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Administrative order regarding COVID-19 (3-20-2020)

IN THE THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT OF MISSOURI
EN BANC

IN RE: COVID-19
03-2020

ORDER

WHEREAS, the existence and spread of the COVID-19 has resulted in the declaration ofa
world—wide pandemic; and

WHEREAS, it is imperative to take steps to protect the health and safety of all employees of the
13‘h Judicial Circuit, all judicial officers and all attorneys and parties who have court hearings or
other business in this Judicial Circuit while also balancing the rights of all said individuals and
parties to ligitation; and

WHEREAS, it is appropriate and necessary to take quick action to reduce the possibility of
exposure to COVID-19 and to reduce the spread of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, the unprecedented circumstances existing at this time warrant this administrative
action; and

WHEREAS, Governor Parsons has declared a State of Emergency to allow agencies to take
measures to reduce the possibility of exposure to COVID-19 and promote the health and safety
of the citizens of the State of Missouri; and

WHEREAS, the COVID-19 virus spreads between people who are in close contact with one
another through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes; and

WHEREAS, a large gathering of individuals without necessary mitigation for the spread of
infection may pose a risk of the spread of infectious disease; and

WHEREAS, the Court desired to employ all reasonable and prudent measures to help protect
the general public, litigants, lawyers, and employees from the spread of the COVID-19 creating
this emergency:

WHEREAS, the Presiding Judge of the 13‘” Judicial Circuit has the authority over dockets of
this Circuit and the authority to enter Orders affecting the general scheduling of cases in this
Circuit.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, effective March 17, 2020 and continuing through April 17, 2020,
unless otherwise specifically set forth below or unless modified or extended in a subsequent
administrative order, only the following cases will be heard:

  • In custody initial appearances and arraignments within 48 business hours
  • Bond hearings as required pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 33
  • Any other in custody criminal cases that can be conducted by video
  • 96 hour hearings
  • Ex partes, temporary restraining orders, and preliminary injunctions
  • Juvenile detention hearings
  • Juvenile delinquency cases in custody that can be conducted by video
  • Abuse/neglect protective custody hearings
  • Emergency guardianships
  • Writ of habeas corpus hearings
  • Any additional case authorized to be heard by the Presiding Judge

Pursuant to Section 455 .040.1 RSMo. and for good cause as demonstrated in this Administrative
Order, all hearings on full orders of protection that are scheduled during this time period will be
continued for two weeks from the date of the currently scheduled hearing. All Ex Parte Orders of
Protection currently in existence will be extended by operation ofthis Administrative Order until
the new hearing date.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED the clerk will send notice in all other cases which are set within
30 days of implementation of this plan and will reset those cases out an additional 30-90 days
fi‘om the date they are currently set.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED all municipal courts in the 13‘” Circuit are subject to this
Administrative Order and are encouraged to take appropriate action consistent with this
Administrative Order and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

WHEREAS, Pursuant to Supreme Court Operating Rule 7 the Circuit Court Budget
Committee has authorized Presiding Judges throughout the judiciary to authorize administrative
leave for staff who are directed or allowed to be away from the office for reasons related to the
COVID-19. The Presiding Judge may authorize such administrative leave by local
administrative order to meet the essential needs of the court, their staff, and the public.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, for those staff directed to be on administrative leave to assist
with reasons related to COVID-19, state employees are directed to take administrative leave for
those hours directed to be out of the office; Boone County employees are directed to take other
leave for those hours directed to be out of the office; Callaway County employees will be
advised of the appropriate leave to note, and employees shall not be required to charge the leave
against the employee’s accrued annual leave, sick leave, accrued compensatory time, or leave
without pay.

Done this 16th day of March, 2020.

Kevin Crane
Presiding Judge