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The 22nd Judicial Circuit Court in St. Louis is dedicated to transparency and making information available to the public and the news media in as timely a manner as possible.

If you have any questions or you are looking for information not found on our website or on Missouri, please contact the court’s public information office at 314-622-5685.

The Court’s public information office is located in Room 805B of the Carnahan Courthouse and can be reached at 314-622-5685. The public and members of the media are welcome to call anytime for assistance.

Joel Currier is the chief communications officer for the 22nd Circuit Court. Questions about the 22nd Circuit and/or public records requests should be sent to

To request camera access to a court proceeding, read Missouri Supreme Court Operating Rule 16, which spells out the guidelines for allowing cameras and recording devices inside Missouri courtrooms. Pursuant to Rule 16.03, the court-appointed media pool coordinator for the 22nd Judicial Circuit is Stephanie Usery, digital content manager, KMOV-TV. Office: 314-444-6450. Email:

Covering juvenile court

The rules for covering juvenile court cases are more restrictive than in the adult court system. In Missouri, juvenile court has jurisdiction over accused offenders who are 17 and younger, alleged to have committed a crime in St. Louis or are city residents. The juvenile court and detention center are at North Vandeventer and Enright Avenues. The juvenile detention center holds, on average, between 30 to 50 there on a daily basis.

Delinquency is not the only issue that the juvenile court deals with. Many children who come into contact with the courts are not accused of committing a crime but are victims of abuse or neglect. The juvenile court has the authority to remove a child from an abusive home and place the child in the legal ustody of the Children's Division for appropriate placement. The court must also approve all adoptions. The court supervises children placed under its jurisdiction until the age of 21.

By law, some juvenile proceedings are open to the public and the media while others are not. Generally, cameras and recording devices are not allowed in juvenile proceedings and juveniles should not be identified unless they have been charged as an adult. Reporters are welcome to attend open hearings, but be aware that the juvenile courtrooms are much smaller than regular courtrooms. Reporters should request access in advance and arrive early.

A mandatory certification hearing occurs for a child of any age when the crime committed is serious enough that a judge needs to decide if the child should stand trial as an adult. There are seven crimes that will automatically trigger a certification hearing:

- first-degree murder
- second-degree murder
- first-degree assault
- first-degree robbery
- forcible rape/sodomy or first-degree sodomy
- distribution of drugs

Juveniles will also have a certification hearing if they have two or more prior, unrelated felony convictions.

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