Coronavirus has now effected the judicial system statewide as reflected by the Illinois Supreme Court’s general order issued March 17, 2020. It provides in part:
Perhaps the best resource to monitor the impact on the judicial system is: http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/Administrative/covid-19.asp
The public should understand that merely because the court system for non-emergency contested hearings is generally shut-down on a short-term basis, does not mean that critical documents cannot be filed. Illinois is a state of required electronic filing of documents. Signatures from clients can be obtained electronically.
The Gitlin Law firm has implemented a policy where lawyers and staff will be able to work on their computers remotely from home while we are under a shelter-in-place order and have full access to the client’s court files. Lawyer client meets can be accomplished via the phone or via Skype with documents transmitted electronically.
Please 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.
Update: On 3/20/20, the Governor of IL issued a stay-at-home order. From 5:00 p.m. on Saturday at 3/21/20 through to April 7th. This stay-at-home is only for non-essential matters. One should honor the intent of this order and still allows matters even such as ordering meals for drive-through, etc.
My best and be well.
Gunnar J. Gitlin