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3/26 Updated Current Orders and Courthouse Procedures

Friday, March 27, 2020  
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Effective Monday, March 30,2020 entry into the Courthouse is limited to only those persons conducting essential governmental functions or court business (as defined below) and who are not otherwise subject to restricted entry (see below). Except for Courthouse employees, there shall be no entry into the Courthouse after 3:00 p.m.

The Circuit Court Clerk will provide a drop box at the Courthouse entrance for any time-sensitive, essential court filings. Any such filings will be collected and processed each day by the Clerk's Office.

If an emergency requires immediate assistance, persons may call the following phone numbers and explain the nature of the emergency:
Circuit Court Clerk's Office (Civil) (630) 407-5700
Circuit Court Clerk's Office (Criminal and Traffic) (630) 407-8600
Circuit Court Administration (630) 407-8901
Probation (630) 407-8500
Family Shelter (630) 469-5650

 

DuPage County Chief Judge Daniel P. Guerin has issued an Administrative Order effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 rescheduling civil and criminal cases set in the 18th Judicial Circuit through April 17 , 2020.  The Circuit Court Clerk will notify all interested parties via mail of a future court date. Administrative Order 20-09 issued March 23, 2020 has continued all trials 60 days and until further order of the Illinois Supreme Court.  

 

Pursuant to the Administrative Order, all traffic cases are rescheduled and the following courtrooms are closed through April 17, 2020:
- Downers Grove Traffic Court
- Addison Traffic Court
- Traffic Courtrooms 1001 & 1003 inside the DuPage Courthouse


The DuPage County Courthouse is open and will conduct business on a limited scale consistent with the Order. The following types of cases will proceed as originally scheduled and attorneys and litigants are expected to appear unless an appearance is waived or they are restricted from entry into the Courthouse:

 

- Bail Hearings (3/25 Update - effective March 30,2020 all initial bail hearings conducted Monday through Friday, except those in which an order of no bail is sought pursuant to 725ILCS 5/109-1(a), shall be heard in morning bond court in courtroom 4016 at 8:00 a.m. or in afternoon bond court in courtroom 1000 at 4:00 p.m.  See Administrative Order 20-13)


- Felony, Misdemeanor and Juvenile cases with in-custody defendants or speedy trial demands


- Jury trials with in custody defendants or speedy trial demands


- Petitions and Hearings on Orders of Protection


- Summary Suspension Hearings


- Juvenile Detention and Shelter Care Hearings

 

- Mental Health Hearings


- Emergency Motions

 

Per Administrative Order 20-12 issued March 25, with respect to any warrants issued for a misdemeanor or traffic offense, except for offenses of domestic battery or violation of an order of protection, law enforcement may satisfy the obligation of the warrant by issuing the defendant a personal recognizance bond in the amount consistent with the bond amount set on the warrant.

 

Special Procedures in Domestic Relations: Administrative Order 20-10 (Prove-ups), Administrative Order 20-11 (Pre-trial Conferences) and Administrative Order 20-15 (Contested Hearings) were issued to establish temporary procedures in the Domestic Relations Division. 

 

Child Support Withholding Orders:  In light of the modification of court house procedures due to COVID-19,  Agreed Withholding Orders should be presented to the court without presenting it to the Clerk for pre-approval.

 

The following individuals should not enter the courthouse. Their appearances will be waived and new court dates issued if they:

 

- Have been in New York City or any of the following countries within the last 21 days:
China, Italy, Japan, Iran or countries identified by the U.S. Department of State as Warning Level 3, which includes the countries of Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvra, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.


- Reside or have close contact with anyone who has been in one of those countries listed above within the last 21 days; or


- Have been directed to quarantine, isolate or self-monitor at home for the  coronavirus by any medical provider; or


- Have been diagnosed, or have had close contact with anyone diagnosed,
with COVID-19; or


- Have flu-like symptoms including fever, cough or shortness of breath.

Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. These persons should exercise caution and discretion in determining whether to enter the courthouse.

 

If you are an attorney or litigant and have a scheduled case, appointment or are otherwise required to appear at the courthouse in connection with a court case, but are unable to appear because of the above restrictions, please contact the appropriate division as detailed below:


1. Criminal (Felony): 630-407-8938
2. Criminal (Misdemeanor & Traffic): 630-407-8933
3. Juvenile: 630-407-8856

4. Law:630-407-8805
5. Chancery: 630-407-8979
6. Domestic Relations: 630-407-8860
7. Probation (Adult): 630-407-8500
8. Probation (Juvenile): 630-407-8400
9. Court Administration: 630-407-8901

 

The Court Reporters Office is still open and able to provide attorneys with both transcripts from live courtrooms, as well as CourtSmart courtrooms, on a daily copy, expedited, or regular delivery basis.  They will gladly be accepting both email and fax orders every day until noon.  If an order is received in the afternoon, it will be processed the next morning.

Transcripts can be ordered online by going to www.dupageco.org, I want to: request transcripts; or orders may be faxed to the Court Reporters Office at 630-407-8932.

 

The Safe Harbor Children's Waiting Room is closed until April 20,2020. We strongly  discourage bringing children into the courthouse.

 

The Law Library is closed until April 20,2020,however, Mary Anderson, Law Library Manager is still able to perform research for attorneys and provide legal information to self represented litigants.  Ms. Anderson has access to Westlaw and IICLE publications for attorneys and can guide self represented litigants  with basic questions regarding forms and filing procedures. She is best reached via email at Mary.Anderson@18thjudicial.org. Questions and research can be sent to this address with the expectation of a reply in 1-2 business days.

 

Marriage and civil union ceremonies are canceled until April 24,2020.

 

Chief Judge Guerin stated, "Out of an abundance of caution and in an effort to take prudent, proactive measures to prevent the introduction and spread of the COVID-19 virus, I have decided to implement the steps outlined in the Administrative Order. These actions are consistent with the advice and directives issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health, DuPage County Health Department and the Office of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker. This order allows us to both protect the health and safety of courthouse employees and the public while also ensuring continued fair and efficient access to justice. We will continue to closely monitor this rapidly evolving situation and issue any additional necessary court orders."

 

View the full order on the court's website.


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