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6/3 Updated Current Orders and Courthouse Procedures

Wednesday, June 3, 2020  
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DuPage County Courts to Resume Court Operations

 

Beginning June 8, 2020, courts in the 18th Judicial Circuit (DuPage County) will resume hearing all court matters either in-person or by remote means. Chief Judge Daniel P. Guerin issued an Administrative Order (AO 20-26) today 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 DuPage Administrative Order 20-26, civil matters in the Chancery, Domestic Relations and Law divisions will proceed by remote means only using various technologies, including the Zoom platform. Only emergency matters, order of protection returns and bench trials will be conducted in-person, until further order of the court.


Criminal matters
in the Felony, Misdemeanor and Traffic divisions will proceed in-person. Bail hearings will proceed both in-person in the assigned felony courtroom Monday through Friday or in video bond court Monday through Friday. Weekend and holiday bond courts will proceed as currently scheduled.

 

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.

 

No criminal jury trials will take place before July 20, 2020 and no civil jury trials will take place before August 24, 2020. All bench trials will take place on a date and time set by the assigned judge.

 

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 will begin June 11, 2020 and will be conducted on Thursdays and Fridays by appointment only.  Appointments may be scheduled by calling 630-407-8232.

 

The DuPage County Law Library will resume regular operations on June 8, 2020.

 

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.

 

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

 

Domestic Relations Information

NEW - May 29, 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.  

 

 

 

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


 

   

 

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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