St. Louis County Courts
Saint Louis County Courts of Missouri 21st Judicial Circuit

St. Louis County Domestic Violence Court

Motions For Contempt

If a Respondent violates certain conditions set forth in the full Order of Protection, the Petitioner has the option to file a Motion for Contempt. This motion asks that a judge hold the Respondent "in contempt of court" for violating a valid court order, and may result in the Respondent being ordered to spend time in jail, pay a fine or both. The below documents provide all relevant information on Motions for Contempt and the contempt process.

NOTE: If a Petitioner is in danger, s/he should call 911 immediately and inform the police that s/he has a full Order of Protection that has been violated.

Click here for information on what to do if your Order of Protection is violated. Click here for frequently asked questions about filing a Motion for Contempt. Click here for frequently asked questions about responding to a Motion for Contempt. Click here to access the online forms for filing a Motion for Contempt.