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Are the courthouses open? 

NO.  The courts will be conducting court hearings and court related services through remote access only until January 31, 2021.  The buildings themselves are closed to all but court employees, those seeking an emergency order of protection, or by special setting as approved by the Presiding Judge of each division.  General Order 20-30

How do I find my court date?

Court date information is available on the Kane County Circuit Clerk's website, under Search Court Records, or you can call the Kane County Circuit Clerk's Office at (630) 232-3413.

To be notified of your future court dates, go to the Court Notification  link on the Kane County Circuit Clerk's website and, using your case number, sign up to receive text or email notifications.

Am I required to come to court?

The courts will be conducting all court hearings and court related services through remote access (Zoom) until January 31, 2021.  The buildings themselves are closed to all but court employees, those seeking an emergency order of protection, or by special setting as approved by the Presiding Judge of each division.  General Order 20-30 

If you are represented by a lawyer, contact your lawyer's office for instructions on how to attend your court date. ​

If you are representing yourself in court, instructions on how to use Zoom to attend court hearings can be found on the 16th Judicial Circuit website and the Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center website.​

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 people entering a courthouse in Kane County will be required to have their temperature taken, answer health screening questions, and wear a mask/face covering.  You are strongly urged to provide your own mask/face covering.  Available masks/face coverings at each location will be extremely limited.

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. (Watch videos about the 16th Judicial Circuit's reaction to COVID-19 created by Kane County judges.)

Do I need to wear a mask/face covering if I am required to come to court?

YES. See General Order 20-24 Illinois Supreme Court M.R. 30370  (8/27/2020)

See the Illinois State Department of Human Rights website for their FAQ for Businesses Concerning Use of Face-Coverings During COVID-19

What if I medically can't wear a mask?

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 able to tolerate a mask/face covering due to a medical condition or disability, should contact the Kane County Judicial Center's  Court's Accessibility Coordinator as soon as possible in advance of the scheduled court proceeding, so that appropriate, reasonable accommodations can be made. General Order 20-24

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. Please bring your own pens and paper.  

Will there be childcare available at the courthouse?

NO. The Kane County Children's Waiting Room is currently closed until further order of the court. GO 20-30

Can my landlord evict me?

Under Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order 2020-72, as amended by Executive Order 2020-74, eviction protections are now limited to specific households. If you owe rent, your landlord may not file an eviction action against you if you provide your landlord with a declaration stating that you meet specific criteria.  To see the criteria and declaration form, click here. ​

If I am a landlord, how do I evict someone?

You will need to read through and comply with Executive Order 20-74 and MR 30370 dated December 22, 2020 in addition to any other applicable eviction laws.

Do I still have to pay rent or my mortgage?

YES. You are still obligated to pay rent or make mortgage payments Executive Order 20-74

For answers to frequently asked questions about evictions, read the information provided on the Illinois Housing Development Authority website​.​

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.

Can I get married at a Kane County Courthouse?

NO. The courts are not performing marriages at the courthouses until further order of the court. GO 20-30​.  You are encouraged to call the Kane County Clerk's Office 630-232-5950 or visit their Marriages page for more information. ​​​