Coronavirus has effected the judicial system statewide as reflected by the Illinois Supreme Court’s general order issued March 17, 2020. Perhaps the best resource to monitor the impact on the judicial system is: http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/Administrative/covid-19.asp
And as of June 1, 2020, what we will see is the courts attempt to gradually reopen.
The public should understand that through to June 1st, merely because the court system for non-emergency contested hearings is quite limited on a short-term basis, this has not meant that critical documents cannot be filed or certain progress cannot be made in divorce and family-law cases. Illinois is a state of required electronic filing of documents. Signatures from clients can be obtained electronically. And in many counties steps such as pretrial conferences can be conducted and cases can be proved-up remotely. See the Gitlin Law Firm’s separate blog regarding the procedures in McHenry County including virtual mediation.
Keep in mind that at this time the courthouse remains open in McHenry County, Illinois for emergency matters including at this time including orders of protection and that as of June 1, 2020, the courthouse will fully reopen. Nevertheless, divorce and family lawyers have been trained in McHenry County with conducting hearings remotely including use of Zoom for court appearances, etc.
The Governor’s stay-at-home order was entered at the end of May and most anticipate it will remain in effect until the end of the month for the collar counties under the Restore Illinois plan. Illinois is currently in phase two of the five phases. It is controversial but some of the further out collar counties have been grouped with Cook County and will likely be slower to reopen. Therefore, keep in mind that you will be impacted by your region with McHenry County–like Kane Count and parts of Lake County–being in Region 9.
My best and be well.
Gunnar J. Gitlin