Clayton, MO -- St. Louis County Presiding Judge Douglas R. Beach and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger welcomed more than 250 guests to the formal dedication of the newly expanded St. Louis County Circuit Court facilities at 105 South Central Avenue in Clayton on Friday, June 23.
“The Courthouse is a place where countless individuals – regardless of circumstance – come in the pursuit of justice, protection and equity,” Judge Beach said. “It is also a symbol of the principles we hold most dear: faith in our Constitution, faith in the rule of law, and hope for a brighter future.”
The $130 million construction and renovation project was made possible by “Proposition S,” a bond issue passed by St. Louis County voters in 2012. The bond issue raised $100 million without a tax increase; St. Louis County provided additional funding. The 380,000 square-foot project, which broke ground in May of 2014, came in more than a million dollars under budget.
Leaders of the campaign to pass “Proposition S” included Judge Beach; attorney Tom Lang, Judge Mary Pat Schroeder; former St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley; former St. Louis County Chief Operating Officer Garry Earls; former Director of Public Works Sheryl Hodges; attorneys Mark Dunn, Bob Blitz, Mark Gaertner, John Gunn and Seth Albin. Others involved during the construction included St. Louis County project managers Kevin Underwood and Greg Poppitz; design/architect Tom Brooks-Pilling and former Presiding Judge Maura McShane.
The renovated courthouse provides modern, safe facilities for Missourians to seek justice, including enhanced security for the public, judges and clerks; 47 courtrooms with closed-circuit TV cameras; Wifi; and public access to Case.net information online. Touch-screen digital “wayfinding” stations provide 3-D maps and information in English and Spanish to help visitors locate services and courtrooms. In the coming months, digital monitors set up outside the courtrooms will display current docket information. Thousands of boxes once filled with paperwork have been replaced by e-filing, saving space and streamlining recordkeeping. Today, the Court is nearly paperless.
The new building also houses the former Family Court complex on Brentwood Boulevard,
with an expanded area for filing orders of protection, private rooms for parents making custody exchanges, larger courtrooms and modernized juvenile detention facilities including classrooms, family meeting rooms, a medical clinic, a lounge area, and indoor and outdoor gymnasiums.
The 21st Judicial Circuit is the largest and busiest in the state of Missouri. It employs 235 State employees and 389 County employees.
For more information contact:
St. Louis County Circuit Court
Public Information Officer Christine Bertelson