Due to the health concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19, many upcoming court appearance dates in Illinois have been postponed. This includes court dates scheduled throughout the primary geographic area of our legal practice: Cook County, Lake County and DuPage County. The details below are related to criminal and traffic cases. For the most up-to-date information, please review the information posted by the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the county where your case is pending.
Cook County Courthouses
Most court appearances scheduled from March 17, 2020 through April 15, 2020 will be rescheduled.
Misdemeanor and traffic cases will be automatically continued. Notices regarding new court appearance dates will be sent by mail from the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County within 60 days of the last court date.
Felony arraignments, bond hearings and all emergency motions (misdemeanor and felony) will still be heard.
More information can be found at http://www.cookcountycourt.org.
Lake County Courthouses
The majority of court appearances scheduled from March 17, 2020 through April 14, 2020 at the Waukegan Courthouse will be rescheduled.
However, cases which have speedy trial demands pending, statutory summary suspension hearings, forfeiture hearings, and probation violation hearings in which an agreement to continue has not been reached will still be heard. Bond hearings, in-custody cases in which a plea agreement has been reached, emergency and certain order of protection hearings, warrants and other emergency motions will still be heard. All of these cases will be assigned to Courtroom T-110 in the Waukegan Courthouse.
All branch courts (Mundelein, Park City, and Round Lake Beach) will remain closed through April 14, 2020.
Notices regarding new court appearance dates will be sent by mail from the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Lake County within the coming weeks.
More information can be found at https://19thcircuitcourt.state.il.us/2156/COVID-19-RELATED or using the case search tool at https://circuitclerk.lakecountyil.gov/publicAccess.
DuPage County Courthouses
The majority of court appearances at the Wheaton Courthouse scheduled from March 17, 2020 through April 17, 2020 will be continued for a period of 30 to 60 days from the original court date.
Felony cases set for bond hearing, arraignment, preliminary hearing, speedy trial cases, in-custody cases and emergency motions will still be heard.
Also, misdemeanor cases with in-custody defendants, speedy trial cases, summary suspension hearings, and emergency motions will still be heard.
The branch courts including Addison Field Court, Downers Grove Field Court and Traffic Courtrooms 1001 and 1003 are closed through April 17, 2020. Traffic cases and all matters assigned to these locations will be automatically continued.
The Clerk of the Circuit Court of DuPage County will mail notices regarding new court appearance dates to all interested parties.
You may also contact the Clerk’s Office at the following numbers:
Criminal (Felony) – (630) 407-8938
Criminal (Misdemeanor & Traffic) – (630) 407-8933