At the discretion of the judge presiding over a courtroom, the use of video remote appearances shall continue pursuant to Supreme Court Rule, Local Court Rule, and Guidelines for a Virtual Courtroom, as established by the 22nd Judicial Circuit and as encouraged by Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Anne Burke. Petitioners may continue to present petitions for emergency orders of protection, stalking no contact orders and civil no contact orders by remote video conferencing technology pursuant to Supreme Court Rules. Agreed orders will continue to be accepted in the Civil and Family Divisions.
Lawyers and the public should be aware of Supreme Court Rule 45 and the impact on our family law cases. McHenry County will be one of the counties to largely require personal court appearances in family law cases except in certain types of routine matters.