Court operations and the coronavirus

December 1, 2020

Today, the Office of the Chief Judge announced that a judge and 12 employees tested positive for COVID-19.

The judge works at the Markham Courthouse.

The employees include: a court reporter at the Bridgeview Courthouse; an administrative staff member at the Daley Center; a staff attorney at the Criminal Courthouse Administration Building; an Adult Probation officer at the Rolling Meadows Courthouse; and two employees of the Office of the Public Guardian at the Cook County Juvenile Center.

Also, the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center reported six new staff positive cases. The new positive cases bring the total JTDC number to 64 resident cases and 79 staff cases since the start of the pandemic. 

For all confirmed reports of COVID-19, Human Resources personnel contact any individuals identified as having had close contact with infected person(s) in the workplace and potentially were exposed to the virus. Deep cleaning of any affected areas is requested upon receipt of notice of a COVID-19 case in the workplace.

A total of 192 employees working under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge have tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, 17 judges have tested positive since the start of the pandemic. The number of judges has been adjusted from previous reports, and includes judges who have not been in a court facility since March.

Please note that for cases in which an individual tested positive twice, that individual is only counted once in totals.
 

November 30, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that two judges and an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

Both judges work out of the Markham Courthouse. The employee works for the Juvenile Probation Dept., and was last at work at the Cook County Juvenile Center in March.

Also, the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center reported that a newly admitted resident has tested positive. This brings the total at the JTDC to 64 positive resident cases and 73 positive staff cases. 

For all confirmed reports of COVID-19, Human Resources personnel contact any individuals identified as having had close contact with infected person(s) in the workplace and potentially were exposed to the virus. Deep cleaning of any affected areas is requested upon receipt of notice of a COVID-19 case in the workplace.

A total of 180 employees working under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge have tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, 14 judges have tested positive since the start of the pandemic.

Please note that for cases in which an individual tested positive twice, that individual is only counted once in totals.

 

November 25, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that three employees tested positive for COVID-19.

One employee works in the Adult Probation Dept. at the Markham Courthouse. The second employee works for the Juvenile Probation Dept. The third employee is an Official Court Reporter who works at the Bridgeview Courthouse.

Also, the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center reported that a newly admitted resident has tested positive. This brings the total at the JTDC to 63 positive resident cases and 73 positive staff cases. 

For all confirmed reports of COVID-19, Human Resources personnel contact any individuals identified as having had close contact with infected person(s) in the workplace and potentially were exposed to the virus. Deep cleaning of any affected areas is requested upon receipt of notice of a COVID-19 case in the workplace.

A total of 179 employees working under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge have tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, 12 judges have tested positive since the start of the pandemic.

Please note that for cases in which an individual tested positive twice, that individual is only counted once in totals.

 

November 24, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that a judge and three employees tested positive for COVID-19.

The judge typically works out of the Daley Center, but has not worked from the courthouse since March.

One of the employees works for Family Mediation Services and also has been out of the office since March.

The second employee works for the Adult Probation Dept. at the Criminal Court Administration Building, lower level. The third employee works as a court reporter at the Maywood Courthouse.

For all confirmed reports of COVID-19, Human Resources personnel contact any individuals identified as having had close contact with infected person(s) in the workplace and potentially were exposed to the virus. Deep cleaning of any affected areas is requested upon receipt of notice of a COVID-19 case in the workplace.

A total of 176 employees working under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge have tested positive for COVID-19, including 73 with the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Additionally, 12 judges and 62 JTDC residents have tested positive since the start of the pandemic.

Please note that for cases in which an individual tested positive twice, that individual is only counted once in totals.

 

November 23, 2020

Today, the Office of the Chief Judge announced that two employees tested positive for COVID-19.

One employee works for the Office of the Public Guardian at the Juvenile Court Center. The second employee is an Official Court Reporter who works at the Maywood Courthouse.

For all confirmed reports of COVID-19, Human Resources personnel contact any individuals identified as having had close contact with infected person(s) in the workplace and potentially were exposed to the virus. Deep cleaning of any affected areas is requested upon receipt of notice of a COVID-19 case in the workplace.

A total of 173 employees working under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge have tested positive for COVID-19, including 73 with the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Additionally, 11 judges and 62 JTDC residents have tested positive since the start of the pandemic.

Please note that for all cases in which an individual tested positive twice, that individual is only counted once in totals.
 

November 20, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that two employees tested positive for COVID-19.

The first employee works for the Juvenile Probation Dept., while the second works for the Adult Probation Dept. at the Bridgeview Courthouse.

For all confirmed reports of COVID-19, Human Resources personnel contact any individuals identified as having had close contact with infected person(s) in the workplace and potentially were exposed to the virus. Deep cleaning of any affected areas is requested upon receipt of notice of a COVID-19 case in the workplace.

A total of 171 employees working under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge have tested positive for COVID-19, including 73 with the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Additionally, 11 judges and 62 JTDC residents have tested positive since the start of the pandemic. There are about 2,600 employees with the Office of the Chief Judge, plus 400 judges.

Please note that for all cases in which an individual tested positive twice, that individual is only counted once in totals.

 

November 19, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that six employees tested positive for COVID-19.

One employee works in the Adult Probation Dept. at the Rolling Meadows Courthouse. A second Adult Probation Dept. employee works at the Criminal Courthouse Administration Building.

The third employee works for the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. The fourth employee is an administrative worker at the Bridgeview Courthouse. The fifth employee is a court reporter working at 69 W. Washington St. The sixth employee works at the Rolling Meadows Courthouse.

For all confirmed reports of COVID-19, Human Resources personnel contact any individuals identified as having had close contact with infected person(s) in the workplace and potentially were exposed to the virus. Deep cleaning of any affected areas is requested upon receipt of notice of a COVID-19 case in the workplace.

A total of 169 employees working under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge have tested positive for COVID-19, including 73 JTDC staff members. Additional, 11 judges and 62 JTDC residents have tested positive.

Please note that for all cases in which an individual tested positive twice, that individual is only counted once in totals.

 

November 18, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that four employees of the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and one JTDC resident tested positive for COVID-19.

The resident had not yet been admitted to the general population.

This brings the total positive cases for the JTDC to 72 staff and 62 residents since the start of the pandemic.

For all confirmed reports of COVID-19, Human Resources personnel contact any individuals identified as having had close contact with infected person(s) in the workplace and potentially were exposed to the virus. Deep cleaning of any affected areas is requested upon receipt of notice of a COVID-19 case in the workplace.

A total of 163 employees working under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge have tested positive for COVID-19, in addition to 11 judges. This is out of a total of about 2,600 employees and about 400 judges.

Please note that for all cases in which an individual tested positive twice, that individual is only counted once in totals.

 

November 17, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that a judge and four employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

The judge works in Traffic Court at the Daley Center and hasn’t been in the courthouse for a month.

The employees include two Juvenile Probation Dept. employees. The third employee works in the pre-trial unit in the Social Service Dept. at the Rolling Meadows Courthouse. The fourth employee is a court interpreter who last worked at the Cook County Juvenile Center and the Daley Center.

Also, the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center has two new resident cases in the general population. That brings total JTDC cases to 68 staff and 61 residents.

For any confirmed reports of COVID-19, Human Resources personnel contact any individuals identified as having had close contact with infected persons at the workplace and potentially been exposed to the virus. Deep cleaning of any affected areas is requested upon receipt of notice of a COVID-19 case in the workplace.

Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 159 employees working under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge have tested positive for COVID-19, in addition to 11 judges. This is out of a total of about 2,600 employees and about 400 judges.

Please note that for all cases in which an individual tested positive twice, that individual is only counted once in totals.

 

November 16, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced today that a judge at the Daley Center, who was last at work in late October, has tested positive for COVID-19.

In addition, there are six new resident cases at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. This brings the total positive cases at the JTDC to 68 staff members and 59 residents.

For any confirmed reports of COVID-19, Human Resources personnel contact any individuals identified as having had close contact with infected persons at the workplace and potentially been exposed to the virus. Deep cleaning of any affected areas is requested upon receipt of notice of a COVID-19 case in the workplace.

A total of 155 employees working under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge have tested positive for COVID-19, in addition to 10 judges.

Please note that for all cases in which an individual tested positive twice, that individual is only counted once in totals.
 

November 13, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that a judge and four employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

The judge works in the Bridgeview Courthouse.

Two employees work for the Adult Probation Dept. One works in the Bridgeview Courthouse and the other in the Skokie Courthouse.

Also, two employees with the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center tested positive for the virus, along with four JTDC residents. This brings the total number of positive cases at JTDC to 68 staff members and 53 residents since the start of the pandemic.

For any confirmed reports of COVID-19, Human Resources personnel contact any individuals identified as having had close contact with infected persons at the workplace and potentially been exposed to the virus. Deep cleaning of any affected areas is requested upon receipt of notice of a COVID-19 case in the workplace.

A total of 155 employees working under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge have tested positive for COVID-19, in addition to 9 judges. This is out of a total of about 2,600 non-judicial employees and about 400 judges.

Please note that for all cases in which an individual tested positive twice, that individual is only counted once in totals.

 

November 12, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that two employees with the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center have tested positive for COVID-19.

This brings the total number of JTDC COVID-19 cases to 66 staff members and 49 residents.

For any confirmed reports of COVID-19, Human Resources personnel contact any individuals identified as having had close contact with infected persons at the workplace and potentially been exposed to the virus. Deep cleaning of any affected areas is requested upon receipt of notice of a COVID-19 case in the workplace.

A total of 151 employees working under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge have tested positive for COVID-19, plus 8 judges.

Please note that for all cases in which an individual tested positive twice, that individual is only counted once in totals.


November 10, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that five employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

One employee works for court reporting services at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse. Two employees work in the Criminal Courthouse Administration Building – one for the Adult Probation Dept. and one for the Social Service Dept.

Two employees work for the Adult Probation Dept. in the Bridgeview Courthouse on the lower level.

Also, two Juvenile Temporary Detention Center residents tested positive.

For any confirmed reports of COVID-19, Human Resources personnel contact any individuals identified as having had close contact with infected persons at the workplace and potentially been exposed to the virus. Deep cleaning of any affected areas is requested upon receipt of notice of a COVID-19 case in the workplace.

A total of 149 employees working under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge have tested positive for COVID-19, plus 8 judges. This is out of a total of about 2,600 employees and 400 judges. The staff cases include 64 JTDC employees, plus 49 JTDC residents.

Please note that for all cases in which an individual tested positive twice, that individual is only counted once in totals.
 

November 9, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that four employees and two judges have tested positive for COVID-19.

One judge works at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, while the other judge works in the Cook County Juvenile Center.

The employees include a Juvenile Probation Dept. officer who was last at work in May; an Adult Probation Dept. pretrial officer who works on the lower level of the Criminal Court Administration Building; an Official Court Reporter at the Skokie Courthouse; and a Social Service Dept. caseworker who works at 555 W. Harrison St.

For any confirmed reports of COVID-19, Human Resources personnel contact any individuals identified as having had close contact with infected persons at the workplace and potentially been exposed to the virus.

Deep cleaning of any affected areas is requested upon receipt of notice of a COVID-19 case in the workplace.

A total of 144 employees working under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge have tested positive for COVID-19, plus 8 judges, since the pandemic began. This is out of a total staff of about 2,600 employees, plus 400 judges. Please note that, for all cases in which an individual tested positive twice, that individual is only counted once in totals.
 

November 6, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that two employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

One employee works for the Social Service Department at the Criminal Court Administration Building. The second employee works for the Juvenile Probation Department, but has not been at the office since March and reports no contact with other employees or stakeholders.

For any confirmed reports of COVID-19, Human Resources personnel contact any individuals identified as having had close contact with infected persons at the workplace and potentially been exposed to the virus. Deep cleaning of any affected areas is requested upon receipt of notice of a COVID-19 case in the workplace.

A total of 140 employees working under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge have tested positive for COVID-19, plus 6 judges and 47 Juvenile Temporary Detention Center residents. The staff cases include 64 JTDC employees.

Please note that for all cases in which an individual tested positive twice, that individual is only counted once in totals.

 

November 5, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that three employees of the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center have tested positive for COVID-19.

Mandatory testing of staff members was conducted last week.

Also, the JTDC has learned of two new admission resident cases. One of these residents already has been released.

This brings the total number of JTDC cases to 64 staff members and 47 residents since the pandemic began.

For any confirmed reports of COVID-19, Human Resources personnel contact any individuals identified as having had close contact with infected persons at the workplace and potentially been exposed to the virus. Deep cleaning of any affected areas is requested upon receipt of notice of a COVID-19 case in the workplace.

A total of 138 employees working under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge have tested positive for COVID-19, plus 6 judges. Please note that for all cases in which an individual tested positive twice, that individual is only counted once in totals.
 

November 4, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that four employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

Two employees work for the Adult Probation Department at the Criminal Court Administration Building. The third employee works for the Social Services Department at the Criminal Court Administration Building.

The fourth employee works at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. The JTDC is conducting testing on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The new confirmed case brings the total number of positive cases to 61 staff and 45 residents since the pandemic began.

For any confirmed reports of COVID-19, Human Resources personnel contact any individuals identified as having had close contact with infected persons at the workplace and potentially been exposed to the virus. Deep cleaning of any affected areas is requested upon receipt of notice of a COVID-19 case in the workplace.

A total of 135 employees working under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge have tested positive for COVID-19, plus 6 judges. Please note that for all cases in which an individual tested positive twice, that individual is only counted once in totals.
 

November 2, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that ten more employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

One employee is a court reporter assigned to the Bridgeview Courthouse. A second employee works as an interpreter in the Cook County Juvenile Center. A third employee is a court reporter assigned to 69 W. Washington Street who has not been in the workplace since August.

Seven of the employees work at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. All reported contact with JTDC staff.

The JTDC is conducting testing on all staff and contractors who are working onsite this week and also has tested residents. One of the staff members has tested positive twice, and so is only counted once in the total. The new confirmed cases bring the total number of positive cases to 60 staff and 45 residents since the pandemic began.

For any confirmed reports of COVID-19, Human Resources personnel contact any individuals identified as having had close contact with infected persons at the workplace and potentially been exposed to the virus. Deep cleaning of any affected areas is requested upon receipt of notice of a COVID-19 case in the workplace.

A total of 131 employees working under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge have tested positive for COVID-19, plus 6 judges. Please note that for all cases in which an individual tested positive twice, that individual is only counted once in totals.
 

October 30, 2020

The office of the Chief Judge announced that a judge in the Bridgeview Courthouse and an employee of the Adult Probation Department have tested positive for COVID-19.

The Adult Probation officer works at the Juvenile Courthouse on the fifth floor in the Home Confinement Unit.

The Juvenile Temporary Detention Center also reported that five residents have tested positive. The JTDC is conducting testing on all staff and contractors who are working onsite this week and also has tested residents. The new confirmed cases bring the total number of positive cases to 54 staff and 45 residents.

For any confirmed reports of COVID-19, Human Resources personnel contact any individuals identified as having had close contact with infected persons at the workplace and potentially been exposed to the virus. Deep cleaning of any affected areas is requested upon receipt of notice of a COVID-19 case in the workplace.

A total of 122 employees working under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge have tested positive for COVID-19, plus 6 judges. Please note that for cases in which an individual tested positive twice, that individual is only counted once in totals.
 

October 29, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that in the last three days, seven employees have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

Four employees work for the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, and only reported contact with other JTDC staff. Three employees are with the Adult Probation Department and worked at the Bridgeview Courthouse, the Criminal Court Administration Building and the Juvenile Courthouse, respectively.

Also, four JTDC residents tested positive.

JTDC is conducting testing on all staff and contractors who are working on site this week. The JTDC also tested residents Monday and Tuesday.

The most recent positive tests bring the total number of positive cases at the JTDC to 54 staff members and 40 residents.

For any confirmed reports of COVID-19, Human Resources personnel contact any individuals identified as having had close contact with infected persons at the workplace and potentially been exposed to the virus. Deep cleaning of any affected areas is requested upon receipt of notice of a COVID-19 case in the workplace.

A total of 121 employees working under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge have tested positive for COVID-19, plus 5 judges. Please note that for cases in which an individual tested positive twice, that individual is only counted once in totals.


October 23, 2020

In the last four days, one judge and ten employees working under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge were confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19. 

The judge works in the Leighton Criminal Courthouse. Six of the employees work for the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Two employees work for the Adult Probation Department in the Skokie Courthouse. One employee works for Juvenile Probation in the Juvenile Center, while another works for the Adult Probation Office at the Criminal Court Administration building. 

Additionally, three JTDC residents have tested positive for COVID-19. 

Staff members and residents who were in direct conduct with individuals who have tested positive have been informed. The areas visited by infected individuals have been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. 

Visitors and staff members at court facilities are required to wear face coverings, and practice both social distancing and frequent handwashing. 

With this announcement, a total of 115 employees working under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge have tested positive for COVID-19, including 50 employed at the JTDC. Additionally, 5 judges and 36 JDTC residents have tested positive. 

Most JTDC residents who have tested positive have been asymptomatic. 
 

October 19, 2020

In the past four days, a total of eight employees who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge were reported to have tested positive for COVID-19. 

Five employees work at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, while two work for the Juvenile Probation Department. An eighth employee works for Family Mediation Services at the 69 W. Washington Street office. 

Additionally, a judge in the Bridgeview Courthouse and a JTDC resident who visited the Rolling Meadows Courthouse last week have tested positive. 

All  areas with which the infected employees, judge and JTDC resident had contact have been or will be thoroughly cleaned. The Family Mediation Services employee had not been at the office since March, so no additional cleaning was needed in this situation. 

With today’s announcement, a total of 105 employees who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge have tested positive for COVID-19, including 44 who work at the JTDC. Additionally, 4 judges and 33 Juvenile Temporary Detention Center residents have tested positive. 
 

October 15, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that six employees were reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past six days, including five from the Juvenile Center.

Two employees work for the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. A third employee works for the Office of the Public Guardian in the Juvenile Center. Two other employees work for the Juvenile Probation Department at the Juvenile Center.

All affected areas have been or will be thoroughly cleaned.

A sixth employee works as a law clerk in the Chancery Division at the Daley Center. This employee has not been in the building since March, and no additional cleaning is required.

With today’s announcement, a total of 97 employees who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge have tested positive for COVID-19, including 39 who work at the JTDC. Additionally, 4 judges and 32 JTDC residents have tested positive.

 

October 8, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that two Pretrial Officers in the Adult Probation Department have tested positive for COVID-19. One employee works at 26th Street on the lower level of the Criminal Court Administration Building. The other works at the Rolling Meadows Courthouse, Lower Level. 

With today’s announcement, a total of 91 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge. Additionally, 4 judges and 32 Juvenile Temporary Detention residents have tested positive.
 

October 6, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that an employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee works for the Office of the Public Guardian, Juvenile Division. The employee’s office and common areas used by the employee will be thoroughly cleaned.

A newly admitted resident of the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center also has tested positive for COVID-19. The resident was still in the intake process and had not yet been transferred to the general population.

With today’s announcement, a total of 89 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge, as well as 32 Juvenile Temporary Detention residents. Additionally, 4 judges have tested positive.
 

October 2, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that three employees were reported to have tested positive with COVID-19 this week. The first employee is with the staff of the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. The second employee is a probation officer who works on the lower level of the Criminal Court Administration Building. Third employee is with the Official Court Reporter’s Office, working at the Maywood Courthouse. 

With today’s announcement, a total of 88 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge, of which 37 work for the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Additionally, a total of 31 JTDC residents and 4 judges have tested positive. 

 

September 30, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that an employee of the Official Court Reporter’s Office, working at the Maywood Courthouse, has tested positive for COVID-19.

With today’s announcement, a total of 86 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge. This figure reflects an up-to-date calculation of total cases – a previously reported figure has been corrected. Additionally, 4 judges have tested positive. A total of 31 Juvenile Temporary Detention Center residents also have tested positive.
 

September 24, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that an employee of the Adult Probation office who works at the Markham Courthouse tested positive for COVID-19. The employee’s last date in the office was September 17, 2020. The employee worked on the first floor in Room 136.

With today’s announcement, a total of 86 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge. Additionally, 4 judges have tested positive. A total of 31 Juvenile Temporary Detention Center residents also have tested positive.

 

September 23, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that an employee of the Public Guardian’s office who works at the Juvenile Center has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee was last in the office on August 6.

With today’s announcement, a total of 85 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge, of which 36 work for the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Additionally, a total of 31 JTDC residents and 4 judges have tested positive.
 

September 21, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced on Monday that an employee with the Social Services Department who works in the Criminal Court Administration Building has tested positive for COVID-19. Also today, the Office of the Chief Judge announced that a resident of the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center had tested positive.

With today’s announcements, a total of 84 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge, of which 36 work for the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Additionally, a total of 31 JTDC residents and 4 judges have tested positive.

 

September 17, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced today that an employee and two residents with the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center have tested positive for COVID-19.

With today’s announcement, a total of 83 employees have tested positive for COVID-19

who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge, of which 36 work for the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Additionally, a total of 30 JTDC residents and four judges have tested positive.
 

September 10, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that an employee with the Official Court Reporters’ Office, working at the Maywood Courthouse, tested positive for COVID-19.

With today’s announcement, a total of 82 employees have tested positive for COVID-19

who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge, of which 35 work for the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Additionally, a total of 28 JTDC residents and four judges have tested positive.

 

September 8, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that an employee with the Juvenile Probation Department was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19. The employee was working in the electronic monitoring unit on the concourse level of the juvenile court complex.

With today’s announcement, a total of 81 employees have tested positive for COVID-19

who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge, of which 35 work for the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Additionally, a total of 28 JTDC residents and four judges have tested positive.
 

September 3, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that an employee with the Adult Probation Department at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, second floor level, was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19.

With today’s announcement, a total of 80 employees have tested positive for COVID-19

who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge, of which 35 work for Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Additionally, a total of 28 JTDC residents and four judges have tested positive.
 

September 1, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that six employees were reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 this week. Four employees work at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, while a fifth employee works for the Adult Probation Department in the Bridgeview Courthouse. A sixth employee works for the Office of the Chief Judge at the Daley Center.

With today’s announcement, a total of 79 employees have tested positive for COVID-19

who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge, of which 35 work for JTDC.  Additionally, a total of 28 JTDC residents and four judges have tested positive.
 

August 21, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that two employees were reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week. One employee works at the Markham Courthouse; the other works for the Public Guardian’s office at the 69 W. Washington Street location.

In addition, one judge assigned to the First Municipal District also has tested positive.

With today’s announcement, a total of 73 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge, of which 31 work for JTDC.  Additionally, a total of 28 JTDC residents and four judges have tested positive.

 

August 14, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that seven employees were reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week. Three of the employees work at the Juvenile Center -- one in a courtroom and the other two for the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. A fourth employee works at the Bridgeview Courthouse, a fifth at the Rolling Meadows Courthouse and a sixth at the Markham Courthouse. The seventh employee works for the Public Guardian’s office at the 69 W. Washington Street location.

In addition, one judge assigned to the Juvenile Justice Division also has tested positive.

With today’s announcement, a total of 71 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge, of which 31 work for JTDC.  Additionally, a total of 28 JTDC residents and three judges have tested positive.

 

August 7, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that five employees were reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week.

One employee works in the Office of the Public Guardian at the Cook County Juvenile Center. A second employee works at the Domestic Violence Courthouse. Two more employees, one with the Social Service Department and the other with the Official Court Reporters, work at the Leighton Criminal Court Administration Building. A fifth employee works at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.

Additionally, a resident at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center also has tested positive.

With today’s announcement, there are a total of 64 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge, of which 29 work for JTDC. A total of 28 JTDC residents have tested positive.
 

July 31, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that five employees were reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last two weeks.

Two employees work at the Markham Courthouse. A third employee works for Juvenile Probation, at the Cook County Juvenile Court. Two more employees work for the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.

In addition to the staff members, two JTDC residents also have tested positive.

With today’s announcement, there are a total of 59 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge, of which 28 work for JTDC. A total of 27 JTDC residents have tested positive.


July 24, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that two employees were reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week.

One employee works at the Markham Courthouse. A second employee works for the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.

With today’s announcement, there are a total of 56 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge, of which 27 work for JTDC. A total of 25 JTDC residents also have tested positive.
 

July 17, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that three employees were reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week.

One employee works for the Adult Probation Department at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse. A second employee works for the Bridgeview Courthouse. A third employee works for the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.

With today’s announcement, there are a total of 54 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge, of which 26 work for JTDC. A total of 25 JTDC residents also have tested positive.
 

July 10, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced five new cases of employees and four new cases of Juvenile Temporary Detention Center residents who were reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two weeks.

One employee works for the Social Service Department at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse. Two employees work for the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. A fourth employee works at the Domestic Violence Courthouse, while a fifth employee works for the Markham Courthouse.

Of the four JTDC residents who have tested positive, one has been already released and the other three are in medical isolation. One of the four positive cases came from the general population of JTDC and is not a new admission to the facility.

With today’s announcement, there are a total of 51 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge, of which 25 work for JTDC. A total of 25 JTDC residents also have tested positive.
 

June 26, 2020

More court proceedings to resume July 6

Jury trials remain postponed in criminal and civil cases

The Circuit Court of Cook County will begin conducting more court proceedings on July 6, with most matters to continue to be held remotely via videoconference, under an order entered today by Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans.

“As we continue to navigate these times, the court will allow access to justice to the extent we safely can,” Chief Judge Evans said. “We will continue to hold many hearings via videoconference, and we remain committed to ongoing efforts to protect the health of everybody in our system of justice.”

Anybody seeking information about when they need to attend court should visit the website of the Clerk of the Circuit Court – www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org – for details on how to receive court dates via email and text message. Information is also available by calling 312-603-5030.

No jury trials in criminal and civil proceedings will proceed until further order. No members of the public will be called to jury duty until a future date. Grand jury proceedings will continue to be held.

No cases that only involve traffic tickets or misdemeanor charges will be heard in person until further order. Nobody should attend court in person if they have a traffic or misdemeanor matter. These matters will be held via videoconference, and parties will be notified by mail of their next court date.

Since March 17, judges have been hearing matters deemed emergencies in criminal and civil cases, and many matters have been conducted via videoconference. On July 6, the court will begin to conduct more proceedings that do not require jurors.

In criminal cases, defendants who plead guilty may proceed to a sentencing hearing. Defendants who plead not guilty and opt for a bench trial, in which only a judge determines whether a conviction is entered, may proceed to trial in person or, if the parties agree, via videoconference.

Misdemeanor and felony bail hearings and reviews of bail determinations will continue to be held via videoconference.

In civil cases, matters may proceed except for jury trials. However, matters involving evictions will not be heard through July 31 and until further order. Eviction matters may proceed if there are allegations involving the health and safety of other tenants; an immediate and severe risk to property; or a violation of any applicable building code, health ordinance or similar regulation. In mortgage-foreclosure matters, no final judgments and executions of judgments shall be entered before July 31.

In courthouses and courtrooms, everybody is required to wear a facial covering and maintain physical distancing. Temperature checks will be conducted, and nobody will be permitted to enter a courthouse with a temperature of 100.4 or higher. People traveling to court should plan on allowing additional time for entry into the building. Courtrooms will be equipped with plexiglass barriers on the bench and decals indicating where individuals should stand and sit. Courthouses will have signs describing and directing physical distancing.
 

June 26, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced two new cases of employees and two new cases of Juvenile Temporary Detention Center residents who tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

One employee works for the Adult Probation Department at 69 W. Washington St. The other employee works for Juvenile Probation and Court Services at the Skokie courthouse.

The JTDC residents tested positive under current protocol in which all new admissions remain in an area separate from the general population for 14 days. The residents did not enter the general population, and one has been released from detention.

With today’s announcement, there are a total of 46 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge. Twenty-one JTDC residents have tested positive.
 

June 19, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced one new case of an employee who tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

The employee works for the Adult Probation Department at the Leighton Criminal Court Building. With today’s announcement, there are a total of 44 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge.
 

June 12, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced one new case of an employee and one new case of a Juvenile Temporary Detention Center resident testing positive for COVID-19 this week.

The employee works for the Social Service Department at the Bridgeview and Markham courthouses. The JTDC resident tested positive under current protocol in which all new admissions remain in an area separate from the general population for 14 days. The resident did not enter the general population.

With today’s announcement, there are a total of 43 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge. Nineteen JTDC residents have tested positive.
 

June 5, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced one new case of a Juvenile Temporary Detention Center employee and two new cases of JTDC residents who tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

The two residents tested positive under current protocol in which all new admissions remain in an area separate from the general population for 14 days. Neither resident entered the general population, and one of the residents has been released from custody. JTDC employees who test positive must be medically cleared before returning to work.

At the JTDC, 18 residents and 22 employees have tested positive for COVID-19. With today’s announcement, there are a total of 42 employees who have tested positive who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge.
 

May 29, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced today two cases of employees who tested positive for COVID-19.

One employee works for the Official Court Reporters and last reported to work in an office at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Wednesday. The other employee works for the Adult Probation Department and has not reported to the Leighton Criminal Court Building since March 17.

With today’s announcement, there are a total of 41 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge.
 

May 28, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that the following individuals have tested positive for COVID-19: two judges assigned to the 5th Municipal District in Bridgeview, one Adult Probation Department employee assigned to the 2nd Municipal District in Skokie and two Juvenile Temporary Detention Center residents.

With today’s announcement, there are a total of 39 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge. Sixteen JTDC residents have tested positive.
 

May 27, 2020

Discussions continue on the upcoming phases of operation in the Circuit Court of Cook County. The court is currently operating on its modified schedule through May 31. The court continues to monitor the pandemic and is mindful that the pandemic is not expected to peak until mid-June.

On Thursday, Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans will enter an order that essentially extends his current order to July 6 or until further order of court, meaning the date could be earlier than July 6. On June 1, emergency matters will continue to be heard in civil and criminal cases. Since the modified court operations began on March 17, judges have heard more than 111,000 criminal matters either in person or via videoconference. The number of hearings in civil cases is still being compiled.

Chief Judge Evans considered entering an order to resume more court proceedings on June 15. But he decided to extend the date to July 6 to allow enough time for all justice system stakeholders to ensure that more proceedings will be conducted in a way that protects everybody. These conditions have not been finalized, but they will be consistent with best practices involving face coverings, physical distancing, room capacity limits and flexibility for those who cannot attend court due to illness or exposure to illness.

Chief Judge Evans is asking judges to review pending cases with attorneys via telephone or videoconference to determine when cases can be scheduled on or after July 6.

In addition, the court is seeking additional Zoom licenses, so that more proceedings may be conducted via videoconference and livestreamed via the court’s YouTube channel. The court currently has 50 Zoom licenses and is awaiting the result of contractual negotiations between the county and Zoom to secure 350 more Zoom licenses.

The court will continue to monitor the pandemic and make additional announcements as needed.

 

May 22, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced eight new cases of employees and eight new cases of Juvenile Temporary Detention Center residents who tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

Six employees work at the JTDC and one works for the Social Service Department at the Bridgeview courthouse. Another employee works for the Adult Probation Department and has not reported to an office since March 26.

Five of the JTDC residents lived in the same housing pod, and these are the first positive tests in the JTDC general population. There were five other residents who lived in that housing pod, and their tests were negative.

In addition, three JTDC residents tested positive under current protocol in which all new admissions remain in an area separate from the general population for 14 days. One of the residents has been released from custody. One of the other positive test results arrived after the resident was released from custody within 24 hours. The juvenile and the juvenile’s parents were notified of the test result and were provided directions on how to care for the juvenile.

Consistent with CDC guidelines, any JTDC resident who tests positive is placed in medical isolation for 14 days in the medical unit. At the JTDC, 21 employees and 14 residents have tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 381 tests have been administered to JTDC employees and 284 tests have been administered to JTDC residents. Any employee who tests positive must be medically cleared before returning to work.

With today’s announcement, there are a total of 38 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge.

 

May 15, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced five new cases of employees who tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

The five employees work at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Four of the employees tested positive after receiving on-site tests that began last week for all employees at the JTDC. The four employees were not exhibiting signs of illness at the time of the test. For any employee who tests positive, they must be medically cleared to return to work. 

At the JTDC, six residents and 15 employees have tested positive for COVID-19. The six residents had not been admitted to the general population by the time of their positive test. There have been no positive tests of COVID-19 in the JTDC general population.

With today’s announcement, there are a total of 30 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge.

 

May 8, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced one new case of an employee testing positive for COVID-19 this week.

The employee works at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and last reported to work on May 1. In addition, the JTDC recorded a positive test for a newly admitted resident – and the result arrived after the resident was released from custody within 24 hours. The juvenile and the juvenile’s parents were notified of the test result and were provided directions on how to care for the juvenile.

At the JTDC, six residents and 10 employees have tested positive for COVID-19. The six residents had not been admitted to the general population by the time of their positive test. There have been no positive tests of COVID-19 in the JTDC general population.

With today’s announcement, there are a total of 25 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge.
 

May 1, 2020

Chief Judge Evans extends modified court operations through May 31‚Äč

Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans today entered an order that extends the postponement of many criminal and civil cases in the Circuit Court of Cook County through May 31.

Today’s order amends Chief Judge Evans’ prior orders that similarly allowed emergency matters to proceed in the Circuit Court of Cook County and, most recently, postponed most cases through May 18.

The court will continue to monitor the pandemic and make more announcements as needed.
 

May 1, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced today one new case of an employee who tested positive for COVID-19. The employee works at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and last reported for work on March 31.

With today’s announcement, there are a total of 24 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge.

 

April 27, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced today that two Juvenile Temporary Detention Center residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

Neither resident is exhibiting signs of illness. They were tested under current protocol that requires all new JTDC admissions to be tested after their first court appearance and remain in an area separate from the general population for 14 days. Consistent with CDC guidelines, the two residents have been placed in medical isolation for 14 days in the medical unit.

At the JTDC, five residents and eight employees have tested positive for COVID-19. The five residents had not been admitted to the general population by the time of their positive test. There have been no positive tests of COVID-19 in the JTDC general population.

The 170 residents at the JTDC today is a decline from 210 on March 15. From March 16 through April 25, judges released 190 residents from the JTDC. In that same time period, 145 residents were admitted to the JTDC after arrest. In addition, judges have granted release to 10 of the 170 residents, but they remain in custody because they are awaiting residential placement by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

At the JTDC, surfaces in the facility are subject to routine cleanings and disinfection. Deep cleanings are also performed in areas as needed. Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative School is closed pursuant to the governor’s order. JTDC residents are learning via instructional packets provided by Chicago Public Schools. JTDC residents continue to participate in cognitive-behavioral therapy behavior management and exercise/recreation activities, and they may participate via video in programs that focus on health, music and artistic expression.

Family and special visits have been canceled, but residents are permitted to have videoconferences and phone calls with family members. Medical and mental health services continue to be provided. Juveniles appear in court remotely via video from the JTDC.

Social distancing is used during meals, schoolwork, television viewing, movement through the facility and outdoor recreation in the secure area whenever practicable. Staff are instructed to stay six feet from each other, and all employees are provided masks that they are required to wear during their time in the facility. Employees who work in areas with newly admitted residents are wearing N95 masks, eye protection, gloves and gowns. Employees exhibiting signs of illness are not permitted to work, and employees have been provided information regarding where, as first responders, they may receive COVID-19 tests.

Anybody who seeks to enter the JTDC receives a temperature check and answers screening questions to indicate potential exposure to COVID-19. Those who do not successfully complete the screening are not permitted to enter.

In addition, the Office of the Chief Judge announced two employees have tested positive for COVID-19. One employee works at the JTDC and has not been to the JTDC since April 10. One employee works for the Office of the Public Guardian and has not been to the office since April 3.

With today’s announcement, there are a total of 23 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge.

 

April 23, 2020

Following up on Tuesday’s communication regarding COVID-19 testing of certain residents of the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, healthcare professionals reported today that none of the 88 residents, who were selected for testing, tested positive. As a result, the healthcare professionals believe that the virus is not present in the facility’s general population.

To date, there have been no positive tests of COVID-19 in the JTDC general population. Under current protocol, all new JTDC admissions remain in an area separate from the general population for 14 days. All new admissions are tested for COVID-19. So far, three residents and seven employees have tested positive. The three residents had not been admitted to the general population by the time of their positive test. Residents selected for tests this week were either randomly selected or reside in an area where employees have worked before those employees tested positive and stopped reporting to work.

The 160 residents at the JTDC today is a decline from 212 on March 16. From March 16 through April 22, judges released 186 residents from the JTDC. In that same time period, 123 residents were admitted to the JTDC after arrest. In addition, judges have granted release to 10 of the 160 residents, but they remain in custody because they are awaiting residential placement by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

At the JTDC, surfaces in the facility are subject to routine cleanings and disinfection. Deep cleanings are also performed in areas as needed. Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative School is closed pursuant to the governor’s order. JTDC residents are learning via instructional packets provided by Chicago Public Schools. JTDC residents continue to participate in cognitive-behavioral therapy behavior management and exercise/recreation activities, and they may participate via video in programs that focus on music and artistic expression.

Family and special visits have been canceled, but residents are permitted to have videoconferences and phone calls with family members. Medical and mental health services continue to be provided. Juveniles appear in court remotely via video from the JTDC.

Social distancing is used during meals, schoolwork, television viewing, movement through the facility and outdoor recreation in the secure area whenever practicable. Staff are instructed to stay six feet from each other, and all employees are provided masks that they are required to wear during their time in the facility. Employees who work in areas with newly admitted residents are wearing N95 masks, eye protection, gloves and gowns. Employees exhibiting signs of illness are not permitted to work, and employees have been provided information regarding where, as first responders, they may receive COVID-19 tests.

Anybody who seeks to enter the JTDC receives a temperature check and answers screening questions to indicate potential exposure to COVID-19. Those who do not successfully complete the screening are not permitted to enter.

 

April 21, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced today two new cases of employees who tested positive for COVID-19. One employee works for the Office of the Public Guardian at the Juvenile Center and last reported for work on March 17. The other employee works for Juvenile Probation and Court Services at the Juvenile Center and last reported for work on March 16.

With today’s announcement, there are a total of 21 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge.

 

April 21, 2020

To protect the health of residents and staff at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, healthcare professionals will test more than 80 residents in the facility’s general population this week.

So far, there have been no positive tests of COVID-19 in the JTDC general population. It is anticipated that there will be residents in the general population who test positive. When the test results are available, the number of positive tests will be made public. In addition, more tests may be conducted because residents will be tested if they had close contact with a resident who tests positive.

Under current protocol, all new JTDC admissions remain in an area separate from the general population for 14 days. All new admissions are tested for COVID-19. So far, three residents and seven employees have tested positive. The three residents had not been admitted to the general population by the time of their positive test. Residents selected for this week’s tests have either been randomly selected or they reside in an area where employees have worked before those employees tested positive and stopped reporting to work.

All residents who test positive will live in an area separate from others for 14 days or until cleared by medical staff. Medical care and mental-health care are provided at any time of day.

The 161 residents at the JTDC today is a decline from 210 on March 15. From March 16 through April 20, judges released 178 residents from the JTDC. In that same time period, 120 residents were admitted to the JTDC after arrest. In addition, judges have granted release to 10 of the 161 residents, but they remain in custody because they are awaiting residential placement by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

At the JTDC, surfaces in the facility are subject to routine cleanings and disinfection. Deep cleanings are also performed in areas as needed. Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative School is closed pursuant to the governor’s order. JTDC residents are learning via instructional packets provided by Chicago Public Schools. JTDC residents continue to participate in cognitive-behavioral therapy behavior management and exercise/recreation activities, and they may participate via video in programs that focus on music and artistic expression.

Family and special visits have been canceled, but residents are permitted to have videoconferences and phone calls with family members. Medical and mental health services continue to be provided. Juveniles appear in court remotely via video from the JTDC.

Social distancing is used during meals, schoolwork, television viewing, movement through the facility and outdoor recreation in the secure area whenever practicable. Staff are instructed to stay six feet from each other, and all employees are provided masks that they are required to wear during their time in the facility. Employees who work in areas with newly admitted residents are wearing N95 masks, eye protection, gloves and gowns. Employees exhibiting signs of illness are not permitted to work, and employees have been provided information regarding where, as first responders, they may receive COVID-19 tests. Anybody who seeks to enter the JTDC receives a temperature check and answers screening questions to indicate potential exposure to COVID-19. Those who do not successfully complete the screening are not permitted to enter.

 

April 20, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced today one new case of an employee who tested positive for COVID-19. The employee works at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and last reported for work on April 17.

For any confirmed reports of COVID-19 involving employees, Human Resources personnel will contact any individuals identified as having contact with the employee at the workplace and potentially exposed to the virus. The areas where the employees work have received routine cleanings/disinfection, and deep cleanings for the areas are requested.

With today’s announcement, there are a total of 19 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge.

 

April 17, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced today one new case of an employee who tested positive for COVID-19. The employee works for the Adult Probation Department on the lower level at the Leighton Criminal Court Building and last reported for work on April 16.

For any confirmed reports of COVID-19 involving employees, Human Resources personnel will contact any individuals identified as having contact with the employee at the workplace and potentially exposed to the virus. The areas where the employees work have received routine cleanings/disinfection, and deep cleanings for the areas are requested.

With today’s announcement, there are a total of 18 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge.
 

April 15, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced today one new case of an employee who tested positive for COVID-19. The employee works for the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and last reported for work on April 8.

For any confirmed reports of COVID-19 involving employees, Human Resources personnel will contact any individuals identified as having contact with the employee at the workplace and potentially exposed to the virus. The areas where the employees work have received routine cleanings/disinfection, and deep cleanings for the areas are requested.

With today’s announcement, there are a total of 17 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge.

 

April 15, 2020

On March 30, Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans entered an order calling for court proceedings to be conducted via videoconferencing. The goal is to limit the number of individuals in Circuit Court of Cook County courtrooms during this time.

As part of a pilot project, the court is building capacity to livestream proceedings on YouTube. Courtrooms that are available for remote viewing will be added to the court’s website under the “Livestream” tab on the homepage.

Please note that any video recording, audio recording, photographing and/or reproducing of the livestream is strictly prohibited. The recording, publishing, broadcasting or other copying or transmission of courtroom proceedings by video, audio, still photography or any other means is strictly prohibited by Illinois Supreme Court Rule 68(A)(8) and is subject to the penalties for contempt of court.

Your cooperation is essential to allow the court to offer this service.

 

April 14, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced today that two Juvenile Temporary Detention Center residents and one employee have tested positive for COVID-19.

The residents were both admitted to the JTDC last week and are not exhibiting any signs of illness. They were tested under current protocol that requires COVID-19 testing of all new JTDC admissions who remain in the facility after their first court appearance. Neither resident entered the general population, and they will not enter the general population until cleared by medical staff. 

The employee last reported for work on April 10.

For any confirmed reports of COVID-19, Human Resources personnel will contact any individuals identified as having contact with the individual at the facility and potentially exposed to the virus. The areas have received routine cleanings/disinfection, and deep cleanings for the areas are requested.

With today’s announcement, there are a total of 16 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge.

At the JTDC, three residents and five employees have tested positive. There have been no positive tests among residents in the facility’s general population.

There are 158 residents at the JTDC today, a decline from 210 on March 15. From March 16 through April 13, judges released 162 residents from the JTDC. In that same time period, 102 residents were admitted to the JTDC after arrest. In addition, judges have granted release to nine of the 158 residents, but they remain in custody because they are awaiting residential placement by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

At the JTDC, Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative School is closed pursuant to the governor’s order. JTDC residents are learning via instructional packets provided by Chicago Public Schools. JTDC residents continue to participate in cognitive-behavioral therapy behavior management and exercise/recreation activities, and they may participate via video in programs that focus on music and artistic expression. Family and special visits have been canceled, but residents are permitted to have videoconferences and phone calls with family members.

Medical and mental health services continue to be provided. Increased cleaning and sanitation are being provided. Juveniles appear in court remotely via video from the JTDC.

Social distancing is used during meals, schoolwork, television viewings, movement through the facility and outdoor recreation in the secure area whenever practicable. Staff are instructed to stay six feet from each other, and all employees are provided masks that they are required to wear during their time in the facility. Employees who work in areas with newly admitted residents are wearing N95 masks, eye protection, gloves, gowns and shoe coverings.

 

April 13, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced today one new case of an employee who tested positive for COVID-19. The employee works for the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and last reported for work on April 7.

For any confirmed reports of COVID-19 involving employees, Human Resources personnel will contact any individuals identified as having contact with the employee at the workplace and potentially exposed to the virus. The areas where the employees work have received routine cleanings/disinfection, and deep cleanings for the areas are requested.

With today’s announcement, there are a total of 15 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge.

There are 156 residents at the JTDC today, a decline from 210 on March 15.
 

April 9, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced today one new case of an employee who tested positive for COVID-19. The employee works for the Official Court Reporters and last reported for work on Tuesday in an office at the Leighton Criminal Court Building. The employee also worked at the branch court at 3150 W. Flournoy St. on April 3, which was the last day that court location was open during the current modified court operations.

For any confirmed reports of COVID-19 involving employees, Human Resources personnel will contact any individuals identified as having contact with the employee at the workplace and potentially exposed to the virus. The areas where the employees work have received routine cleanings/disinfection, and deep cleanings for the areas are requested.

With today’s announcement, there are a total of 14 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge.
 

April 8, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced today one new case of an employee who tested positive for COVID-19. The employee works for the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and last reported for work on March 13. The employee was not permitted to return to work because the employee had a cough, and the employee has not returned to work. The employee was tested for COVID-19 on April 3, and the employee received the test results on Tuesday, April 7.

For any confirmed reports of COVID-19 involving employees, Human Resources personnel will contact any individuals identified as having contact with the employee at the workplace and potentially exposed to the virus. The areas where the employees work have received routine cleanings/disinfection, and deep cleanings for the areas are requested. With today’s announcement, there are a total of 13 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge.

In addition, following up on Monday’s announcement, the JTDC resident who tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, April 6 is doing well in recovery. The resident was admitted to the JTDC on March 30 but never entered the general population. Nine other residents – who were identified as having contact with the resident – were tested for COVID-19, and all test results were negative. There are 168 residents at the facility today, a decline from 210 on March 15.
 

April 7, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced today one new case of an employee who tested positive for COVID-19. The employee works for the Adult Probation Department at the Leighton Criminal Court Building and last reported for work on March 18. 

For any confirmed reports of COVID-19 involving employees, Human Resources personnel will contact any individuals identified as having contact with the employee at the workplace and potentially exposed to the virus. The areas where the employees work have received routine cleanings/disinfection, and deep cleanings for the areas are requested.

With today’s announcement, there are a total of 12 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge.

 

April 6, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County announced today that a resident of the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center has tested positive for COVID-19 and is recovering. The resident never entered the facility’s general population.
 
On March 30, the 16-year-old resident was admitted to the facility, but as is now standard procedure, the resident was kept in an area with all new residents who are regularly monitored by medical staff and must wait 14 days before they are transferred to the general population.

On Saturday, the resident had a fever and headache. The resident was moved to the facility’s medical unit, received a COVID-19 test on Sunday and received the result today. The resident no longer has a fever and is recovering in the medical unit, where the resident has a mask and is monitored by medical staff 24 hours a day. The resident’s parents have been notified, and the resident will remain in the medical unit until April 18.

The six other residents who had contact with the resident will be tested for COVID-19 and will not be admitted to the general population until April 18 at the earliest. All new JTDC admissions are screened for exposure to COVID-19. Any juvenile who indicates possible exposure to the virus or has a fever will receive medical attention and will not enter the facility until medical clearance is granted. In addition, new residents will now reside in a different area of the JTDC, and the previous space for new admissions has received a deep cleaning.

There are no employees currently working at the facility and no other JTDC residents with COVID-19 symptoms. For the month of March, judges released 190 juveniles from the facility, and there are 168 residents in the facility today. By comparison, there were 210 residents on March 15. 

Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans entered an order that postponed most court matters beginning on March 17. On March 16, the day before the order took effect, judges released 23 juveniles from custody – the largest one-day release total in the month of March.

At the JTDC, Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative School is closed pursuant to the governor’s order. JTDC residents are learning via instructional packets provided by Chicago Public Schools. JTDC residents continue to participate in cognitive-behavioral therapy behavior management and exercise/recreation activities, and they may participate via video in programs that focus on music and artistic expression. Family and special visits have been canceled, but residents are permitted more time for free phone calls. Medical and mental health services continue to be provided. Increased cleaning and sanitation is being provided. Juveniles appear in court remotely via video from the JTDC.

Social distancing is used during meal times, schoolwork, television viewings, movement through the facility and outdoor recreation in the secure area whenever practicable. Staff are instructed to stay six feet from each other and all employees are provided masks that they are required to wear during their time in the facility.

 

April 6, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced today two new cases of employees who tested positive for COVID-19. One employee works for Juvenile Probation and Court Services at the Juvenile Center and last reported for work on March 23. The other employee works at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, had no contact with any juvenile residents, and last reported for work on March 19.  

For any confirmed reports of COVID-19 involving employees, Human Resources personnel will contact any individuals identified as having contact with the employee at the workplace and potentially exposed to the virus. The areas where the employees work have received routine cleanings/disinfection, and deep cleanings for the areas are requested.

With today’s announcement, there are a total of 11 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge.

 

April 3, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced today two new cases of employees who tested positive for COVID-19. One employee works for the Social Service Department at the Rolling Meadows courthouse and last reported for work on March 31. The other employee works for Juvenile Probation and Court Services at the Juvenile Center and last reported for work on March 16.

For any confirmed reports of COVID-19 involving employees, Human Resources personnel will contact any individuals identified as having contact with the employee at the workplace and potentially exposed to the virus. The areas where the employees work have received routine cleanings/disinfection, and deep cleanings for the areas are requested.

With today’s announcement, there are a total of nine employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge.

 

April 2, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County announced today two instances involving individuals who tested positive for COVID-19.

The first matter involves an employee of the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center who had no contact with any juvenile resident of the facility. The second matter involves an individual who is not an employee of a department under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge, but the employee works in Courtroom 100 of the Leighton Criminal Court Building – commonly referred to as Central Bond Court.

The JTDC employee last reported for work on March 27 for an overnight shift when juvenile residents are in their individual single-occupancy bedrooms. The employee had contact with 14 staff members during the shift on March 27. The employee had no contact with any juvenile residents of the JTDC.

The JTDC currently has routine COVID-19 screening of anybody who enters the facility. Due to the screening protocol and guidance from the Office of the Chief Judge, the employee called into work before leaving home on March 28. On that phone call, the employee reported that the employee had contact with a relative who tested positive for COVID-19. The employee was informed not to come to work and did not come to work. The employee’s positive COVID-19 test was confirmed today. The JTDC has cleaned the employee’s office area and other areas where the employee was in the facility.

There are no employees currently working at the facility and no JTDC residents with COVID-19 symptoms. For the month of March, judges have released 190 juveniles from the facility, and there are 171 residents in the facility today. By comparison, there were 210 residents on March 15. 

Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans entered an order that postponed most court matters beginning on March 17. On March 16, the day before the order took effect, judges released 23 juveniles from custody – the largest one-day release total in the month of March.

“As we continue to navigate these trying times, the public should know that the leadership and staff at the JTDC are committed to protecting the children and the employees,” Chief Judge Evans said. “We will continue to take all necessary actions to keep the facility clean and safe.”

At the JTDC, Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative School is closed pursuant to the governor’s order. JTDC residents are learning via instructional packets provided by Chicago Public Schools. JTDC residents continue to participate in cognitive-behavioral therapy behavior management and exercise/recreation activities, and they may participate via video in programs that focus on music and artistic expression. Family and special visits have been canceled, but residents are permitted more time for free phone calls. Medical and mental health services continue to be provided. Increased cleaning and sanitation is being provided.

Social distancing is used during meal times, schoolwork, television viewings, movement through the facility and outdoor recreation in the secure area whenever practicable. Staff are instructed to stay six feet from each other and all employees are provided masks that they are required to wear during their time in the facility.

To provide further protection, all new JTDC admissions are screened for exposure to COVID-19. Any juvenile who indicates possible exposure to the virus or has a fever will receive medical attention and will not enter the facility until medical clearance is granted. On the first day of arrival at the facility, all residents who are medically cleared to enter are separated from the general population for 14 days and monitored regularly by medical staff.

Regarding the second unrelated matter announced today, the Office of the Chief Judge learned today that an employee of another public entity – who works in Courtroom 100 of the Leighton Criminal Court Building – has tested positive for COVID-19.

The individual was in the courtroom on March 19 and March 22 through March 26. On March 23, the court began operating all bail hearings via videoconferencing in which the defendant is not present in the courtroom but appears via video. The individual had no contact with members of the public in the courtroom on March 19 and 22. Starting on March 23 and since then, members of the public have been directed to the jury administration room to view bail hearings on a television screen.

The court has been using more videoconferencing every day to conduct court matters, which are limited to matters deemed an emergency under Chief Judge Evans’ order. On Monday, Chief Judge Evans amended the order to postpone most court matters until after May 18. The order indicates that any emergency matters heard during this time will be conducted via video systemwide no later than April 16. The order also requires that individuals in a courtroom stay more than six feet from each other and that there are no more than 10 people in a courtroom at one time.

For any confirmed reports of COVID-19 involving employees, Human Resources personnel will contact any individuals identified as having contact with the employee at the workplace and potentially exposed to the virus. The areas where the employees work have received routine cleanings/disinfection, and deep cleanings for the areas are requested.

With today’s announcement, there are a total of seven employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge.

 

April 1, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced today one new case of an employee who tested positive for COVID-19. The employee works for the Social Service Department on the lower level of the Daley Center and last reported for work on March 18.

For any confirmed reports of COVID-19 involving employees, Human Resources personnel will contact any individuals identified as having contact with the employee at the workplace and potentially exposed to the virus. The areas where the employees work have received routine cleanings/disinfection, and deep cleanings for the areas are requested.

With today’s announcement, there are a total of six employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge.

 

March 31, 2020 

The Office of the Chief Judge announced today one new case of an employee who tested positive for COVID-19. The employee works for the Adult Probation Department at the Leighton Criminal Court Building and last reported for work on March 17.

For any confirmed reports of COVID-19 involving employees, Human Resources personnel will contact any individuals identified as having contact with the employee at the workplace and potentially exposed to the virus. The areas where the employees work have received routine cleanings/disinfection, and deep cleanings for the areas are requested.

With today’s announcement, there are a total of five employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge.

 

March 30, 2020

Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans today entered an order that extends the postponement of many criminal and civil cases in the Circuit Court of Cook County through May 18.

The order also expands the use of videoconferencing for all court proceedings deemed necessary or emergencies during this time. The Office of the Chief Judge has been working with the justice system stakeholders – the sheriff, clerk, state’s attorney and public defender – on this increased use of video appearances.

Currently, all jail detainees with bail hearings at the Leighton Criminal Court Building appear in court via video. Video has also been used in several other areas of the court. The court anticipates more use of video every day, and all matters will be conducted via video no later than April 16.

Chief Judge Evans’ order also closes three court facilities from April 6 through May 18: the Chicago branch courts at 5555 W. Grand Ave., 727 E. 111th St. and 3150 W. Flournoy St. Any emergency matters in those cases will be heard at the Leighton Criminal Court Building.

“As we continue to monitor the spread of the coronavirus, these actions are needed to protect public health,” Chief Judge Evans said. “Our system of justice must continue to hear all necessary and urgent matters, and today’s order balances access to justice with the need for social distancing. I commend everybody in the justice system for carrying out their respective missions during this unprecedented time. Though the days ahead present more uncertainty than clarity, we will perform our respective duties safely and effectively.”

Chief Judge Evans considered closing the five suburban courthouses and consolidating all suburban matters into the Leighton Criminal Court Building. But after consulting with Dr. Emily Landon of the University of Chicago Medical Center and the Executive Committee of the court, it was determined that decentralized court operations are in everybody’s best interest to prevent an increased risk of spreading the coronavirus at one centralized location.

Today’s order amends Chief Judge Evans’ March 13 order that similarly allowed emergency matters to proceed in the Circuit Court of Cook County and postponed most cases until April 16. Chief Judge Evans’ new order continues his prior moratorium on evictions or foreclosures, and none will be allowed during this time.

Just like the order entered on March 13, today’s order means that no jury trials in criminal or civil matters would begin until after May 18. Individuals who have been summoned to jury duty through May 18 should not report for jury duty. They will receive a new date for service.

The court will continue to monitor the pandemic and make more announcements as needed.

 

March 30, 2020

The Office of the Chief Judge announced today one new case of an employee who tested positive for COVID-19. The employee works for the Adult Probation Department at the branch court at 3150 W. Flournoy St. and last reported for work on March 19.

For any confirmed reports of COVID-19 involving employees, Human Resources personnel will contact any individuals identified as having contact with the employee at the workplace and potentially exposed to the virus. The areas where the employees work have received routine cleanings/disinfection, and deep cleanings for the areas are requested.

With today’s announcement, there are a total of four employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge.

 

March 26, 2020
 

The Office of the Chief Judge announced today one new case of an employee who tested positive for COVID-19. The employee works for the Adult Probation Department on the lower level of the Leighton Criminal Court Building and last reported for work on March 16. The employee reported being asymptomatic while at work.


For any confirmed reports of COVID-19 involving employees, Human Resources personnel will contact any individuals identified as having contact with the employee at the workplace and potentially exposed to the virus. The areas where the employees work have received routine cleanings/disinfection, and deep cleanings for the areas are requested.


With today’s announcement, there are a total of three employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 who work under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Judge.

 

March 25, 2020

 

The Office of the Chief Judge announced today that two employees have tested positive for COVID-19. The employees – an Adult Probation Department employee working on the lower level of the Leighton Criminal Court Building and an Office of the Chief Judge employee working on the 23rd floor of the Daley Center – last reported for work on March 13.
 
Human Resources personnel communicated with both employees to determine who they came into contact with while they were at work prior to receiving their diagnosis. Both employees reported that they were asymptomatic while at work. For any confirmed reports of COVID-19 involving employees, Human Resources personnel will contact any individuals identified as having contact with the employee at the workplace and potentially exposed to the virus.
 
The areas where the two employees work have received routine cleanings/disinfection, and a deep cleaning for the areas has been requested. 
 

 

March 21, 2020

 

Bail reviews during the COVID-19 epidemic

 
The Circuit Court of Cook County, under the direction of Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans, has taken a series of actions since March 13 to ensure that the court operates to hear all emergency matters, including requests for bail review that balance the rights of the accused and public safety.
 
As announced on March 13, Chief Judge Evans entered an order that limited court operations to emergency matters effective March 17.
 
The order ensures that bail reviews for pretrial defendants in Cook County Jail will continue to be conducted during these limited court operations. After an arrest and initial bail hearing that results in a defendant being held in custody, a defendant has the right to ask a judge to review the bail in an effort to secure release from jail while the criminal case is pending.
 
Every day this week, judges conducted bail reviews throughout the county and released pretrial defendants, when appropriate, pursuant to agreement of the offices of the state’s attorney and defense counsel. Judges also denied requests for release when the defendant was considered to present a threat to public safety.
 
Moving forward, judges will continue to be available every day, including weekends, and will hear all requests for bail reviews. To expedite the review of these cases and to help promote social distancing, defense counsel may waive the defendant’s appearance in court.
 
“We stand ready to handle these cases on an expedited basis so that judges may balance a defendant’s rights, public safety and public health,” Chief Judge Evans said.  “There is no precedent for the current situation in which the court is operating. I want the public to know that the judiciary is prepared to work with the other stakeholders in the justice system to conduct as many reviews of bail as they request. The judges of the Circuit Court of Cook County will continue to navigate every matter through the lens of what justice and Illinois law require.”
 
The Leighton Criminal Court Building and the six districts in the Circuit Court of Cook County are open for in-custody preliminary hearings, arraignments, initial bail hearings, bail reviews and emergency orders of protection. Emergency civil matters are also being conducted in the Daley Center.
 
At the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC), where juveniles await adjudication, there were 186 residents as of today and no positive tests for COVID-19. Reviews of detention have happened and can be had any day of the week, including weekends.
 
Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative School is closed pursuant to the governor’s order, and JTDC residents are learning via instructional packets provided by Chicago Public Schools. JTDC residents continue to participate in cognitive-behavioral therapy and exercise/recreation activities, and they may participate via video in programs offered by the Old Town School of Folk Music and Storycatchers Theatre. Family and special visits have been canceled, but residents are permitted more time for free phone calls. Medical and mental health services continue to be provided. Increased cleaning and sanitation is being provided.
 
To provide further protection, all new JTDC admissions are screened for exposure to the coronavirus. Any juvenile who indicates possible exposure to the virus or has a fever will receive medical attention.
 
For both adult and juvenile defendants, there are some individuals who have no place to stay if released, including those who would not be welcome to stay in their family homes. Chief Judge Evans is scheduled to talk to other Cook County stakeholders on Monday to begin discussions on finding a place to stay for those who would be eligible for release but have nowhere to live.
 
Courts remain open to hear any matters on an emergency basis, consistent with Chief Judge Evans’ order entered March 13 that postponed most matters in the Circuit Court of Cook County. For information on that order, visit:  http://www.cookcountycourt.org/MEDIA/ViewPressRelease/tabid/338/ArticleId/2736/Chief-Judge-Evans-postpones-most-cases-for-30-days-due-to-coronavirus.aspx

 

 

March 13, 2020

 

Chief Judge Evans postpones most cases

for 30 days due to coronavirus

 

Many criminal and civil cases in the Circuit Court of Cook County will be postponed for a 30-day period starting Tuesday (March 17) due to the spread of the coronavirus, Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans announced today.

Court operations will proceed as scheduled on Monday (March 16). The 30-day period runs from March 17 through April 15.

Chief Judge Evans took this action after consulting with the court’s 17 presiding judges, the county board president, state’s attorney, public defender, sheriff, clerk of the circuit court and representatives of local bar associations.

“We are modifying court operations to protect the public, court staff and the judiciary,” Chief Judge Evans said. “We will continue to identify the appropriate balance between allowing access to justice and minimizing the threat to public health. I am also asking everybody in the justice system to exercise patience and flexibility as we move forward in these unpredictable times. This is an unprecedented situation, and we may need to make more changes in the days ahead.”

No jury trials in criminal or civil matters will begin in the 30 days. Individuals who have been summoned to jury duty from March 17 through April 15 should not report for jury duty. They will receive a new date for service.

Grand jury proceedings will continue during the 30 days, and the proceedings may be held in courtrooms to provide more space and distance between people. Individuals who are currently serving in grand jury proceedings must report to court.

For all adult criminal cases, all trials and many hearings scheduled for the 30 days are postponed to a future date. Hearings that will proceed in the 30 days include bail hearings, arraignments and preliminary hearings. In addition, defendants may continue to enter into plea agreements to conclude their case. Any pretrial defendant may also request a bail review during this time.

In addition, for the 30 days, low-risk and medium-risk adults on probation do not need to meet with their probation officer in person. Probation officers have contacted clients to inform them that they will schedule meetings to be held either via video conferencing or phone conversation. Clients deemed high-risk will still be required to report to their probation officers in person.

All traffic and misdemeanor matters scheduled in the 30 days are postponed to a future date.

For delinquency and criminal proceedings involving juveniles, the only matters that will occur during the 30 days are demands for trial and detention hearings that determine if a juvenile is held in custody while the case is pending.

Judges will hear cases of child abuse or neglect in which the state seeks protective custody of a child, and judges will hear emergency motions in which children are allegedly abused in foster care.

For domestic violence matters, petitioners may seek orders of protection during the 30 days. Litigants may also seek an order of protection related to an existing civil domestic relations case (such as dissolution of marriage). Emergency petitions may also be filed in child-support matters.

For the 30-day period, all civil matters not deemed an emergency by party agreement are postponed to a future date. Emergency requests in civil matters will be permitted.

No orders for an eviction or foreclosure will be entered during the 30-day period.

Civil lawsuits may still be filed in person or via electronic filing.

For the 30 days, all courthouse Children’s Rooms will be closed. Individuals who have court business should not bring children to court.

After marriage ceremonies conclude Monday, March 16, judges will not perform marriage ceremonies during the 30-day period.

Though there will be fewer cases, all courthouses will remain open for the 30 days. Court employees who do not need to be in a courtroom or office will be encouraged to work remotely during this time.

In addition, the Circuit Court of Cook County is following the guidance of the Illinois Supreme Court, and signs will be posted at all courthouses to indicate that the following individuals should not enter any courthouse if they:

 

  • Have been in any of the following countries with the last 21 days: China, South Korea, Italy, Japan, Iran; or
  • Reside or have close contact with anyone who has been in one of those countries listed above within the last 21 days; or
  • Have been directed to quarantine, isolate or self-monitor at home for the coronavirus by any medical provider; or
  • Have been diagnosed with, or have had close contact with anyone diagnosed with, COVID-19; or
  • Have flu-like symptoms including fever, cough or shortness of breath.

 

Chief Judge Evans understands that one of these conditions may apply to a person who plans to attend a court hearing that is permitted during the 30-day period. He is following the guidance of the Illinois Supreme Court and asking the judiciary to make reasonable accommodations and reschedule matters for individuals who cannot enter a courthouse due to one of the aforementioned reasons.

Click here for a copy of General Administrative Order 2020-01

 

March 11, 2020

The Circuit Court of Cook County continues to monitor state and local responses to the coronavirus and will follow guidance provided by state and local public health agencies and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Hand-sanitizing dispensers have been installed at courthouses, and cleaning crews are conducting regular cleanings with an emphasis on first-touch areas such as doors knobs and areas inside elevators and restrooms.

All employees have been encouraged to get a flu shot; wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; stay home when sick; avoid close contact with people who are sick; and clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.

If you are summoned for jury service and are experiencing any acute respiratory illness symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, headaches), flu-like symptoms, have a fever, or are coughing or sneezing, please do not report for jury service. Instead, contact the jury office on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 312-603-5879 to reschedule your service to a later date, which is typically about three months later. These are standard procedures but especially important at this time.

In addition, courthouse tours scheduled in March at the Daley Center (six tours) and the Leighton Criminal Court Building (six tours) have been postponed. Two seminars for senior citizens scheduled to occur in the Daley Center in March – one regarding Medicare fraud and one regarding veterans benefits – have been postponed.

As more information becomes available or if there are changes to court operations, we will keep you posted.

 

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