Today’s update relays the Governor’s actions related to freezing the state budget and the courts’ extension of social distancing measures.  Additionally, there is an update on the City of St. Louis’ response to COVID-19.



  • The Missouri Supreme Court extended its statewide suspension of most in-person courtroom proceedings through May 1, 2020. The order is to apply to all in-person hearings before the appellate and circuit courts, including juvenile, family, and municipal. However, judges have been using, and will continue to use, teleconferencing and videoconferencing for hearings in an attempt to prevent a major backlog once social distancing restrictions are lifted. For more information, or for other important court updates, visit
  • In an effort to continue social distancing and stop the spread of COVID-19, St. Louis City Buildings, including City Hall, will be closing until further notice. The Mayor of the City of St. Louis, Lyda Krewson, announced that visitors will no longer by allowed inside and a very limited number of employees will remain at the buildings, while many continue to work from home. Like many businesses, this decision was made in the best interest of the citizens and employees. For more information on the closing, visit

HeplerBroom attorney Emilee M. Bramstedt contributed to this blog post.