Please be advised that the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court will dismiss early on Thursday, February 17, 2022 due to inclement weather that’s projected to negatively impact the St. Louis region beginning in the afternoon.
Court staff are authorized to leave at 1:30 p.m. Judges who have trials or hearings scheduled can decide whether to allow for early dismissal. The Grand Jury will be dismissed at 1:30 p.m. today after indictments are handed down.
The Court will continue to operate with a skeleton crew of staff who must provide coverage in their departments or divisions until close of regular business. The Court en Banc meeting scheduled virtually for Thursday, February 17 at 3 p.m. will proceed.
The 22nd Judicial Circuit Court of the State of Missouri, which proudly serves the City of St. Louis, today announced that for the first time it is now making publicly available to the community monthly Pretrial Data Reports.
The first of these new reports, which cover information garnered from pretrial hearings held in Division 16B in November and December 2021 and January 2022, are already available on the Court’s website using the link below:
Moving forward, additional monthly reports will be published in this same location and on the Court’s social media platforms after all relevant data is able to be collected, reviewed, and verified.
“The Court recognizes there’s often significant interest in the City’s pretrial population – criminal defendants who have been ordered detained and/or released back into the community before their case is resolved,” said Jacob Long, Chief Communications Officer for the 22nd Judicial Circuit. “With these reports, the Court is demonstrating in the aggregate a level of transparency around the types of decisions judges are required to make and the rules and statutes they’re required to follow.”
The reports, which are prepared by Court staff and designed for information-sharing purposes only, provide a detailed snapshot of the number of new criminal cases that enter the local criminal justice system, the level and types of charges involved, the number of defendants ordered detained pretrial and the number of defendants released pretrial, the various conditions the Court has imposed for pretrial releases, and other related details.
“These reports equip the public with factual information so they better understand some of the functions of their local judiciary and demonstrate how judges try to apply the law and balance the presumption of innocence, due process rights of the accused, and the safety of the community at large,” Long added.
Please be advised that the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court intends to reopen for regular business on Friday, February 4 but with a delayed start time of 10 a.m. by order of Acting Presiding Judge Elizabeth Hogan.
This will give Court employees and members of the general public extra time in the morning as accumulating snow could still cause problems on some side streets, in neighborhoods, and with public transportation routes.
Employees with questions about how this could impact their regular shift are encouraged to follow-up directly with their supervisor and/or appointing authority.
Relatedly, the plumbing work scheduled for inside the Civil Courts Building this week did not get done because of the weather so the CCB will be open and accessible Friday, February 4 as well. The Court plans to work to have that projected completed next week with hopefully as minimal impact on staff and the public as possible.
The Court thanks everyone for their flexibility and understanding regarding these weather-related operational changes this week. Please continue to be safe and well.
Please be advised that by order of Acting Presiding Judge Elizabeth Hogan, the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court will remain closed Thursday, February 3, 2022 for regular business due to a prolonged winter storm that continues to impact our area and out of an abundance of caution for our employees and the public.
This does not apply to critical staff members who are still required to come into work to maintain coverage of essential Court functions such as building security and juvenile detention.
Please visit our website to access resources, services, and other information that all remain available online despite the Court’s temporary closure: https://www.stlcitycircuitcourt.com/.
Unfortunately, due to the inclement weather, plumbing work previously scheduled for this week that will require a total water shut off at the Civil Courts Building has not yet been completed. However, the Court is hopeful the repairs can still be completed in a timely manner with as minimal impact to staff and the public as possible
Meanwhile, we are committed to providing ongoing updates as early and as often as we can as we continue to monitor the impacts of this storm and the conditions outside. Be sure to call our inclement weather hot line at (314) 622-4427 or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @22ndCircuitSTL for additional information.
We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. Please be safe.