Online Order of Protection Info

Online OOP info for St. Louis City and St. Louis County only. *updated June 17, 2020

Petitioners can complete online Order of Protection applications using a desktop computer through the website of the county they reside, the website of the county where the Respondent can be served, or the website of the county in which the stalking/abuse/sexual assault occurred.  Below are the filing instructions and direct links to the St. Louis City and St. Louis County protection order pages. Please note – online filing is only available for desktop computers at this time.

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)

http://www.stlcitycircuitcourt.com/Protection_Orders.php

Complete the Order of Protection on computer
To begin, once you have navigated to the Order of Protection page, click on either an Adult or Child Order of Protection. Then, under “Complete the Order of Protection” they will see a PDF file for an Adult Order of Protection, and a PDF file for a Child Order of Protection.

  1. Once it has opened, save it to their computer.
  2. Once it has been saved, open the file on their computer and fill in all appropriate information to complete the petition. NOTE: Petitioners should be aware that a copy of the Order of Protection and all information written on it will be given to the Respondent when they are served. Consequently, it is important to reach out to an advocate to understand how to fill out the information in such a way as to keep things like their address confidential.
  3. Once the petitioner has filled out the petition, save it to computer by clicking on File, then Save from the menu. You can also right click on the either icon below and select “Save target as” to save the file to your desktop.

If unable to submit the petition online, they may visit the courthouse at 10 N Tucker Blvd, St. Louis, Missouri.  Petitioner may submit petition directly to the Court online by completing the form on the website.

Submit the Order of Protection
To submit Order of Protection petition(s) online, Petitioner must first register for a secure account through the State of Missouri’s Courts’ website at the bottom of this page www.stlcitycircuitcourt.com/Protection_Orders.php .

Please note, Petitioner will receive a confirmation email once they have registered. After Petitioner confirms their email address, they will be able to submit an email to the Court using an email address they will send Petitioner.  Make sure to attach the order of protection packet they have filled out and saved to their computer.

How to request Remote Hearing   

Remote hearings will be automatically assigned when they are given their paperwork. There should be a sheet with instructions on this.  If for some reason one party can NOT participate in the remote hearing, they themselves must reach out to the courts at least 3 days prior to the scheduled hearing to inform the court.

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.
  • when answering question 11, know that you can add blank, one-sided, computer paper if you need more space.
  • 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.
  • if you and your respondent have been living together, even if they have recently left but still have personal items in the home, you have the right to request a Put-Out. This is an official order by the judge saying that this person cannot come to the home at anytime for the duration of the order, and if they need to retrieve items from the home, that they would need to coordinate with police to do so. Here are the steps:
    • make sure to list the shared address as the Respondents address anywhere the form is asking for it.
    •  fill out the additional “Put-Out” form
    • IF your put-out is granted, make sure to come to your court hearing with a specific date and time that you want the Respondent to come move larger items. The judge can order this in the full order of protection.

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

https://wp.stlcountycourts.com/order-of-protection/

Complete the Order of Protection on computer
To begin, once you have navigated to the Order of Protection page, click on either an Adult or Child Order of Protection. Then, under “Complete the Order of Protection” they will see a PDF file for an Adult Order of Protection, and a PDF file for a Child Order of Protection.

  1. Once it has opened, save it to their computer.
  2. Once it has been saved, open the file on their computer and fill in all appropriate information to complete the petition. NOTE: Petitioners should be aware that a copy of the Order of Protection and all information written on it will be given to the Respondent when they are served. Consequently, it is important to reach out to an advocate to understand how to fill out the information in such a way as to keep things like their address confidential.
  3. Once the petitioner has filled out the petition, save it to computer by clicking on File, then Save from the menu. You can also right click on the either icon below and select “Save target as” to save the file to your desktop.

Submit the Order of Protection online

Petitioner must first register for a secure account through the State of Missouri’s Courts’ website at the same link https://wp.stlcountycourts.com/order-of-protection/

Please note, Petitioner will receive a confirmation email once they have registered. After Petitioner confirms their email address, they will be able to submit an email to the Court using an email address they will send Petitioner.  Make sure to attach the order of protection packet they have filled out and saved to their computer.

How to request Remote Hearing

Petitioners can appear in person.

To request a remote hearing:

  1. The petitioner will need to go to the St. Louis county court’s website at https://wp.stlcountycourts.com  and will click on the red box that says ”Request a Remote Hearing for Order of Protection”.
  2. They will need to provide the courts with their name, a good email address, and they will also need to know the name of the Judge/Division number that will be hearing their case. This will be listed on either their Ex Parte or Hearing Notice.
  3. The Petitioner should then receive an email with instructions on how to access their zoom hearing with the judge on their court date. The instructions provided will also list the meeting ID numbers that are assigned to each Judge/ Division.
  4. The day of the Petitioner’s court date they will need to access Zoom either by phone app or Website. They will access the meeting by putting in the Meeting ID given to them in the instruction email.

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, but they can call the Adult Abuse office number to check to see if it’s ready that same day.
  • 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. In the county, there is an additional page called 3A attached to the Petition to provide more space for Petitioners to write.
  • If the Petitioner is living with the respond the courts will have them “self-carry” the paperwork to coordinate with their local police department to get the respondent served and removed from the home.
  • 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”. They will also need to complete the confidential filing form which is listed with the petition for those who are filing remotely. It’s just important for Petitioners to know that all of the pages in the petition that are numbered at the bottom are pages that will be Copied and served to the respondent.