrative Order
(Link to Order)