Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 487
Family Courts
Section 487.010

August 28, 2013


Designation of family courts--designation of division--administrative judge--split venue, assignments--removal of judge.

487.010. 1. The majority of the circuit judges and associate circuit judges en banc, in the circuit, may designate, by local court rule, a family court in a county in the circuit as provided in sections 487.010 to 487.190.

2. The presiding judge of each circuit where the circuit or a county in the circuit has a family court shall designate the division or divisions of the circuit court that shall be the family court. In those circuits with split venue, a division shall be designated in each venue.

3. In each circuit having more than one division designated as the family court, the presiding judge shall designate from the divisions so designated an administrative judge of the family court.

4. In any circuit with a county with split venue, there shall be at least one circuit judge assigned to the family court for each block of one hundred sixty thousand persons, or portion of such block, based upon the latest decennial national census.

5. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter to the contrary, the judges of the court en banc may remove a judge from his duties as a family court judge and may assign a new judge to sit as the family court judge.

6. This section shall not be construed as eliminating any family courts in existence as of December 31, 2019.

(L. 1993 H.B. 346 1, A.L. 1995 S.B. 347, A.L. 2013 H.B. 374 & 434)

*Effective 12-31-20, see 478.191

Family courts established, certain circuits--designation of family courts, certain circuits--designation of division--administrative judge--split venue, assignments--removal of judge.

487.010. 1. There is hereby created in the circuit court of the following judicial circuits of the state, a division or divisions to be designated as provided in sections 487.010 to 487.190, which shall be the family court:

(1) Circuit number seven, consisting of the county of Clay;

(2) Circuit number thirteen, consisting of Callaway and Boone;

(3) Circuit number sixteen, consisting of the county of Jackson;

(4) Circuit number twenty-one, consisting of the county of St. Louis;

(5) Circuit number twenty-two, consisting of the city of St. Louis;

(6) Circuit number thirty-one, consisting of the county of Greene; and

(7) Any other circuit which chooses, by local court rule, to have a family court as provided in sections 487.010 to 487.190.

2. The majority of the circuit judges and associate circuit judges en banc, in the circuit, may designate, by local court rule, a family court in a county in the circuit as provided in sections 487.010 to 487.190.

3. The presiding judge of each circuit where the circuit or a county in the circuit has a family court shall designate the division or divisions of the circuit court that shall be the family court. In those circuits with split venue, a division shall be designated in each venue.

4. In each circuit having more than one division designated as the family court, the presiding judge shall designate from the divisions so designated an administrative judge of the family court.

5. In any circuit with a county with split venue, there shall be at least one circuit judge assigned to the family court for each block of one hundred sixty thousand persons, or portion of such block, based upon the latest decennial national census.

6. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter to the contrary, the judges of the court en banc may remove a judge from his duties as a family court judge and may assign a new judge to sit as the family court judge.

(L. 1993 H.B. 346 1, A.L. 1995 S.B. 347)

*This section was amended by H.B. 374 & 434, 2013. Due to a delayed effective date, both versions of this section are printed here.


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