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Last updated: October 3, 2013

Missouri is the "Show Me" State. Every day, judges and juries ask the parties to a case to "show me" the evidence. You won't be showing anything if you don't know how to get to the correct St. Louis court. FindLaw is here to help. This guide will tell you where to go and offer tips on how to get there. In some cases -- and this is especially helpful for folks from out of town -- this guide will also give you tips on how to make the most of your trip. When you're done with this article you might not be an expert navigator on the level of Lewis & Clark, but you will know how to get around.

Court Structure

St. Louis has both local courts and federal courts. The local courts are more commonly used. Your case will begin in a trial level court -- often called a "circuit court." There is one circuit court for each county, so St. Louis County has a circuit court. In addition, the City of St. Louis has a circuit court because the city is officially independent from the county.

In the federal court system, your case will begin in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The Eastern District hears civil, criminal, bankruptcy, and tax cases.