Circuit Clerk’s Office traces $8 million in unclaimed funds, distributes $3.6 million to state and local agencies

ST. LOUIS (June 19, 2014) — Jane Schweitzer, clerk of the 22nd Judicial Circuit of Missouri, is distributing to state and local agencies $3.6 million in unclaimed funds accumulated over several decades.

These payouts came from undistributed court costs, fines and fees. Payments include $1,891,504 to the City of St. Louis and $1,662,484 to the State of Missouri.

Previously, Schweitzer’s office transferred more than $4 million in unclaimed funds held in the Registry of the Court to the Missouri State Treasurer for distribution to approximately 35,000 litigants under the unclaimed property laws.

The $8 million in unclaimed funds had vexed circuit clerks for decades.  Last year, Schweitzer hired an auditing firm after issuing a request for proposals.  Fees for the audit came from the unclaimed funds themselves, in accordance with state statutes.

Schweitzer said, “I am very proud of this team effort, which shows what the court can accomplish when we put our minds together. The unclaimed funds in the Registry of the Court have been a problem for over 30 years, and through our combined efforts we have solved it.”

Portrait Donation

Judge Calhoun Portrait

Mark Wenner, center, presenting a photo portrait of former St. Louis Circuit Judge John Calhoun to Judges Thomas Grady, left, and Philip Heagney, right.

Born in St. Louis in 1885, Calhoun graduated from Washington University Law School. He was Chief attorney for the St. Louis Bar Association’s Legal Aid Bureau and subsequently headed the City’s Municipal Legal Aid Bureau. Considered a scholar of the law and a friend of the poor, he was elected circuit judge for the City of St. Louis (then 8th Circuit) in November 1916 and re-elected in 1922. He and his wife, Margaret (Haase) Calhoun, had three daughters, Margaret Clara, Doris Carolyn, and Phyllis Susan, and made their home in the 3500 block of Longfellow Boulevard.

Wenner currently resides in Cuba, Mo., but formerly practiced law in St. Louis County. A former client was the sister of Judge Calhoun and asked that the portrait be donated to the court.