PRESIDING JUDGE RACHEL BRINGER SHEPHERD ANNOUNCES COURT UPDATE
Presiding Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd has announced the following changes
to court operations in the Tenth Judicial Circuit:
By order of the Marion, Monroe, and Ralls County Commissions, the doors to
the Courthouses of the Tenth Judicial Circuit in Palmyra, Hannibal, Paris,
and New London are now locked. Members of the public having business that
needs to be conducted in person in the Courthouse may call the number of
the office they are wishing to visit to receive further instructions.
Electronic filing (e-filing) of cases will continue unchanged at this time.
The Circuit Court employees are still working inside the courthouse. Any
person entering the courthouse, including attorneys, may be subject to a
temperature check and additional health assessment.
By order of the Missouri Supreme Court, the following persons shall not
enter the Courthouses of the Tenth Judicial Circuit or any of the court
- Persons who have traveled to any foreign county within the last 14 days;
- Persons who reside or have had close contact with someone who has
travelled to any foreign country within the last 14 days;
- Persons who have been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital or
- Persons who have been diagnosed with, or have had contact with, anyone
who has been diagnosed with COVID-19; and
- Persons with unexplained fever, cough or shortness of breath.
In-person court hearings that do not involve emergency safety issues or
have immediate impact on constitutional rights have been suspended by the
Missouri Supreme Court through April 3rd. If you have a hearing scheduled
before April 6, 2020, please check Missouri Casenet for rescheduling
information or contact your attorney for updates. You may also call the
Circuit Clerks' offices for more information. The numbers are:
Palmyra--573-769-2550; Hannibal--573-221-0198; Paris--877-433-3061; New
Members of the public needing assistance from the Circuit Court are
instructed as follows:
1. Orders of Protection, Please call the Circuit Clerk's office to receive
the forms for completion. You may also call Avenues at 573-406-1400 for
assistance with completing the order of protection forms. When the forms
are completed, please drop them in the drop box outside of the courthouse
and notify the Circuit Clerk's office by phone that the forms are
completed and ready for filing.
2. Mental Health emergencies/96 hour holds/emergency guardianships:
Please call the Circuit Clerk's office to obtain forms needed for filing.
You may also call Mark Twain Behavioral Health at 573-221-2120 (Marion and
Ralls) or the Arthur Center (Ralls and Monroe) at 573-582-1234 for more
3. Payments: Please call the Circuit Clerk's office for information about
online payments through Casenet or CourtMoney.com.
4. Pro se filings (for individuals that are not represented by an
attorney): Please place your documents in the dropbox outside of the
Courthouse, and call the Circuit Clerk's office to let them know the
documents are in the box and ready for filing.
5. Weddings: Please call the Circuit Clerk's office for information about
scheduling a wedding.
6. Juvenile matters: Please contact the Juvenile office at 573-221-1182
for further information.
7. Juror forms: Juror questionnaires can be mailed to the Circuit Clerk's
office or placed in the dropboxes at the courthouses.
8. GED Class: The GED/HISET class funded by the Tenth Judicial Circuit
Treatment Court, located at the Shirley Bomar Center in Hannibal, will be
suspended until further notice.
Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd said, "I am very grateful for cooperation and
understanding in implementing these safety precautions, and if you have any
questions or concerns about court operations or procedures, please do not
hesitate to contact me at 573-221-0579."
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