As the 16th Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Clint Hull extended his general order on using remote court services for most Kane County Courts until Feb. 28, 2021, the Kane County Law Library and Self Help Legal Center wants court-goers to know they are not alone in the process.
Law Library Director Halle Cox says the library has added LIVE virtual services to help meet the need of those representing themselves during the pandemic.
“(We’re) hoping to fill the gap of temporary closures of some of the most popular legal aid programs people were able to turn to in the past, before COVID-19,” she said.
Cox hopes the new LIVE Chat with a Librarian feature added to the Law Library’s website at kclawlibrary.org, will help get self-represented litigants to remote court quickly.
For judges to hear their court cases, court-goers have to be able to download the free Zoom app and find their virtual court room. Librarians are on hand during business hours to help with this process, to get people where they need to be, and offer resource help such as finding forms, efiling, and how to find an attorney.
If people are not comfortable using the chat feature, they can use the chat box to email their question to the Law Library or they can call the Law Library at 630-406-7126 to speak to a librarian during business hours.
Another new resource offered by the Kane County Law Library is a call-in/email service using their IL JusticeCorps volunteer, Sarah Kain, to help court-goers who are:
- Attending a court hearing from home using Zoom.
- Verifying a next court date, time, and judge.
- Locating and e-filing legal forms.
- Need a referral to local legal aid agencies and programs.
You can contact Kain by phone at 630-358-9076 from 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday or by email at email@example.com from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through Feb. 28. Kain is not an attorney, and is not able to give legal advice.
Cox reminds people who are involved in a family case that the Law Library offers Divorce and Family Law Help Call-in Service, which has continued to gain popularity throughout the pandemic.
“This free weekly Thursday program has helped so many self-represented litigants navigate family law problems including divorce, child support, custody, and parenting time,” she said.
Attorneys from the Kane County Bar Association volunteer their time to answer questions by phone in an attempt to offer contactless service during the pandemic. This free service is very busy and it may take more than one phone call to reach an attorney. It is available from 11 a.m. to noon every Thursday by calling 630-406-7126.
“Even if you’re going to Kane County Court alone, you don’t have to feel alone by using these new resources,” Cox said.
The Kane County Law Library and Self Help Legal Center is closed for in-person visits until Feb. 28, 2021, but remains open remotely.
- Website/Chat: https://www.kclawlibrary.org
- Phone: 630-406-7126
- Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday
SOURCE: Kane County Law Library news release