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Court Extends Reduced Operations Print E-mail

The 17th Circuit Court, since March 17, 2020, has pared down its operations to handle only “essential matters” as directed by the Illinois Supreme Court.  The period of reduced operations has now been extended through the end of May 31, 2020, with the Court hopeful that regular business may resume June 1, 2020.


The Court’s reduced operations mode eliminates all in-person court proceedings with the following exceptions:

  • Filings may still be made with the Circuit Clerk, either online or in-person.
  • Emergency orders of protection will still be received in the Clerk’s office or via an online portal accessed at under “Covid-19 Information and Updates” and will be heard.  Final (“plenary”) hearings on orders of protection may be conducted if the judge determines that the matter is urgent and time-sensitive.
  • The Court will continue to hear matters which it deems essential and time sensitive.
  • All criminal jury trials and bench trials are continued to a date on or after June 1, 2020.  Civil jury trials are continued to at least July 6, 2020.
  • Time-sensitive juvenile court matters will still be heard.


The Court’s criminal court volume is significantly reduced.  The Court  may host hearings of all matters, including non-essential matters, remotely in a Virtual Courtroom via videoconference or similar means.


Chief Judge Eugene Doherty said that he hopes the end of the current period of reduced operations is in sight.  “It goes against our grain to continue so many cases, but we all understand the public health imperative.”  


PDF of Press Release with attached Administrative Order 2020-18

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