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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
On the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit website, click on LiveStreaming. Complete the Confirm Agreement, then look for your courtroom number or judge. Once found, select JOIN HEARING for that courtroom or judge. On the bottom half of the screen, look at the Session Time. 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.
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. 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. You may also find information and assistance through the new Kane County Eviction Mediation Program. –coming soon
What do I need to know if I want to evict my tenant?
For information on evictions, please read through the COVID-19
Housing Resources Information from the Illinois Housing Development Authority. You may also find information and assistance through the new Kane County Eviction Mediation Program. – coming soon
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. 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.
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.