Coronavirus

McHenry County courthouse to remain open, many cases to receive continuances

On just about any typical weekday morning, the parking lot at the McHenry County Courthouse would be full, but with social distancing caused by the coronavirus, the parking lot is less than halfway occupied just after they open on Monday in Woodstock.
On just about any typical weekday morning, the parking lot at the McHenry County Courthouse would be full, but with social distancing caused by the coronavirus, the parking lot is less than halfway occupied just after they open on Monday in Woodstock.

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The McHenry County courthouse in Woodstock is taking additional precautions in response to the most recent information regarding COVID-19 provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a news release.

The 22nd Judicial Circuit and the Michael J. Sullivan Judicial Center will remain open and continue to perform court related functions, but will scale back on the number of cases heard in the coming days.

Anyone with a small claims or traffic matters scheduled to for Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday is encouraged to contact the McHenry County Circuit Clerk's Office at 815-334-4190 to reschedule their case, Trial Court Administrator Dan Wallis said in a news release Monday.

Parties to small claims and traffic cases previously scheduled for a hearing date within the next 21 days should visit the circuit clerk's website at https://caseinfo.mchenrycountyil.gov/pca to check whether their cases have been rescheduled for a future date. New dates should be posted by the end of business Monday and notices will be sent to all involved parties.

Evictions are not being rescheduled at this time, according to the release.

"This unprecedented situation presents unique challenges to the 22nd Judicial Circuit’s normal operating procedures," Wallis wrote. "Court leadership will continue to work with state and local officials to monitor the situation and make changes as necessary and communicate those changes to members of the public, other branches of government, and judicial partners."

Anyone involved in ongoing criminal matters and would like a continuance of their next court appearances should first contact their attorney directly.

Questions about other court functions can be directed to the Court Administration Office at 815-334-4385.

For local volunteer opportunities in McHenry County, visit the Volunteer Center McHenry County.
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