17th Circuit Plans June 1st Reopening

The 17th Judicial Circuit announced plans on how it intends to resume a more traditional court schedule effective June 1, 2020.  Chief Judge Doherty advises jurors and litigants to be aware that they will see changes when they arrive at court facilities in Winnebago County and Boone County.

- Masks/Face Coverings:  all persons entering the Courthouse should bring their own mask or face covering, as you may be required to wear one.

- Jurors:  some jury trials will resume at a reduced level.  Steps have been taken to increase spacing between jurors.

- More virtual hearings:  the Court will put more reliance on virtual/remote hearings.  Litigants should be aware that they may be given instructions on how to attend court remotely.

- Some court locations may be moved or case times rescheduled.  Litigants should make sure that the Circuit Clerk has their current contact information, including email address.

- To reduce the number of people in the building, litigants are strongly discouraged from bringing other persons to court with them.

“We will be returning to essentially a full-time schedule,” Judge Doherty said, “but the courthouse process is going to look different.  I’m confident we can pull together and cooperate with each other to get through this challenging time.”

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