|Court Pass Procedures|
Attorneys licensed to practice in the state of Illinois may purchase a security pass through the DuPage County Bar Association that allows them to enter the 18th Judicial Circuit court building via a separate attorney security line. The passes are also honored by Kane County courthouse security.
DuPage County allows cell phones with photo capability into the courthouse for attorneys with a current ARDC card. Without a court pass, attorneys must go through the public security line and show their ARDC card. Court Security reserves the right to refuse the admittance of any cell phone, at their discretion. Taking photos within the courthouse is forbidden of all attorneys.
Requirements for a pass:
Payment may be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx), check payable to DuPage County Bar Association (DCBA) or exact cash. Passes must be obtained in person. We will take your photo. Expect a new photo will be taken for renewals as well as new IDs.
Courthouse pass hours: January 5 – February 11, Monday through Friday, 8:30 - 11:30 am in the Attorney Resource Center on the 3rd Floor of the Judicial Center (505 N. Country Farm Rd., Wheaton) Watch for notices confirming exact dates for 2016. Due to equipment restraints, no passes are issued at the Bar Center during these dates.
If you have additional questions, please contact the DCBA at (630) 653-7779.
Attorneys licensed outside of the state of Illinois must prove that they are licensed and in good standing in their home state. Contact DCBA Executive Director, Leslie Monahan, at (630) 653-7779 for more information.
*Attorneys with concealed carry permits:
The ID application requires attorneys to indicate whether they have a concealed carry permit. In the Firearm Concealed Carry Act (Public Act 98-0063), section 65 lists all Courthouses as prohibited areas. Because DCBA has partnered with the DuPage Sheriff’s office to allow attorneys to bypass the security screening, the Sheriff’s office has requested that attorneys with a Concealed Carry permit have an ID with a red background behind his or her picture.
If you obtained a Concealed Carry permit after receiving your court pass for the year, you are required to return to the Bar Center to have your picture retaken with the red background. There will be no additional charge to update an ID for the concealed carry photo in the same year as the original pass.
The red background will alert the DuPage Deputy at the bypass line that the attorney has a concealed carry permit. The Deputy may confirm with the attorney that he or she does not currently have a concealed firearm on his or her person. Anyone found to have a firearm in the courthouse will be charged with a Class B Misdemeanor. The Sheriff’s office has implemented this new rule to maintain security in the courthouse.
If you have
any questions, please contact the Chief Deputy at 630-407-2321.
Court ID Suspension
The 18th Circuit wishes to notify attorneys that judges review cases where an attorney or other pass holder is a party to a case (a defendant or litigant) before them. Each judge may make recommendations to the Court Administrator and Chief Judge's office to suspend the courthouse pass for the duration of that case. Final determination will be made by the Chief Judge. Once the case has concluded, the attorney or other pass holder may request reinstatement of the security pass.