Order of Protection Info

Those in need of a protection order can apply online or at the local county courthouse of the county they reside, the county where the Respondent can be served, or the county in which the stalking/abuse/sexual assault occurred.  Online applications must be filed using a desktop computer. Below are the direct links to the St. Louis City and St. Louis County protection order pages and information.

St. Louis City 22nd Circuit Court – Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (due to skeleton crew, office may close early) excluding Holidays. 

Circuit Clerk Family Court: 314-622-4323, Assistant Circuit Clerk, Catina: 314-622-4337

How to Reach an Advocate –

COPA advocate: 314-666-0180 (call/text M-F 8:30a – 4:30p)


Need to Know Information Specific to this Court  

  • Plan to be at the court about 30-45 min after a petition is submitted in person.
  • The judge wants to know anything that has happened in the last 3 months FIRST. After that has been explained, you can mention anything prior to that time period that you see relevant
  • If you need to keep your address confidential, there are only 2 places that you would not want to list it on the Adult petition. The first is on number 15, under the check box “entering the dwelling of Petitioner located at” and the second on page “4 of 4” where it asks for your signature and a date. You do not have to list any other information aside from the date and your signature on the bottom half of that page. ALL other places that ask for your address – please list it as that is required for the court.

St. Louis County 21st Circuit Court

Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (excluding Holidays).

The Adult Abuse Office: 314-615-4725

How to Reach an Advocate –

DV Court Advocate- 314-384-9837

COPA County Advocate- 314-666-4725


Need to Know Information Specific to this Court

  • When someone turns in the petition it can take a few hours to process. For the Petitioners who are filing at the courthouse instead of remotely, they do not have to wait at the courthouse for their paperwork during that time. The clerks do not call them to let them know when it’s processed. It is on the Petitioner to go back to the courts to pick up their paperwork if they are filing in person.
  • Questions 11 and 12 are important. Petitioner will need to explain the specific incidents that brought them into file and that cause them fear of the Respondent.
  • If a Petitioner does not want the respondent to know their home address they will need to write “confidential” where they would normally provide their address on number 2 and then number 15 next to the box that states “entering the dwelling of the Petitioner located at”.