Mary Elizabeth Ott 21st Judicial Circuit (St. Louis County)


The 21st Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee recommends that Judge Mary Elizabeth Ott BE RETAINED.


Associate Circuit Judge

Evaluation Year



Judge Ott presides over a civil and criminal associate circuit division and has served as an associate circuit judge since May 30, 2008.

Judge Ott received her undergraduate degree from Saint Mary’s College and her law degree from Saint Louis University. She is a member of The Missouri Bar, St. Louis County Bar Association, and the Missouri Association of Probate & Associate Court Judges.


Attorneys were asked to rate judges on 18 criteria on a 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the highest. Approximately 200 attorneys responded as to Judge Ott, and her average rating in all but one category was 4.43 or higher. Her three highest ratings were for treating people equally (4.54), being prepared for hearings and trials (4.50), and allowing parties latitude to present their arguments (4.50). Her lowest rating was for effective use of pretrial procedure to narrow and refine the issues (4.28).

Fifty-nine (59) juror surveys were returned with responses concerning Judge Ott. The juror surveys were answered “yes” or “no” on 10 separate criteria, with “yes” being a positive response and “no” being a negative response. Judge Ott received 58 or more yes responses in all categories, with 55 answering yes in 2 of 10 categories.

The committee also reviewed a “Findings of Facts, Conclusions of Law, and Judgment” written by Judge Ott and found the ruling well-reasoned, concise, and consistent with the case law cited therein.