Carnahan Courthouse

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 on
Wednesday April 10, 2024, Tuesday May 7, 2024,
and May 28 through May 31, 2024.

DIV. 1 NOTICE: All informals will be held IN PERSON.

The probation revocation docket is now on Thursday, 1:00 PM.

NOTICE: A Special session of the Court en banc will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. in person in the Civil Courts Building, Court En Banc room, 12th Floor. Remote attendance is not an option.

Notice: Effective April 18, 2022, procedures related to Petit Jury Trials. Click on the link below to view full Administrative Order
(Link to Order)


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