As courts enter next phase, litigants are reminded to check first before going to a courthouse

Released On 07/02/2020

Starting on Monday, July 6, the Circuit Court of Cook County will resume in-person court proceedings, with the exception of jury trials. However, the circuit court will continue to hold hearings by videoconference whenever it is reasonably possible.


To avoid an unnecessary trip to the courthouse, all litigants should consult with their legal counsel or the Clerk of the Circuit Court for information about whether to appear in-person, or for instructions for participating in virtual court proceedings.


Those who do have to go to court in-person are reminded that a face covering is required in all courthouses. Anyone seeking to enter a courthouse without a face covering, or who fails a wellness screening administered at the courthouse, will be denied entry.


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


This document provides instructions on how litigants can get their court dates. The same document can be found on the website of the chief judge’s office.



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