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Changes to Operations

Changes to Operations Due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Circuit Court of Cook County is currently hearing all matters by videoconferencing until further order of the court with the exception of jury trials.

Read General Administrative Order 2020-2 for Information regarding video, telephone or in-person Hearings

Please note that the presiding judge may order an in-person appearance at their discretion. Masks or face coverings, temperature and health screenings are required to be admitted into all courthouses.

Judges will be available in person or remotely in each division, department and district to hear emergency matters as determined by the Presiding Judge of the respective division or district. Petitions for emergency orders in cases where the parties are not involved in a pending Domestic Relations matter shall be heard at 555 West Harrison (Chicago) and in Districts 2, 3, 5 and 6. Emergency petitions in Probate or Domestic Relations cases will be heard in those divisions at the Daley Center.

All in-person traffic and misdemeanor matters are continued until further order of court. Notice of the new court date shall be provided to the defendant by the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Emergency proceedings in misdemeanor cases will be heard as provided in GAO 2020-02.

All court matters may continue to be electronically filed with the Clerk of the Court, or pursuant to the exemptions enumerated in Illinois Supreme Court Rule 9.