You are here

FAQs

  • Can Clerk’s Office personnel answer legal questions or provide legal advice?

    No, Clerk’s Office personnel may not give legal advice. Th e Clerk’s Office will not be able to advise you on such things as:

    • explaining the meaning of rules
    • answering questions as to whether this is the proper Court in which to file your complaint
    • commenting on your case -recommending how you should proceed
    • predicting a decision a judicial officer might make
    • answering questions as to how long you have to file a complaint in this Court
  • Can I file a case without paying the $350 filing fee?

    Maybe. You must submit an IFP motion and an affidavit in which you will tell the court about your income and other financial information. These forms are available from the Clerk’s Office.

  • After filing my case, how do I go about getting facts and information from the defendant(s) so that I can prepare for trial?

    The process of getting facts and information is called discovery. Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26 controls discovery and you should refer to this rule for the methods you can use to obtain facts and information.

  • Are Juror Attendance Fees Reportable Income?

    Juror attendance fees are considered to be income and should be reported to the IRS on your tax form. The Court issues a 1099 MISC form to all jurors who have earned $600.00 or more in jury service fees. However, even if you have earned less than $600.00 in jury service fees, this income should be reported on your tax form. Payments for mileage/parking expenses are not considered income, but expense reimbursements.

  • Are there any services for my family available?

    Pretrial will make appropriate community referrals if requested. However, our office does not provide services to families of those under supervision.

  • Are there refreshments? Where Should I Go For Lunch?

    St. Louis

    In the Jury Assembly room, coffee, tea and a flltered water dispenser are available, along with light snacks. There is a full-service cafeteria located inside the courthouse on the first floor, and you will be given a list of restaurants located within walking distance when you first report. The Jury Assembly room has a refrigerator and microwave available for your use, so you are welcome to bring lunch.

    Cape Girardeau

    In the Jury Assembly Room, coffee and soda are available along with other light refreshments. There are a number of restaurants located on Broadway to go for lunch .

    Hannibal

    In the Jury Room, coffee is available along with light snacks. There are places for lunch located a short drive from the Courthouse.

  • Can I add claims to my complaint after I have filed it?

    Yes, if the defendant has not filed anything in response to your complaint, you may add more claims. This is called amending your complaint. If the defendant(s) has replied to your complaint, then you must receive permission from the Court to amend.

  • Can I file a case on my own behalf without an attorney?

    Yes, filing a case on your own behalf without an attorney is referred to as filing “Pro Se.” You should be aware that if you proceed pro se, you will be required to follow the same Court rules as an attorney.

  • Can I file a criminal case against someone?

    You cannot file a criminal case against anyone. The United States Attorney’s Office is responsible for filing federal criminal cases. Allegations of criminal behavior should be brought to the attention of the local police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or other appropriate law enforcement agency.

  • Can I get a copy of this Court’s Local Rules?

    Yes, copies are available from the Clerk’s Office and can also be obtained from this Court’s website, www.moed .uscourts.gov.

  • Can I pay the $350 filing fee in installments?

    No, you must pay the full $350 filing fee or file an IFP motion and affidavit.

  • Can someone tell me before I decide to pay the filing fee whether the Court will allow me to proceed IFP?

    No. Eligibility for IFP will be decided only when a Judge rules on your motion.

  • Can the needs of disabled persons serving as jurors be accommodated?

    Any juror who requires accommodations for a disability, including special arrangements for parking, should contact the jury administrator so that appropriate arrangements can be made in advance.

  • Can you provide me with the names of attorneys who could help me?

    No, the Clerk’s Office cannot provide you with the name of an attorney. You can, however, contact the Missouri Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service (phone number (573) 636-3635) to get the names of attorneys who may help you. In the St. Louis area, the Lawyer Referral Service can be reached by calling 314-621-6681.

  • Could there be additional costs involved in litigating my lawsuit besides paying the $350 filing fee?

    Yes, for example, you may have to pay someone to de liver your complaint. Also there may be costs for getting documents and information from witnesses and the defendant(s). Finally, the losing party may have to pay for some of the winning party’s expenses.

  • Does The Court Provide Proof Of Attendance?

    If an employer requires written verification of your attendance for jury service, you may obtain a certificate of attendance for each day you are required to report.

  • How am I enrolled in the program?

    Enrollment in the program occurs after a Pretrial Diversion investigation is completed by the Pretrial Services office. If the investigation reveals the individual is in compliance with the guidelines for referrals to the diversion program, the individual will be contacted to schedule an appointment to sign the diversion agreement. The pretrial diversion agreement is a contract between the government and the individual which states the condition of the diversion program for that individual.

  • How are documents prepared?

    Documents are created and saved in a portable document formal (PDF) prior to being filed.

  • How can I add a secondary e-mail address?

    Log into ecf using your Court-assigned login and password

    On the blue bar at the top of the screen, click on the word Utilities

    Click on Maintain Your E-mail

    Click on Add new e-mail address under the secondary e-mail addresses

    Submit all changes

    You should receive a page that contains the update was successful

  • How can I change my Court-assigned password?

    Log into ecf using your Court-assigned login and password.

    On the blue bar at the top of the screen, click on the word Utilities

    Click on Maintain Your Login/Password

    Click on the password field and type in your new password

    Click on Submit

  • How do I add additional attorneys to a case?

    To add an attorney to an existing case, use the attorney’s login and password assigned by the Court and file an Entry of Appearance

  • How do I change my contact information?

    Attorneys are responsible for reporting a change in the contact information by emailing their new contact information to Attorney_Admissions@moed.uscourts.gov. The email should include the attorney's name, federal bar number and new contact information including the firm name, address, telephone number, fax number and email address.

  • How do I contact my supervising officer?

    Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. After hours please leave a message on voice mail.

  • How do I file a case on my own behalf (Pro Se)?

    A case is started by filing a complaint. You should refer to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and this Court’s Local Rules for information about the proper form of your complaint. The Court requires a civil cover sheet (available from the Clerk’s Office) and a complaint that includes an original signature and your address. You must also either pay the $350 filing fee or request the Court to allow you to file the case without paying the filing fee. This is referred to as proceeding in forma pauperis (“IFP”).

  • How do I file electronically?

    Attorneys log on to the court’s ecf program https://ecf.moed.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl by using the login and password assigned by the court

    Click on Civil or Criminal

    Choose the event for the document being filed

    Select the party filing the document

    Browse and upload or file the document

    Verify the wording of the docket entry

    File the document

  • How do I know my document was filed and how is notification transmitted to the other parties?

    The ecf program sends an electronic receipt (NEF) to the filer verifying the document has been received and filed.

    Electronic notification goes to all parties whoare signed up for cm/ecf (Any party who is not signed up for ecf must be notified by mail by the filing party. The certificate of service on the document must state how the parties are being served).

    The docket sheet is updated and is immediately available to anyone with access to the system.

  • How do I post bond?

    Bonds may be posted with the court for bail as ordered by a judge. Bonds may be ordered to be posted in the form of cash, secured bond through a surety, property, or a combination of forms. All bonds must be ORDERED by the court before being accepted by the clerk’s office. Cash bonds should be tendered to the cashier located in the District Court Clerk’s Office. Bond may be posted by either cash or cashier’s check, payable to the Clerk, U.S. District Court. All bail bonds will be receipted by the cashier in the name of the defendant as specified by local rules.

  • How Long Will I Be Serving?

    Petit Jurors

    St. Louis The term of jury service in St. Louis is for a two week period. You are instructed to call the automated juror information phone or check online through the E-Juror program on the date and time indicated on your summons. You will continue checking for instructions as directed for the duration of your jury term. Usually jurors only report on time for jury selection during the term. If you are selected to serve for a trial which exceeds the service period, you will be required to serve until the completion of the trial. Many of the trials in this Court average three days long

    Cape Girardeau Petit Jurors are on call for three month term.

    Hannibal Petit Jurors are on call for three month term.

    On Call means you may be called to serve during that time period. You are not expected to be available every day during the term, as the court can schedule your appearances around vacation dates and other conflicts. Please notify the jury clerks of the dates so that they can be noted and you will not be sent a notice to report during these times. You do not need to report until you are notified by mail of a specific reporting date. The court sends out notices to report approximately ten days to two weeks in advance to notify you of a specific reporting date. The written notice will contain instructions for reporting and calling the automated jury phone or checking online through E-juror to confirm whether or not you need to appear on the scheduled reporting date.

    Grand Jurors - Grand Jurors serve for one year and may be extended if necessary.

    St. Louis Grand Jurors normally meet 1-2 days every other week

    Cape Girardeau Grand Jurors usually convene once a month

    Jurors' scheduled vacations can be accommodated.

  • How long will it take the Court to determine if I can proceed IFP?

    Usually, between thirty (30) and sixty (60) days

  • I tried to file a motion with the Court but it was returned to me because it did not contain a certificate of service . What is a certificate of service?

    Each document that you file with the Court must contain your signature and a certificate of service. A certificate of service indicates to the Court that you have delivered a copy of the document to the other parties. The certificate of service states the name and address of the attorney or party served with the document, the manner of service, and the date of service.

  • I was granted leave to file my complaint IFP and now I want to appeal, do I need to file another IFP motion for appea l?

    No, if the Court previously granted your motion to proceed IFP, you only have to file a notice of appeal.

  • If I file a case and request to proceed IFP, will th at stop the running of the statute of limitations or other deadli nes?

    Yes, if your complaint is accompanied by a completed IFP motion and affidavit.

  • Is there anyone who can assist me with my legal problems?

    Yes, you can contact the Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (phone number (314) 534-4200) or Gateway Legal Services (phone number (314) 534-0404).

  • Must I fully complete the juror qualification questionnaire even if I feel I have a reason to be excused?

    Federal law requires that you fully complete the Juror Qualification Questionnaire even if you may be exempted or are seeking to be excused. The court may determine that you should be excused from service if you have moved out of the district, you are enrolled as a full time student or you are not a citizen of the United States. Regardless of your circumstances, however, the Juror Qualification Questionnaire must be completed and returned as directed in the instructions.

  • My case has been assigned to a Magistrate Judge. What is a Magistrate Judge?

    Magistrate Judges are judicial officers appointed by the Court to assist in the work of the Court. They can also decide civil cases when both parties agree to have the case heard by a Magistrate Judge instead of a District Judge. If your case is assigned to a Magistrate Judge, you will receive a from that gives you the option to have your case heard by the Magistrate Judge. If you decide not to have your case heard by a Magist rate Judge, it will be reassigned to a District Court judge.

  • My Spouse (Child, Brother, Etc.) Is A Police Officer (Lawyer, Legal Secretary) - Am I Excused?

    The Federal Court has a wide range of civil and criminal cases, so your relationship to someone in the legal or law enforcement field may or may not have any bearing on the trial you are sent to for jury selection. Those relationships are not grounds for being excused.

  • Once the defendant(s) receives a copy of the complaint, how long does he/she have to reply?

    The defendant(s) has twenty (20) days to respond if the plaint iff delivers the complaint with a notice that a lawsuit has been filed. This notice is called a summons. If the defendant(s) agrees that the complaint can be delivered without a summons, then he/she has sixty (60) days from the date of mailing to respond.

  • Sex Offender Registeration

    Defendants with a prior conviction for an offense requiring registration with the State Sex Offenders registry MUST register to avoid a violation of his/her conditions of pretrial release. If a defendant is unclear on this matter, they are to seek direction from the Pretrial Services Office.

  • Viewing Restricted documents

    You must be logged in with your e-filing login, when viewing restricted documents. If you do not login with your e-filing login, CM/ECF will not know who you are and will not recognize you as a authorized user. The PACER login will only give you access to public documents and entries. It is recommended that you always login with your e-filing login and if you are required to pay for viewing a document or docket sheet, you will be prompted for a PACER login. You should then login with you PACER information.

  • What are conditions of release?

    In nearly all cases, the Court will order conditions of release as part of the bond requirements. Pretrial supervision is ordered in nearly all instances, as are travel restrictions. Additionally, no defendant may possess firearms or other dangerous devices, including ammunition, while the case is pending.

    Other conditions may be ordered and could include any or all of the following:

    • Avoid contact with any persons who are or may become a victim or potential witness
    • Report all contact with law enforcement
    • Surrender passport and obtain no passport
    • Electronic Monitoring
    • House Arrest
    • Curfew
    • Substance abuse testing and/or treatment
    • Mental health evaluation and/or counseling
    • Residence at a Community Corrections Center
    • Maintain employment or attend school
    • Other conditions may be ordered by the U.S. Magistrate Judge
  • What are the ecf filing requirements for attorneys?

    Attorneys must be admitted to practice in the Eastern District of Missouri, admitted pro hac vice or serving as a government attorney (who are exempt from membership pursuant to Local Rule 83-12.01).

    Attorneys must complete an e-filing registration form in advance to obtain a login and password. The application containing the attorney’s original signature will be kept on file in the clerks office for purposes of complying with Fed.R.Civ.P. 11 for documents that are filed electronically.

     An active PACER Account - REQUIRED.

  • What are the types of bond ordered by U.S. Magistrate Judges?

    There are a variety of bond types ordered in the Federal Courts. They include:

    • Personal recognizance bond: Defendant is released on his/her written promise to appear at all Court proceedings.
    • Unsecured bond: Defendant is released on his/her written promise to appear at all Court proceedings AND to pay the Court the full bond amount in the event he/she fails to appear.
    • Secured bond: Defendant’s release requires cash or collateral (property) be posted with the Court prior to the Defendant’s release from custody.
    • Surety bond: Defendant’s release requires a bondsman, attorney, or similar party, to post surety prior to the defendant’s release from custody. All sureties used must be on the Department of the Treasury’s Listing of Approved Sureties. The surety must have a current certificate of Authority from the State of Missouri on file with the Court. The agent appointed by the surety must have a valid power of attorney filed with the Court.
    • Release with Conditions: In addition to the above-mentioned bonds, the Court typically orders pretrial supervision and reporting as a condition of release for all defendants. Other special conditions may be ordered, including, but not limited to: travel restrictions, electronic monitoring (see separate section on this), substance abuse counseling and testing, and employment. Additionally, all defendants are ordered to not possess any firearm or dangerous device while on pretrial release.
  • What can I do if the Court dismisses my case?

    If you are dissatisfied with the Court’s decision to dismi ss your case, you may appeal your case to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. You must file your noti ce of appeal in the District Court Clerk’s Office. Generally, you have thirty (30) days from the date the judgment is ent ered to file your notice of appeal. The filing fee for a notice of appeal is $455 and is paid to the Clerk of the District Court.

  • What does it mean when someone is a third party custodian?

    This is a condition of release that designates an individual who agrees to assume supervision of the defendant and report any violations of release conditions to the Court. The custodian must inform the Court if they believe the defendant will fail to appear or, if the defendant’s behavior becomes a danger to the community.

  • What does my participation in a substance abuse program cost?

    Services for substance abuse counseling/testing and mental health counseling are provided by the Pretrial Services office unless otherwise determined by the Court.

  • What happens after I am assigned a case number?

    If you paid the filing fee, you will need to have a copy of the complaint delivered to each person you have named as a defendant. The way in which a copy of the complaint is delivered to the defendant(s) is called “service.” The Clerk’s Office ca n provide assistance on how to do this. If you did not pay the f iling fee, the Court will review your IFP motion and decide if yo u can proceed without paying the filing fee. The Court will also review your complaint to determine whether a copy of the complaint should be delivered to the defendant(s). If the Court decides that you do not have to pay the filing fee and determines that the complaint should be delivered to the defendant(s), the Clerk’s Office will have a copy of your complaint delivered to the defendant(s).

  • What happens if I am out of range?

    This issue will be discussed with the court.

  • What happens if my phone service is disconnected?

    If services are not re-connected, alternative sites (home plan) will be explored.

  • What happens if the bond is revoked?

    Forfeiture of bond may occur if the defendant fails to appear and bond is revoked. The Judge may issue a bench warrant and declare a revocation of the bail bond or appearance bond.

  • What if a defendant lives in another District - how does he/she report?

    If a defendant is charged in the Eastern District of Missouri, but lives in another area, the Pretrial Services Office will make arrangements for the Pretrial Services Office in the District of residence to provide supervision. The Officer will provide specific instructions on how to make contact with the supervising office prior to the defendant leaving the Eastern District of Missouri.

    Each time the defendant travels to the Eastern District of Missouri, he/she should report - in person - to the Pretrial Services Office and meet with the Pretrial Officer monitoring the case.

  • What if I have a medical issue and want to be excused?

    If you have a physical or mental impairment which you believe prevents you from serving as a juror, the court requires a recent statement from you doctor stating your inability to serve as a juror, signed by an M.D., D.O. or a Nurse Practitioner. Whether you are requesting to be excused due to a medical condition or not you must complete and submit the Juror Qualification Questionnaire, or if summoned, the Juror Information Form. These can be faxed to 314-244-7859.

  • What If I Have A Serious Hardship?

    During your term of service, if you have a scheduled vacation or other specific dates that you will be unable to serve, please notify:

    For St. Louis or Hannibal- the jury clerks at (314)244-7850 or toll free (866)510-1925
    For Cape Girardeau - the jury clerks at (573)331-8800

    or,

    you may write these dates on the information forms which you return to the court.

    If you have a compelling reason to be excused from jury service or deferred to a later term, you must submit your request in writing along with your completed Juror Information form. The request to be excused must detail the hardship. If you are seeking to be excused or postponed due to medical reasons, you must submit a statement from your physician(M.D.) stating your inability to serve. Please do NOT wait until you are to appear to submit a request to be excused from your term of service.

  • What if I test positive for an illegal substance?

    Testing positive for drug use is a violation of conditions of release and as such, a violation would be submitted to the Court which could result in revocation of release.

  • What if I want to stay in town for the night while serving?

    Jurors who live a distance of at least one hundred miles one way from Court have the option of spending the night at a local hotel while serving on a jury, and coming in the night before jury service. The flat subsistence allowance for jurors in St. Louis is currently $185.00 per night. The flat subsistence allowance for jurors in Cape Girardeau is currently $144.00 per night. The flat subsistence allowance for jurors in Hannibal is currently $144.00 per night. Jurors must provide a copy of the hotel receipt in order to be reimbursed.

  • What if my IFP motion is denied?

    The Court will notify you in a written order that your motion has been denied and you will be given additional time to pay the filing fee.

  • What if the assigned Pretrial Services Officer is not available on call-in day or for office visits?

    If the assigned Officer is not available when a defendant calls in, a voice mail message is accepted. The message should provide a telephone number where the defendant may be contacted and leave a brief message stating there are no problems and no change in residence, job, or employment status.

    If a defendant reports to the office and the assigned Pretrial Services Officer is unavailable, the Officer of the Day will be called. There is no need for a defendant to return to see the assigned Officer, unless directed to do so.

  • What is a Detention Hearing?

    Detention hearings are conducted when the U.S. Attorney’s Office, or the Court on its own motion, requests that the defendant be detained without bail. At the detention hearing, the Government must prove there is reason to detain the defendant.

  • What is a home visit?

    Home visits are unannounced visits by the assigned Pretrial Services Officer, with another Officer. The Officer will tour the residence and visit with the defendant and any family members at home during the visit. If a defendant is not home at the time of the visit, the Officer will leave a business card or note. The defendant is to call the office to confirm receipt of the note.

  • What is a monthly reporting form?

    Upon an individual’s enrollment in the diversion program, they will receive instructions on how to complete and mail in a monthly reporting form which reports the subject’s current address, current employment, and other relevant information.

  • What is a Presentence Report?

    The Court will order a presentence report following a verdict of guilty at trial or the entrance of a guilty plea. While the probation office compiles this report, defendants continue to report to and be supervised by the Pretrial Services Office. All previously ordered conditions of release remain in effect.

  • What is an Appointed Attorney?

    All defendants have the right to an attorney’s representation in their defense. If the U.S. Magistrate Judge finds the defendant is unable to afford an attorney, an Order will be entered appointing an attorney. Defendants are not required to remit payment to an appointed attorney.

  • What is an Arraignment?

    Arraignments are conducted in open court and consist of the reading of the indictment or the information to the defendant or stating the substance of the charge. The defendant must enter a plea to the charge(s) at that time. A trial date is then set.

  • What is an Initial Appearance?

    The initial appearance before a U.S. Magistrate Judge is in most cases the defendant’s first contact with the Court and usually is the point where pretrial release or detention is addressed. An initial appearance will occur in one of the following situations:

    • an arrest on a warrant issued on a complaint an appearance on a summons issued in lieu of a warrant an arrest by an officer without a warrant (in which case the complaint is issued immediately by the U.S. Magistrate Judge) an arrest on a warrant issued following the return of an indictment of the Grand Jury an information is filed by the U.S. Attorney an appearance on a citation or violation notice in a misdemeanor offense
    • an appearance in response to an informal agreement between the U.S. Attorney and Defense Counsel

    The defendant will be read the charges being filed or the complaint against them during the initial appearance. Additionally, they will be provided a copy of the charges. The Court will determine if there is a need for an appointed attorney at this time.

  • What is Electronic Monitoring?

    Electronic monitoring is a system used to increase effectiveness in supervising defendants who are required to abide by curfew or remain in their homes as a condition of pretrial release.

    The Home Monitoring Unit is part of an electronic monitoring system designed to increase the effectiveness of supervising clients who are required to abide by curfew restrictions or stay at home as part of pretrial release. The home monitoring unit monitors a client to determine whether he/she is at home.

  • What is inpatient treatment?

    Inpatient treatment is necessary for defendant’s who have continually tested positive for the presence of illicit substances and who are struggling with their substance abuse programs. An appropriate inpatient facility will be determined by the defendant’s supervising officer should it become apparent that intensive treatment is necessary.

    A defendant could also be referred to inpatient treatment when released on bond.

  • What is involved in pretrial supervision?

    Typically, a pretrial services officer will require a defendant to adhere to a specific reporting schedule, which may include telephone and/or personal contact with the assigned pretrial services officer. The officer will monitor the defendant’s compliance with the conditions of release. Home visits will be conducted throughout bond supervision. Additional instructions may be given to a defendant, based on the conditions of release ordered by the U.S. Magistrate Judge.

  • What is needed to post a property bond?

    The property owner posting the bond must provide the following items to the Court:

    • Copy of the deed to the property,
    • The most recent paid real estate tax receipt,
    • Copy of the property insurance policy; and,
    • A statement of the balance due on the mortgage (shown on a payment book, monthly statement or letter from the mortgage company.)

    The property bond MUST be signed by all parties named on the deed. Anyone posting a property bond with the Court should check with the Judge ordering the release for additional requirements. Property bonds are handled directly by the Judge’s chamber’s staff.

  • What is NEF?

    NEF stands for Notice of Electronic Filing

  • What is pretrial diversion?

    The pretrial diversion program is a tool utilized by the U.S. attorney in deferring prosecution of individuals who appear to have been involved in prosecutable offenses. The pretrial services office receives referrals, collects and verifies information and prepares a report under an agreement with the U.S. attorney for the district. The Chief Pretrial Services Officer is authorized under Title 18 USC 3154(10) to enter into a pretrial diversion agreement with the U.S. attorney for the district.

  • What is required for Electronic Monitoring in a home?

    The EM specialist must verify that a private telephone line exists within the home and there are no party lines. If the telephone has call forwarding, call waiting, or caller ID., they must be removed prior to installation of the home monitoring unit. Cordless telephones should be a desk type model and not a wall mount. The wall mount telephone may not be functional after the unit is installed. Verification of the types of telephone services may be done through the security office of Southwestern Bell Telephone.The in-home part of the monitoring system consists of the monitoring unit, telephone cables, power pack and an ankle transmitter.The ankle transmitter attached to the client sends a continuous coded signal that identifies the individual participant and contains a security circuitry that is able to detect tampers or removal, and sends a special signal to the monitoring center when either occurs.The home monitoring unit is connected to the participant’s telephone line (in-house). This unit is designed to receive the signal emitted by the corresponding ankle transmitter within a pre-set range (50' - 75'). The home monitoring unit determines when the participant enters or leaves the residence by recording the time when the ankle transmitter comes into or goes out of range.Electronic monitoring is also appropriate for use with defendants who have violated the terms of previously imposed release conditions.Community and familial stability are important given the potential for long term enforced togetherness. Persons residing with the participant must be willing to make sacrifices demanded by the electronic monitoring program.

    Participants must have a residence and a telephone.

  • What is restitution?

    Restitution may be collected from an individual based on the nature of their original offense. If restitution is to be collected, money should be submitted to the Pretrial Services Office via money order or cashier’s check, payable to the victim. No cash or personal checks are accepted as payment.

  • What is substance abuse counseling?

    Typically, substance abuse counseling will consist half hour sessions between the individual and their counselor at the vendor’s location. The supervising Pretrial Services Officer can allocate up to four individual sessions per month for any defendant.

  • What is substance abuse testing?

    Substance abuse testing consists of a defendant submitting to randomly announced urine collections which are observed by employees of the vendor providing the service or by a Pretrial Services officer if the test is required during an office visit. The supervising Pretrial Services Office can allocate up to four random urine tests per month for any defendant in a substance abuse testing program.

  • What is termination from the diversion program contingent upon?

    Termination from the diversion program is contingent upon a subject repaying any and all restitution to the victim owed if restitution was ordered. It is also contingent upon the subject remaining in full compliance throughout the twelve month period of supervision which includes contacting the supervising officer as directed and submitting monthly reporting forms as instructed.

  • What is the number I call for ECF assistance?

    The Help Desk Telephone number is 314-244-7650 and is available Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You may also call the Clerk’s Office at 314-244-7900.

  • What Is The Penalty For Not Responding To A Summons?

    Any person who fails to show good cause for noncompliance with a summons may be fined not more than $1,000, imprisoned not more than three days, ordered to perform community service, or any combination thereof.

  • What is the term of supervision?

    The term of supervision in the diversion program commences the day the diversion agreement is signed and continues for a period of twelve months but not to exceed eighteen months. At the conclusion of that twelve month period, the supervising officer will evaluate the subject’s success in the program. If restitution is still outstanding or other matters are still unresolved, the subject will be extended an additional six months in the program for a total of eighteen months of supervision.

  • What is Voluntary Surrender or Self-Surrender?

    At sentencing, if a defendant is not remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service, the Judge may allow the defendant to self-surrender for his/her term of incarceration. A defendant remains under Pretrial Services supervision until he reports to the Bureau of Prisons facility designated by the U.S. Marshals Service. Defendants are notified by mail of the surrender information 4 - 6 weeks in advance.

  • What Kinds Of Cases Are Tried In Federal Court?

    Both civil and criminal cases are tried in Federal Court. Civil cases can include personal injury claims, medical malpractice claims, claims for breach of contracts and claims for violations of civil rights. Criminal cases can include drug charges, and income tax evasion.

  • What Protects My Employment While Serving On Jury Duty?

    Jurors are protected by federal statute, Title 28 U.S.C. 1875, which states "No employer shall discharge, intimidate, or coerce any permanent employee by reason of such employee's jury service or the attendance or scheduled attendance in connection with such service, in any court of the United States."

  • What Should I Bring with me when I report?

    You will need to bring a valid picture ID (such as a driver's license) to go through security at the courthouse. Please be sure to bring your summons for check-in. Cell phones, laptops and pagers are permitted in the building, but they MUST be completely turned off when you are in the courtroom and during juror orientation. Some of the items you are not permitted to bring in the courthouse include knitting needles, sewing needles, scissors and knives of any kind.

  • What should I wear?

    Shorts, tank tops and sweat pants are NOT permitted in the courtroom. You will be sent home without being paid or directed to return home and change at your expense if inappropriate attire is worn.

  • What type of civil action can be filed in the District Court?

    Federal District Courts can only hear certain types of ca ses. Generally, only civil cases that involve diversity of citizenship (parties in the case live in different states a nd the amount in controversy is greater than $75,000), a federal question (lawsuits that have been authorized by Congress), or have the United States as a party can be filed in Federal Court.

  • When should documents be filed in paper form by attorneys?

    Attorneys must have prior approval from the Clerk or the Chief Deputy Clerk before filing documents in paper form. (Any document or exhibit filed in paper form must be served on all parties in paper form and the certificate of service must state how service was made)

  • Where can I find general information about the court’s policies and other law-related services?

    Visit the Self-Help Resource Center in the Clerk’s Office.

  • Where can I find legal materials such as case law and rules of civil procedure?

    You can find legal materials at local law and public libraries . Also, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit maintains a law library in this build ing on the twenty second floor. This library is open to the public. Please check w ith the library for its policies regarding public use. You can also find links to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rul es of Appellate Procedure, and Federal Rules of Evidence on this Court’s website.

  • Where Do I Report? / How Do I Get There?

    St. Louis

    The Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse is located at 111 South Tenth Street. The Courthouse is easily accessible from Highways 40, 44, 55 and 70.

    Public transportation is also available: Bi-State buses have stops near the courthouse, and the MetroLink stop at the Busch Stadium station puts you at 8th Street, between Spruce and Clark Streets. For information and schedules, please call Bi-State at (314) 231-2345. The Court reimburses for mileage from your home to the Courthouse by shortest practical route, regardless of your mode of transportation (See the section "Will I Be Paid For Serving?" for reimbursement amounts). Distance from your home to this court is not a valid excuse for not serving as a juror. If you are prevented by a health problem from driving to court, you will need to send a doctor's statement regarding your inability to serve. You will report for jury duty to Jury Assembly Room 1.300 which is located on the first floor, unless otherwise specified.

    Hannibal

    The Court is located in the Federal Building (Post Office) at 801 Broadway in Hannibal (8th Street and Broadway). You will report to Room 346, unless otherwise specified.

    Cape Girardeau

    The Rush Hudson Limbaugh, Sr. United States Courthouse is located at 555 Independence Street, at the intersection of Frederick and Independence Streets. The Jury Assembly Room is on the first floor of the Courthouse.

  • Where is my mental health provider located?

    Every attempt is made to locate a vendor near the defendant’s residence or place of employment to facilitate the defendant’s successful participation in their mental health program. Should a defendant require directions or additional information regarding their program plan and/or location, they should contact their supervising officer immediately.

  • Where is my substance abuse provider located?

    Every attempt is made to locate a vendor near the defendant’s residence or place of employment to facilitate the defendant’s successful participation in their substance abuse program. Should a defendant require directions or additional information regarding their program plan and/or location, they should contact their supervising officer immediately.

  • Who do I contact to schedule an appointment for treatment?

    If a substance abuse counseling and treatment or mental health treatment is ordered as a condition of a defendant’s release, the supervising pretrial services officer will direct the individual as to when to call the treatment center and who to talk to. If the defendant misplaces this information, they should contact their supervising officer immediately.

  • Who gets fingerprinted?

    All pretrial diversion candidates are fingerprinted upon their enrollment into the program.

  • Who is referred for the diversion program?

    Individuals who are not:Accused of an offense which, under existing department guidelines, should be referred to the state for prosecution; A person with two or more felony convictions; (the one acceptable prior felony convictions must be a non-drug, non-violent offense and must have "special exception" of the U.S. Attorney’s Office); An addict;

    A public official or former public official accused of an offense arising out of an alleged violation of public trust.

  • Will being on pretrial supervision jeopardize employment?

    Pretrial supervision will not usually jeopardize employment. However, if a defendant’s employment is related to the alleged instant offense, the pretrial services officer may require a defendant to notify the employer of the arrest and pending charges or seek alternative employment.

  • Will I Be Paid For Serving?

    A $40.00 attendance fee is paid for each day you are required to and do report for duty, whether or not you are selected to serve. You will be paid 53.5 cents per mile round trip from your home to the Courthouse as reimbursement for your travel expense. Checks are mailed to jurors twice a month, usually on the 15th and the last day of the month. Federal employees receive attendance fees only on their regularly scheduled day or days off.

  • Will I Be Sequestered (Spend The Night Away From Home)?

    It is extremely rare that jurors in this Court are sequestered. If this would occur, your hotel and meals would be provided by the Court.

  • Will the Court provide me with an attorney?

    The Court does not have to appoint you counsel and in most cases it does not. You can, however, ask the Court to appoint you counsel by filing a motion for appointment of couns el (form motions are available from the Clerk’s Office). If you file a motion for appointment of counsel, you must still proceed with your case and not wait for the Court to make its decision on your motion.