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Are the courthouses open?
Yes. The Kane County Courthouses are again physically open to the public. Remote (Zoom) court is still encouraged in most cases. Having processes and procedures in place to help protect everyone's health and safety during the pandemic is still a top priority. General Order 21-06
How do I find my court date?
Court date information is available on KaneCourt.org. Click on FIND MY COURT DATE. You may search using your name or case number. If you do NOT find your court date on this site, search the Kane County Circuit Clerk's Office website under Court Records, or you may call the Kane County Circuit Clerk's Office at (630)232.3413.
To receive text or email notifications of your future court dates, go to KaneCourt.org, click on HEARING REMINDERS, and subscribe to the service.
Am I required to come to court?
Go to KaneCourt.org, look for your courtroom number or judge. Once found, select JOIN HEARING for that courtroom or judge. Look at the Session Times. If the day of the week and time you have court falls within any of the listed days/times, you may stay home and attend court on Zoom (remote). UNLESS you have a court order or have been directed to appear in person by your attorney. Then you must appear in person at the designated courthouse.
From what devices may I access Zoom?
You may access Zoom from any computer, smart phone, or mobile device that has internet access.
What if I don't have internet access to attend a Zoom court hearing?
See the Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center web page Hotspots, Wi-fi, & Internet Services Free or Low Cost. You may also use equipment at the Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center to access Zoom Court. The equipment is limited so there is no guarantee of immediate access to your court hearing.
Is it safe to come to court if I am seeking an emergency order of protection or have been ordered by a judge to appear in person? What should I expect when I go to court?
All Kane County Courthouses have been modified to allow for required social distancing to protect the health and safety of both the courthouse staff and members of the public.
Do I need to wear a mask/face covering if I am required to come to court?
See General Order 21-18
Face masks or coverings are required to enter Kane County Courthouses for all persons regardless of vaccination status beginning 8/5/2021. Social distancing is no longer required for vaccinated individuals (unvaccinated individuals must still maintain six feet social distancing).
Reasonable accommodations will be provided for individuals with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from safely wearing masks/face coverings. An individual who is not medically able to tolerate a mask/face covering due to a medical condition or disability should contact the Court's Disability Coordinator, as soon as possible in advance of the scheduled court proceeding, so that appropriate and reasonable accommodations can be made.
All persons, including courtroom personnel, must wear masks/face coverings when inside all courtrooms, unless the presiding judge of the courtroom gives permission to remove the mask/face covering.
Who or what should I bring with me when I come to court?
You should bring with you only items needed for court and only those persons who are required to be present for your case. Anyone who is not required to be present in court may be required to wait outside the building. General Order 21-06
Will there be childcare available at the courthouse?
YES. The Kane County Children's Waiting Room is open. There will be limited availability. Please call or email, Ann Lobb, the Children's Waiting Room Director to make a reservation. 630.232.3954 or CWR@kanecountybar.org General Order 21-06
What do I need to know if my landlord is trying to evict me?
For information on evictions, please read through the COVID-19 Housing Resources Information from the Illinois Housing Development Authority or visit Eviction Early Resolution Program Resources for Courts from the Illinois Courts website. You may also find information and assistance through the new Kane County Eviction Mediation Program.
What do I need to know if I want to evict my tenant?
For information on evictions, please read the COVID-19
Housing Resources Information from the Illinois Housing Development Authority or visit Eviction Early Resolution Program Resources for Courts from the Illinois Courts website. You may also find information and assistance through the new Kane County Eviction Mediation Program.
Do I still have to pay rent or my mortgage?
YES. You are still obligated to pay rent or make mortgage payments
For answers to frequently asked questions about evictions, read the information provided on the Illinois Housing Development Authority website.
Can I get married at a Kane County Courthouse?
YES. The courts are performing marriages at the courthouses. General Order 21-06. You are encouraged to call the Kane County Clerk's Office 630-232-5950 or visit their Marriages page for more information.