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What Will the Courts Look Like As We Begin to Reopen?

St. Louis City and St. Louis County have both announced plans to ease restrictions on their stay at home order beginning on May 18. Some non-essential businesses will begin to reopen, while others are choosing to remain closed. But what about the courts?   What Has the Court Ordered? On May 4, the Court ordered a new Operational Directive for “Easing Covid-19 Restrictions on In-Person Proceedings,” which supersedes their order from April 17. Currently, all courts will remain mostly closed to the public except for essential matters. However, on May 16, the Courts will begin opening in phases, beginning at Operating Phase Zero. Phase...

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Breaking News: Order from the Supreme Court of Missouri

The Supreme Court of Missouri released a court order this afternoon that states that all courts will remain open during this pandemic, but will be suspending all in-person proceedings in all appellate and circuit courts – including all associate, family, juvenile, municipal, and probate divisions from Tuesday, March 17, 2020, through Friday, April 3, 2020, with several exceptions.  ...

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Should You Plead Guilty to a Crime?

When the state charges you with a crime, you can choose to fight the case against you or to plead guilty. The choice to plead guilty is an extremely important one and involves weighing a number of factors, including whether you believe you committed a crime, the strength of the case against you, and the potential consequences you are facing should you choose to fight the case. While an attorney can advise you as to the relative pros and cons associated with choosing to plead guilty or not, the choice is always up to you. Pleading Guilty Can Mitigate Your Consequences Many people wonder why anyone would plead guilty to a...

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