Continuances for Traffic Cases

Continuances on traffic violations punishable by fine only are not routinely granted. Persons seeking a continuance should be aware of the following requirements and restrictions:

  • Requests for continuances by telephone or e-mail are not accepted.
  • Persons unable to attend court for any reason should retain an attorney or send a representative to court to request a continuance. Such requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Persons receiving a continuance will be notified by the Clerk of the Circuit Court by mail.

If a request for a continuance is not granted, the procedure outlined in the section entitled Failure to Appear in Court on Violations Punishable by Fines will be followed.

Persons also have the option of seeking a continuance by appearing on the motion call. The case will be called in court the same day the motion is scheduled and the person whose motion is being heard will have the option of requesting a continuance or pleading guilty and resolving the case.

Persons with tickets issued in Chicago who wish to have their case placed on the traffic court motion call should be aware of the following:

  • Requests for a motion can be made on any day up to and including the day before the court date.
  • Motions must be requested prior to 10:00 a.m. each weekday at the Special Services Desk of the Clerk of the Circuit Court's office located on the lower level of the Richard J. Daley Center, Room LL 01.
  • Motions are heard daily on Zoom at 9:00 a.m. for courtroom LL04.

Persons with tickets issued outside Chicago should write the courthouse in the district where the ticket was issued for further information about motion calls.