Judge Annette A. Eckert

Southern Illinois University



Judge Annette A. Eckert

Judge Anita Eckert

Judge (Ret.) Annette A. Eckert was in residence at the SIU School of Law, February 11-13, 2015. 

She gave a public lecture, “Problem Solving Courts,” on Thursday, February 12 at 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the Lesar Law Building. 

In her lecture she discussed her personal and professional experiences creating and presiding in Problem Solving Courts. She also discussed the costs, both monetary and social, of mass incarceration and how Problem Solving Courts such as Mental Health, Veterans, Drug, Domestic Violence, and Teen Courts, are helping to address these challenges. 

Press Release

Videos from lecture

Judge Eckert is retired from the 20th Judicial Circuit in Belleville,Illinois. Eckert started her career in the legal field as an Assistant Public Defender in Chicago, then moved on to private practice in Belleville, Ill.

During her judgeship, Eckert presided over the Family Division from 1992 to 1995, and in 2002 she became the first female elected circuit judge in the 20th Judicial Circuit where she presided in the Felony Trial Division and the St. Clair County Drug Court. She also chaired the Governor’s Task Force on Veterans Courts, which successfully drafted legislation which became the Illinois Veterans Courts Treatment Act. 

Eckert has taught at Loyola University School of Law, Southwestern Illinois College Police Academy and currently at Lindenwood University-Belleville, where she teaches Criminal Justice and serves as a Recruitment Advisor. She has also taught continuing legal education and continuing judicial education courses. Eckert received her Bachelor’s Degree from Bradley University,Peoria, Illinois, and her Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois.

Eckert has received many awards and honors including being awarded the “30 years/30 leaders – Violence Prevention Center of Southwest Illinois 30th Anniversary Award,” the “Chief Judge Richard A. Hudlin IV Memorial Award” and the “Voices Against Family Violence Award for 2003 for Improving the Lives of Victims of Family Violence.” Eckert also received the inaugural Hall of Fame Award from her alma mater, Belleville Township High School East. Eckert’s work has been published in Illinois Juvenile Law and Practice and by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. She served as co-editor of the five-volume legal treatise “Illinois Family Law Practice.” Eckert also serves on the St. Clair County Juvenile Justice Council and recently developed the St. Clair County Teen Court and serves as its Director. She is active in the Belleville Heritage Society and her church. She also serves as a Commissioner on the Metro East Police District Commission.


See Past William L. Beatty Jurist in Residence here