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Court Announcements and News

Holiday Closure - Memorial Day

The United States Eastern District of Missouri District Courts, Clerks Office, Probation and Pretrial Services will be closed on Monday, May 30th in celebration of Memorial Day.


All electronic systems will be in operation including CM/ECF, PACER, E-Pro Se, and E-Juror

Judge Catherine D. Perry awarded American Inns of Court – Eighth Circuit Professionalism Award

The Court is pleased to announce that District Judge Catherine D. Perry is this year’s recipient of the American Inns of Court Professionalism Award. The award was presented at the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference in Rogers, Arkansas, on May 5, 2016.


CJA Seminar - May 12, 2016

The U.S. District Court and the Office of Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of Missouri are pleased to announce the Fourteenth Annual Criminal Justice Act Seminar to be held Thursday, May 12, 2016, at the Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse. Registration for this event is now open.

Bench & Bar Seminar

The U.S. District Court's Southeastern Division Bench & Bar Seminar will be held on Friday, April 22, 2016, at the Rush Hudson Limbaugh U.S. Courthouse in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with welcoming remarks at 12:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend this seminar and lunch will be provided to registered attorneys.


Public Comment - US v. City of Ferguson

Hon. Catherine D. Perry has set Tuesday, April 19 at 9:30 am in Courtroom 3N of the Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse for public comment on the proposed consent decree in the case of US v. City of Ferguson, 4:16-cv-180-CDP. Those interested in speaking may come beginning at 8 am that day in order to sign up to speak.

Announcing Hon. Audrey G. Fleissig as Missouri Lawyers Weekly's Woman of the Year

The US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri is pleased to announce that Hon. Audrey Fleissig has been selected as Missouri Lawyers Weekly's Woman of the Year. "I'm very humbled and honored knowing how many women lawyers with extraordinary accomplishments are in our legal community," said Judge Fleissig upon learning of her selection.

Public Notice: Request For Public Comments

The current term of office of Judge Kathy A. Surratt-States, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri is due to expire on March 17, 2017. The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit is considering the reappointment of Judge Kathy A.

Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference

The judges of the Eighth Circuit courts invite you to join them May 3 - 5, 2016, at the Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas for the Judicial Conference. Guest Speakers will include Chief Justice John Roberts and Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred. You may register for the conference at: www.yesevents.com/8thCircuitJC


See attachment for more details.


Federal Courthouses in Eastern Missouri Will Still Accept Missouri IDs for Entry Into Courthouse

The US Marshal's Office in Eastern Missouri has released the following statement in response to concerns that Missouri state IDs would no longer be accepted in federal courthouses due to the federal Real ID Act: "At this point in time we are not changing our identification and security procedures in response to the Real ID Act.

2016 Brings Several Changes

 Retiring Judge, New Judge, New Chief Judges and New Rules.  See attachment for the whole story.


Order - The Appointment of the Merit Selection Panel

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that a Merit Selection Panel for the consideration of the reappointment of United States Magistrate Judge David D. Noce is established.


Public Notice

Proposed Amendments To Local Rules

Press Release: Court Selects A New Magistrate Judge

Chief Judge Catherine D. Perry announced today that the district judges of the United States District Court have selected Judge Patricia L. Cohen to fill the upcoming vacancy for United States Magistrate Judge. The selection was made from nominees submitted by a Merit Selection Panel consisting of attorneys and lay persons residing within the district.

2014 District Court Annual Report Released

Today, Chief Judge Catherine Perry and Clerk of Court Greg Linhares announced the release of the Court's 2014 Annual Report. Please click on the attached link for the full report on the ways in which the Court worked to serve the public, bench, and bar in 2014


Merit Selection Panel Appointment

United States Magistrate Judge Terry I. Adelman Retires

Hon. Terry I. Adelman is serving his final day as a United States Magistrate Judge today. See the following press release for more information.


John Bodenhausen Selected As New Magistrate Judge

Chief Judge Catherine D. Perry announced today that the district judges of the United States District Court have selected John M. Bodenhausen to fill the upcoming vacancy created when United States Magistrate Judge Terry I. Adelman retires in April 2015.


Local Rules - Proposed November changes take effect

Several amendments to The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri’s local rules took effect yesterday. No public comments were received on the rules. The rules are effective immediately but are still subject to review and approval by the 8th Circuit Judicial Council.

Instructions - Re Registration Fee Payment Instructions


Pursuant to Local Rule 12.01(D), all attorneys admitted to the Bar of the Eastern District of Missouri must renew their membership every four years. The purpose of the re-registration is to keep the court's attorney database accurate.


Press Release

Lawyers admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri will be hearing from the Clerk of Court beginning November 17, 2014. Every member of the bar will receive an e-mail message explaining the court’s requirement that lawyers renew their registration and provide an update of their profile.

Order: Merit Selection Panel

Proposed Amendments Published for Public Comment

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules and forms, and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment.

Ronnie L White Appointed District Judge


United States District Judge Ronnie L. White began his full-time work in the Thomas F. Eagleton Building at the beginning of August. He is in the process of receiving and reviewing his assigned caseload, hiring his staff, working with counsel on his assigned cases, and gradually receiving new cases as they are filed.


Notice of Juror Phishing Scam

A number of district courts have reported in the last few days that citizens are being targeted by a juror phishing email. This email asks recipients to provide personal identifiers (SSN, DOB, mother’s maiden name, etc.) on an attached PDF form to be emailed back to the originator. A sample of the scam email is included at the end of this notice.

2013 Annual Report

The 2013 Annual Report for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri is now available online. Please select the preceding 2013 Annual Report hyperlink to view the report or go to the Clerk's Office tab and select Annual Reports.

Press Release: New Clerk of Court

Chief Judge Catherine D. Perry announced today that the District Judges of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri have selected Gregory J. Linhares as the next Clerk of Court. Linhares will assume the position when current Clerk, James G. Woodward, retires on June 30, 2014.

Opt-In Deadline Extended in NuvaRing Settlement

The deadline for Plaintiffs to opt-in to the proposed settlement in the In re NuvarRing multidistrict litigation case has been extended to April 9, 2014. For more information, please visit the official NuvaRing settlement website at www.nuvaringofficialsettlement.com.


Proposed Settlement in the NuvaRing Multidistrict Litigation case

Parties Announce a Proposed Settlement in the NuvaRing Multidistrict Litigation case. The settlement agreement is contingent upon participation thresholds.

Pro Bono Public Service Opportunity

Attorneys in the Eastern District of Missouri have a unique opportunity to fulfill their professional obligation to perform pro bono public service by providing legal assistance to unrepresented civil litigants in the United States District Court.

Attorney Admission Process Is Now Electronic!

The Eastern District of Missouri will be implementing a new electronic attorney admission process beginning August 1, 2012. An applicant, seeking admission to the Eastern District of Missouri, will be able to complete an application for admission online and submit the application and fee using CM/ECF.

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