Kane Chief Judge Issues Executive Order: 16th Circuit Will Hear Only 'Essential And Emergency' Cases

Kane Chief Judge Issues Executive Order: 16th Circuit Will Hear Only ‘Essential And Emergency’ Cases

Kane County 16th Circuit Chief Judge Clint Hull issued an executive order today (Monday, Mach 16, 2020) that essentially halts all court operations except “essential and emergency” motions for a full month.

Under the order, most criminal and civil cases will be continued to dates after April 17, 2020.

“This decision was made in order to protect the health and safety of the general public and courthouse employees and made after consultation with the Presiding Judges and offices of the County Board, State’s Attorney, Public Defender, Court Services, Circuit Clerk, and representatives of the private bar,” Hull said in a news release.

The Kane County Courthouse (100 South Third St., Geneva), Kane County Judicial Center (37W777 Route 38, St. Charles), and Kane County Juvenile Justice Center (37W655 Route 38, St. Charles) will remain open to hear those cases deemed essential and any emergency motions.

Essential cases include but are not limited to in-custody criminal cases, order of protection hearings, juvenile delinquency, juvenile abuse and neglect, and emergency matters.

The Aurora Branch Court (1200 East Indian Trial Road, Aurora), Elgin Branch Court (150 Dexter Court, Elgin), and Kane County Branch Court (530 S. Randall Road, St. Charles) will be closed through Friday, April 17, and re-open Monday, April 20, 2020. All bond call matters that were previously heard at the Aurora and Elgin Branch Courts will be heard at the Kane County Judicial Center until April 20, 2020.

“We will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis,” Hull said. “We appreciate the cooperation we have received from everyone involved in the court system. We are doing our best to balance the needs of protecting the public and our courthouse staff with keeping the courthouse open to hear those cases that must be heard.

“We are focused on those cases that involve individuals who are in-custody and those matters that are required for the protection of individuals and the public. I want to thank everyone for their understanding and patience. This is an unprecedented situation and we may need to make more changes in the days ahead.”

The Circuit Clerk’s Office will be mailing new court dates to the last known mailing address. Questions about future court dates should be directed to the Kane County Circuit Court Clerk at (630) 232-3413 or circuitclerk@co.kane.il.us.

Next court dates will also be available through the public portal on the Kane County Circuit Clerk’s website at www.cic.co.kane.il.us. Users should have case numbers or party names available. New court dates will not be immediately available. Please wait seven to 10 days after your regularly scheduled court date before calling about your new court date.

Additional information can be found at the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit website at illinois16thjudicialcircuit.org.

SOURCE: 16th Circuit Court news release