22nd Circuit holds public forum on navigating family court at St. Louis' Central Library


family court forum at the Central Library in downtown St. Louis

The 22nd Judicial Circuit hosted its fourth public forum Thursday night at the Central Library in downtown St. Louis. The panel discussion, called "Navigating Family Court focused on common issues that arise in family court including child custody cases, orders of protection and the roles guardians ad litem have in court. Expert panelists in family law provided insight on expectations for coming to and preparing for court as well as the rights of individuals who may be parties in family court cases.

Navigating Family Court flyerThe panelists for the forum were:

David Roither, a St. Louis circuit judge
Katherine Wessling, managing attorney at the Crime Victim Center
Heather Heffner, the DV/Pro Se manager for the 22nd Circuit
Celeste Endicott, a family law managing attorney for St. Francis Community Services
Karma Q. Edwards, a family law attorney and St. Louis city municipal judge

The moderator was St. Louis Circuit Judge Theresa C. Burke. The livestream for the forum is available on the court's YouTube channel.

Previous public panel discussions this and last years at the Central Library have delved into consumer protection, bond and detention as well as landlord/tenant issues. Livestreams to those panels are accessible on the court's YouTube channel.