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9/25 Updated Current Orders and Courthouse Procedures

Friday, September 25, 2020  
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USE OF A FACE COVERING IS MANDATORY AT ALL TIMES WHILE IN THE COURTHOUSE, INCLUDING THE ATTORNEY RESOURCE CENTER.

In compliance with the Administrative Order 20-19, all attorneys using the Attorney Resource Center will be required to maintain social distancing, continue the required mask usage and will be required to sign-in when entering.  

 

 

View all COVID-19 related Administrative Orders on the Court's website by clicking here.

 

9/25/20 Traffic Court Update - Administrative Order 20-37 and amendments to Administrative Order 20-23 set new scheduling procedures for Traffic Court as well as procedures for witnesses and police officers.  These orders are effective September 28th. 

Download the Traffic Court Schedule here.

View the September 24th Trafic Court Update with Chief Judge Guerin and the Traffic Division Judges below.

 

8/18/20 Update - Administrative Order 20-36 (and 20-36 First Amendment issued 8/20/20) issued on Remote Proceedings in Criminal Divisions.  Scroll down for details and to view the 8/21/20 video presentation from Chief Judge Guerin and the Clerk's office.

 

IMPORTANT DATES 

 

Civil Jury Trials Continued to January 4, 2021 (View the updated Law Division Procedures - includes directory of all Zoom invites and new courtroom assignments)

 

Residential Eviction Call Suspended through October 17, 2020 (See amended order issued September 21, 2020) 

 

 

NEW ZOOM HEARING MANAGEMENT TOOL - Effective August 10th, the 18th Judicial Circuit is implementing a new process that provides a centralized location to obtain Zoom links. The Zoom links will change daily and you will be able to link to your court proceeding directly from the Clerk’s Office website at www.18thjudicial.org. Previously assigned links will no longer work starting on August 10th.

 

You will need to find your Zoom meeting information by following the steps below:

 

1. Click on the Remote Court Hearings icon at www.18thjudicial.org

 

2. Enter your court room and date, or your case number, and press Search Schedule.

 

3. Select “Join Now” to connect to the court proceeding. Meeting IDs, passcodes and phone numbers are provided for other modes of entry.

 

 

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION - How to find your Zoom proceeding

 

 

 

 

Zoom Court Fundamentals with DuPage Public Defender Jeff York


 

 

 

Chief Judge Daniel P. Guerin issued amendments to Administrative Order (AO 20-26) on June  26, 2020 and subsequent amendments on June 29th outlining the procedures to be followed for the safe and efficient resumption of court business.


"As we resume hearing all court matters, the health and safety of the public and all justice system partners and employees remains our highest priority, " said Chief Judge Guerin. " Court matters will proceed under a plan to carefully and gradually introduce persons into the court facilities over a period of time. "

 

Protocols have been implemented in an effort to protect the health and safety of all persons using court facilities. These include:

 

  • Daily court calls are significantly reduced or will proceed by remote means only
  • Persons represented by a public defender or private attorney are not required to appear in court until or unless ordered to do so by a judge.
  • Temperature readings will be taken of all persons upon entry.
  • Face-coverings are required to be worn within the public spaces and courtrooms of court facilities. Persons are expected to have their own face-coverings.
  • Courtroom and hallway seating is clearly marked for social distancing. Seating is limited and only those persons necessary for the court proceeding (attorney, litigant, witness, victim) should enter the court facility. Other persons may be asked to exit or wait in specially designated waiting areas.
  • Plexiglass shields and hand sanitizer dispensers are installed and located inside the courtrooms and other designated areas.
  • Housekeeping staff conducts frequent and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of court facility areas and surfaces.

 

On May 20, 2020, the Illinois Supreme Court issued Order M.R. 30370 authorizing each circuit court to return to hearing all court matters, whether in-person or remotely, according to a schedule to be adopted by each chief judge. The Order also directed circuit courts to allow for social distancing and attempt to reduce the number of persons appearing personally for court appearances.

 

Summary of the Illinois Supreme Court Order M.R. Order 30370, entered May 20, 2020,

Under the amended DuPage Administrative Order 20-26, civil matters in the Chancery, and Law divisions will proceed by remote means only using various technologies, including the Zoom platform. Only emergency matters and bench trials will be conducted in-person, until further order of the court and no civil jury trials shall take place before January 4, 2021.  The Law Division issued additional guidance on June 30, 2020 addressing scheduling procedures along with a directory of the standing Zoom invitation for all Law Division courtrooms.


Domestic Relations Courtroom 2002 (The Honorable Elizabeth W. Sexton) will be opened for in person court appearance beginning June 29, 2020. For the remaining courtrooms (2001, 3001(b), 3003, 3004, 3005, 3006, 3007 and 3009):

1. Statuses and presentments (morning cases) shall continue to be via ZOOM only. If you have previously scheduled a presentment or status for an in person court appearance, your time has been reserved, but you must call the Scheduler and have your case changed to ZOOM. If you do not contact them, the court will continue your matter to a date in August.

2. Pretrial Conferences shall continue to be via ZOOM only. If you have previously scheduled a pretrial Conference for an in person court appearance, your time has been reserved, but you must call the Scheduler and have your conference changed to ZOOM. If you do not contact them, the court will continue your matter to a date in August.

3. Hearings scheduled for the afternoons. If you have a hearing currently scheduled for an in person hearing, the Judge will determine if it is exigent and if it is proceeding. You will be contacted by Nora (from scheduling) to advise you if your case is proceeding or not. Evidentiary hearings by ZOOM are in the discretion of the Judge.

4. Trials scheduled for Thursdays and Fridays. If you have a trial currently scheduled, the Judge will determine if it is exigent and if it is proceeding. You will be contacted by Nora (from scheduling) to advise you if your case is proceeding in person or not.

5. Prove-ups. Remote prove-ups shall continue. You can also continue to do prove-ups by affidavit.

 

Special considerations for matters in Domestic Relations (Updated Scheduling Procedures and Guidelines for Prove-Up by Affidavit supplemental to AO 20-10 )

 

Felony and Misdemeanor - Zoom Hearings in Criminal Divisions (Administrative Order 20-36 Issued 8/18/20) - Starting August 24, 2020, most felony and misdemeanor court matters will proceed only by remote videoconference via Zoom. To access a Zoom court proceeding, go to the homepage of the Circuit Clerk's website at www.lSthjudicial.org and select the "Remote Court Proceedings (Zoom) " icon.


Rules of conduct for Zoom court proceedings can be found on the Circuit Clerk's Remote Court Proceedings webpage. All persons participating in a Zoom court proceeding must follow these rules and any others established by the assigned judge. Failure to do so can result in removal from the Zoom court proceeding.


Judges will conduct Zoom court proceedings from the bench in open courtrooms at regularly scheduled court times to ensure public access to judicial proceedings. However, no in-person court proceedings, other than those exceptions listed below herein, will take place before 11:00 A.M.

 

Traffic court matters in all traffic courtrooms will proceed in-person. Addison Traffic Court is temporarily relocated into the main courthouse at 505 N. County Farm Road in Wheaton and will be held in the first-floor annex room at 10:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M.

Petitions and hearings on emergency and plenary orders of protection, stalking / no contact orders, civil no contact orders and firearm restraining orders will proceed in-person.

 

Specialty court matters involving Drug Court, Mental Health Court (MICAP), First Offender Drug Court (FOCUS) and Veterans Court will proceed in-person and staffings and graduations will continue in a manner and method in the judge's discretion.

Juvenile court matters will proceed either in-person or remotely in the judge's discretion and consistent with the Administrative Order.

 

 

All eviction matters shall be suspended through and including June 30, 2020.

No arbitration hearings will take place before July 28, 2020.

 

Marriage and civil union ceremonies resumed June 11, 2020 and will be conducted on Thursdays and Fridays and each business day of a non-jury week by appointment only.  Appointments may be scheduled by calling  630-407-8232.

 

The DuPage County Law Library has resumed regular operations.

 

The Safe Harbor Children's waiting room will be closed until further order of the court.

 

 

 

MOST RECENT ORDERS

 

Administrative Order 20-20 DuPage County Chief Judge Daniel P. Guerin issued an Administrative Order on May 1st which extends limited court operations by rescheduling most criminal, juvenile, and all traffic matters through June 5, 2020.  

 
Administrative Order 20-22
issued May 14th further ordered that effective June 8, 2020 and until further order of the court, the court appearance of all persons represented by a private attorney or public defender on any felony, misdemeanor, traffic, or juvenile court matter is hereby waived until or unless such court appearance is expressly ordered by a judge.

 

Beginning May 18, 2020, civil matters will remain as currently scheduled and proceedings will be conducted remotely using telephonic and video conferencing technology, including the Zoom platform.

 

Read the Zoom FAQ's for Attorneys prepared by the Office of the Chief Judge.

 

Administrative Order 20-23 - All matters currently assigned into Addison traffic court and scheduled for a court date on or between June 8 and July 2,2020 are hereby rescheduled into the courthouse at 505 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton. 


Administrative Order 20-25 - The Chief Judge of the 18th Judicial Circuit orders that all trials may be continued until further order of the Illinois Supreme Court, and that all Circuit and Associate Judges of the 18th Judicial Circuit are authorized to continue trials. Such continuances shall be excluded from speedy trial computations.

 

Administrative Order 20-35 authorizes the Probation Office to rule in the relocation and court appearance of juveniles in detention.  

 

Summary of the Illinois Supreme Court Order M.R. Order 30370, entered May 20, 2020,

 

Domestic Relations Information

UPDATED JUNE 11, 2020 -
A Remote Appearance Scheduling Form has been adopted by the Domestic Relations Division.  Complete and submit this form directly to your judge to schedule a remote appearance in your case.  

 

NEW JUNE 12, 2020 - An online video tutorial is now available for using the CRIS system to submit proper action orders online to the Court.

 

 

 

Law and Chancery Information

 

May 5th Question and Answer Session with Law and Chancery Division Judges

 

Law Division Question and Answer Session Held May 27, 2020 (Please note, we apologize for technical difficulties that cut off the recording of Judge Kleeman's opening comments.  All questions and responses were captured.)

 

 

Guidelines and procedures in the Law Division issued May 19

Guidelines and procedures in the Chancery Division issued May 22


Read the temporary COVID-19 Emergency Procedures in Decedents' Estates referenced in the recording here.

 

Felony and Misdemeanor/Traffic Information


 

Felony and Misdemeanor - Zoom Hearings in Criminal Divisions (Administrative Order 20-36 Issued 8/18/20) - Starting August 24, 2020, most felony and misdemeanor court matters will proceed only by remote videoconference via Zoom. To access a Zoom court proceeding, go to the homepage of the Circuit Clerk's website at www.lSthjudicial.org and select the "Remote Court Proceedings (Zoom) " icon.

Rules of conduct for Zoom court proceedings can be found on the Circuit Clerk's Remote Court Proceedings webpage. All persons participating in a Zoom court proceeding must follow these rules and any others established by the assigned judge. Failure to do so can result in removal from the Zoom court proceeding.


Judges will conduct Zoom court proceedings from the bench in open courtrooms at regularly scheduled court times to ensure public access to judicial proceedings. However, no in-person court proceedings, other than those exceptions listed below herein, will take place before 11:00 A.M.  

 

Attorneys should not call the judges’ secretaries to request that a case be placed on the 11:00 A.M. or 1:30 P.M. calls.  Per the amended administrative order (see attached), only the judge sets cases at those times. Thus, attorneys should ask on the Zoom call to place a case on an 11:00 A.M. or 1:30 P.M. call. We do not want the secretaries inundated with these types of requests.

Judges have proven very adept at the Zoom proceedings and many times are able to finish a Zoom call early.  If the judges’ staff is available to come to the courtroom, then the judge may call for an inmate to be brought to court before 11:00 A.M.  This procedure applies to inmates only.  Otherwise, all in-person matters will continue to take place at either 11:00 A.M. or 1:30 P.M.

 

 

View the 8/21 Presentation on Remote Appearances in the Criminal Division

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

  


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