COVID-19 Information and Updates

The Illinois Judicial Branch continues to monitor the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. It is important to have reliable information when dealing with a public health emergency. The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control are two verified sources for information on COVID-19. Court users and employees are reminded to take the same precautions that would be used during any flu season (wash your hands thoroughly, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and stay home if you are feeling sick). Please refer back to this page as it will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

PLEASE NOTE: Many Illinois courts are open for emergencies only. Additionally, the Illinois Supreme Court has issued extensions for deadlines in the Appellate Court and Supreme Court. Please find information below about your local courthouse or contact the clerk in your county or appellate district.

NOTA IMPORTANTE: Muchos tribunales de Illinois están abiertos solamente para emergencias. Además, la Corte Suprema de Illinois ha concedido extensiones de tiempo para los tramites en el Tribunal de Apelaciones y la Corte Suprema. A continuación podrá encontrar información acerca del juzgado de su localidad. Asimismo, puede comunicarse con el actuario de su condado o distrito de apelaciones.

 
 

 

COVID-19 Task Force

The COVID-19 Task Force was created in June to address the ongoing challenges with resuming court operations through the next phases of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Task Force is charged with analyzing and making recommendations regarding the continuing challenges for the administration of justice resultant from the pandemic. The Task Force is considering, among other matters: (1) how technology might appropriately be used for jury selection and trials; (2) use of remote proceedings in civil and criminal cases (particularly with regard to assurances of due process); and (3) logistics of maintaining safety for court personnel, litigants and the public. The current roster is here.

 

 

COVID-19 Resources for Courts

 

Illinois Supreme Court

Eviction Resources

 

Supreme Court Updates

In re: Illinois Courts Response to COVID-19 Emergency/Temporarily Amended Rules

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Recent Updates

 

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Date   Court   County Update
04/07/21 7th Circuit Sangamon Sangamon County Courthouse Procedures for COVID-19 Coronavirus
03/25/21 16th Circuit Kane In the Matter of Amending and Superseding General Order 20-07, General Order 20-14, General Order 20·18, General Order 20-22, General Order 20-29,
General Order 20-30, General Order 21·01, General Order 21-02 And General Order 21-04 COVID-19 Emergency Measures Impacting Court Operations
03/19/21 16th Circuit Kane In the Matter of COVID-19 - Family Court Procedures
03/19/21 16th Circuit Kane In the Matter of COVID-19 - Temporary Procedures for Juvenile Division Matters
03/18/21 16th Circuit Kane In the Matter of COVID-19 - Temporary Procedures for Civil Division Matters
03/18/21 16th Circuit Kane In the Matter of COVID-19 - Amended Felony Courtroom and Trial Procedures
03/18/21 16th Circuit Kane In the Matter of COVID-19 - Misdemeanor/Traffic Courtroom and Trial Procedures
02/23/21 16th Circuit Kane Administrative Order Regarding COVID-19 Emergency Measures, Amending Previous Administrative Orders
02/22/21 20th Circuit St. Clair Limited Reopening of Courts Effective March 1, 2021
02/11/21 3rd Circuit Bond
Madison
Third Judicial Circuit to Resume Limited In-Person Proceedings
02/11/21 3rd Circuit Bond
Madison
Resumption of Court Operations by the Third Judicial Circuit
02/02/21 7th Circuit Macoupin Macoupin County Courthouse Procedures for COVID-19 Coronavirus
01/25/21 16th Circuit Kane Administrative Order Regarding COVID-19 Emergency Measures Impacting Criminal Jury Trials
01/22/21 5th Circuit Vermilion Plan for Addressing the Backlog of Jury Trials Caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic
12/30/20 10th Circuit Marshall
Peoria
Putnam
Stark
Tazewell
Chief Judge Announces February 1, 2021 Circuit-Wide Operational Plan for the Tenth Circuit Courts
01/20/21 18th Circuit DuPage DuPage County Traffic Court to Resume Operations with Two New Traffic Court Locations
01/20/21 18th Circuit DuPage In the Matter of Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Involving In-Person Bench and Jury Trials
01/19/21 1st Circuit Union Administrative Order Limiting Court Operations
01/15/21 4th Circuit Christian
Clay
Clinton
Effingham
Fayette
Jasper
Marion
Montgomery
Shelby
Fourth Circuit Amended Order Regarding Courthouse Procedures for COVID-19 Coronavirus
01/15/21 16th Circuit Kane Remote Court Access in Kane County 16th Judicial Circuit is extended through February 28, 2021
01/15/21 16th Circuit Kane Amending Administrative Orders Regarding COVID-19 Emergency Measures Impacting Court Operations
01/14/21 3rd Circuit Bond
Madison
Third Judicial Circuit COVID-19 Resurgence Response
01/14/21 7th Circuit Sangamon Sangamon County Courthouse Procedures for COVID-19 Coronavirus
01/14/21 20th Circuit St. Clair St. Clair County Court Response to COVID-19 Emergency/Impact on Court Proceedings
01/05/21 5th Circuit Cole Administrative Order Regarding 2021 Court Operations
01/05/20 17th Circuit Winnebago 17th Circuit Court Sets Plans to Resume Jury Trials
12/30/20 3rd Circuit Bond
Madison
COVID-19 Court Operations by the Third Judicial Circuit - Further Amended Administrative Order Regarding Evictions
12/30/20 7th Circuit Macoupin Macoupin County Courthouse Procedures for COVID-19 Coronavirus
12/30/20 10th Circuit Marshall
Peoria
Putnam
Stark
Tazewell
Re: Limited Jury Trial Approval Beginning January 11, 2021
12/22/20 18th Circuit DuPage DuPage County to Suspend Jury Trials Until March 1st, 2021
12/22/20 18th Circuit DuPage In the Matter of Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Involving In-Person Bench and Jury Trials
12/22/20 18th Circuit DuPage DuPage County Traffic Courts to Remain Closed Through January 29th Due to COVID-19
12/22/20 18th Circuit DuPage In the Matter of Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Involving Involving Traffic Court Matters
12/21/20 3rd Circuit Bond
Madison
Third Judicial Circuit COVID-19 Resurgence Response
12/21/20 20th Circuit St. Clair St. Clair County Court Response to COVID-19 Emergency/Impact on Court Proceedings
12/18/20 4th Circuit Christian
Clay
Clinton
Effingham
Fayette
Jasper
Marion
Montgomery
Shelby
Fourth Circuit Amended Order for Jury Trials
12/10/20 23rd Circuit DeKalb In re Remote Appearances during COVID-19 Pandemic
12/10/20 23rd Circuit DeKalb In re Temporary COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts
12/10/20 23rd Circuit DeKalb DeKalb County Temporary Procedures
12/10/20 23rd Circuit DeKalb DeKalb County - Courtroom 210 and 220 Temporary Procedures
12/10/20 12th Circuit Will Updated Misdemeanor/Traffic Division Procedures for Remote Proceedings
12/07/20 18th Circuit DuPage In the Matter of Assigning Judges, Courtrooms and Cases
12/04/20 18th Circuit DuPage Dupage County Traffic Courts to Remain Closed Through January 15th Due to COVID-19
12/04/20 18th Circuit DuPage In the Matter of Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Involving Traffic Court Matters
12/02/20 Cook County Cook COVID-19 Emergency Measures, Modification of Operations
12/02/20 7th Circuit Sangamon Sangamon County Courthouse Procedures for COVID-19 Coronavirus
12/02/20 16th Circuit Kane COVID-19 Emergency Measures Impacting Court Operations
11/25/20 3rd Circuit Bond
Madison
Third Judicial Circuit COVID-19 Resurgence Response
11/25/20 13th Circuit Bureau
Grundy
LaSalle
Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Courts Remain Open
11/25/20 20th Circuit Monroe Monroe County Court Procedure in Response to COVID-19
11/25/20 22nd Circuit McHenry 22nd Circuit Furthers Use of Remote Appearances
11/24/20 5th Circuit Vermilion Temporary Suspension of Jury Trials at the Rita B. Garman Vermilion County Courthouse
11/24/20 5th Circuit Vermilion Administrative Order Regarding Suspension of Jury Trials Because of Increase in COVID-19 Pandemic Cases
11/24/20 10th Circuit Marshall
Peoria
Putnam
Stark
Tazewell
Updated COVID-19 Circuit-Wide Operational Plan, Including Courtroom Access and Jury Trials
11/24/20 22nd Circuit McHenry 22nd Judicial Circuit Administrative Order Regarding Family and Criminal Division Proceedings
11/23/20 1st Circuit Union Standing Order for Judge Gott: Juvenile, Family, Traffic and Misdemeanor and all Other Assigned Cases
11/20/20 1st Circuit Jackson In the Matter of Court Operations in the First Judicial Circuit Pursuant to COVID-19 Pandemic
11/20/20 11th Circuit Ford
Livingston
Logan
McLean
Woodford
11th Judicial Circuit Courthouses Remain Open with Continued Precautions
11/20/20 22nd Circuit McHenry 22nd Judicial Circuit Administrative Order Regarding Remote Proceedings for Certain Traffic Court Proceedings
11/19/20 7th Circuit Sangamon Sangamon County Courthouse Procedures for COVID-19 Coronavirus
11/18/20 22nd Circuit McHenry 22nd Judicial Circuit Suspends Jury Trials and Authorized Remote Emergency Orders of Protection
11/17/20 17th Circuit Winnebago Seventeenth Circuit Court Remains Open, Pauses Jury Trials
11/17/20 18th Circuit DuPage DuPage County to Suspend Bench and Jury Trials Until 2021
11/17/20 18th Circuit DuPage In the Matter of Trial Continuances Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Involving Bench and Jury Trials
11/17/20 22nd Circuit McHenry Administrative Order Amending the 22nd Circuit's Reestablishment Plan as it Applies to Weddings
11/17/20 22nd Circuit McHenry Administrative Order Regarding Jury Trials, Speedy Trials, and Grand Jury Proceedings In The 22nd Circuit
11/16/20 18th Circuit DuPage DuPage County Traffic Courts to be Closed November 23rd Through End of the Year
11/16/20 18th Circuit DuPage In the Matter of Trial Continuances Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Involving Traffic Court Matters - Amended
11/12/20 20th Circuit St. Clair St. Clair County Court Response to COVID-19 Emergency/Impact on Court Proceedings
11/16/20 22nd Circuit McHenry Administrative Order 2020-17 (Orders of Protection, Stalking No Contact, and Civil No Contact Orders by Remote Access)
11/13/20 3rd Circuit Bond
Madison
Third Judicial Circuit COVID-19 Resurgence Response
11/12/20 3rd Circuit Bond
Madison
Court Operations by the Third Judicial Circuit
11/12/20 20th Circuit St. Clair Effective Immediately, All Traffic and Misdemeanor Matters Set in the St. Clair County Courthouse are Continued