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​​​​Are all of the courthouses open?​

YES. However, some temporary changes have been made to the way the courts are handling cases, including whether or not all parties are required to be present in court.  Please see Information by Case Type, for more specific information for your type of case.​

How do I find my court date?

The Circuit Clerk’s Office has sent notices to everyone with open cases containing next court date information.  Court date information is also available on the Circuit Clerk’s website, or you can call the Circuit Clerk’s Office at (630) 232-3413.

You can also go to the “Court Notification” link on the Circuit Clerk’s website and, using your case number, sign up to receive text or email notifications of upcoming court dates.

Am I required to come to court?​​

If you are represented by a lawyer, you should contact your lawyer’s office to find out if you are personally required to appear on your next court date.

If you are representing yourself in court, you may contact the Circuit Clerk’s Office at (630) 232-3413, or go to the Circuit Clerk’s website​ to see if you are personally required to appear on your next court date.

Is it safe to come to court? What should I expect when I go to court?

For everyone’s safety, 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 when I come to court?

YES.  See General Order 20-21​

If I am in a hallway or the cafeteria and nobody is around, may I take off my mask/face-covering?

NO.  If you are in a public space, you need to wear your mask/face-covering. Someone may come out of a courtroom, an office, the elevators, the bathroom or otherwise walk up on you unexpectedly. You may remove your mask/face-covering while eating or drinking in the cafeteria as long as you respect social distancing guidelines. ​

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 in their car.  There will not be daycare available at the courthouses. Please bring your own pens and paper.  ​

Will there be childcare available at the courthouse?

There will be no childcare available at any of the courthouses.

What if I am a current juror?

Jury trials are currently not taking place due to COVID-19 health and safety concerns. They will resume August 3, 2020, dependent upon announced local, state, and federal guidelines as well as health and safety orders. If you received a summons to appear for jury duty during April or May 2020, you are hereby released from such service. Updates or changes will be posted on this website and made available through the Jury Information Line at 630.232.3466

What do I need to do to participate in a Zoom court hearing?​

Install the Zoom application (from your mobile device's app store or https://zoom.us) onto your internet enabled mobile device or computer.  You do NOT need to purchase software or cameras. To attend court remotely, go to the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit Court's website at: https://www.illinois16thjudicialcircuit.org  and select the Attend a Remote Court Hearing link.  For step-by-step instructions please read: How to Use Zoom for Court | Como Utilizar Zoom en el Tribunal​

From what devices may I access Zoom?

You may access Zoom from any computer, smart phone, or mobile device that has internet access.

W​hat if I don't have internet access to attend a Zoom court hearing?

The Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center has five Zoom access terminals available for the public to use to attend court hearings.  You may also check with your local public library to see if they have hotspots to lend or a computer you may use.  A friend or family member may also allow you to use their internet connected device to attend a Zoom court hearing.   ​

Can my landlord evict me?  What if I live in federally subsidized housing?

NO. Eviction proceedings can not be started or enforced until June 27, 2020, unless you pose a direct threat to the health and safety of other tenants, an immediate and severe risk to property, or a violation of any applicable building code, health ordinance, or similar regulation. Executive Orders 20-33 and 20-39

NO. If you live in federally subsidized housing, landlords may not start evictions until July 25, 2020.  They are required to give you a 30-day notice of termination of tenancy, which means that the eviction case cannot be filed until August 24, 2020 at the earliest. M.R. 30370 5/22/2020

Do I still have to pay rent or my mortgage?

YES. You are still obligated to pay rent or make mortgage payments  Executive Orders 20-33 and 20-39.

Can someone serve me with a garnishment summons, wage deduction summons or a citation to discover assets?

NO. Garnishment summones, wage deduction summones or citations to discover assets should not be served until June 27, 2020 or after. 735 ILCS 5/12-805, Executive Orders 20-25 and 20-39

When can I get married at a Kane County Courthouse?

Chief Judge Hull has ordered as a precautionary measure in response to the Coronavirus that no marriages or civil unions will be performed in the Kane County Court system at all until July 13, 2020.  Couples with licenses that will expire before July 13, 2020 are encouraged to call 630-232-5950.   Couples who have judicial marriage/civil union packets and would like to continue to have a ceremony performed by a private officiant will need to come back into the office to get a marriage/civil union license printed to use the day of the ceremony.


 






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