Court Response to Coronavirus
The 22nd Circuit Court will resume hearing court matters on June 1, 2020. To provide for the safety of Judicial Center staff, attorneys and court patrons, the following guidelines must be followed:
- BEFORE coming to the Michael J. Sullivan Judicial Center, check your court date and TIME on the Circuit Clerk's website, as many court dates and times have changed. https://caseinfo.mchenrycountyil.gov/pca
- Arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to your scheduled court time; leave the building promptly when finished.
- Only people necessary to the proceeding should come to court, leave family and friends at home
- Bring only your keys, photo ID, cash/credit card and court papers into the building. Only cell phones for court related purposes are permitted in the Judicial Center.
- Wearing masks or face coverings, and practicing social distancing are required in all areas of the Michael J. Sullivan Judicial Center.
Please do not attempt to enter the Judicial Center if you:
- Are experiencing fever, chills or other symptoms;
- Have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or live with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19;
- Have been exposed to COVID-19 or live with a person who has symptoms of COVID-19;
- Have been directed to quarantine, isolate or self-monitor at home by any medical provider;
If you are sick stay home. If you cannot come to court due to illness, please contact your attorney, or if you are self-represented call the Circuit Clerk's office at (815)334-4190.
Circuit Clerk's Office Online Services All Available
All Circuit Clerk online services are still available on the Circuit Clerk's website. Documents can be filed through our eFiling portal, but court dates will not be allowed to be scheduled in April unless it is for a mandated service. Traffic tickets can be paid, as well as payments on any other case type, electronic copies can be requested, case information can be searched. Go to www.mchenrycircuitclerk.org to connect to these online services.
Rather than waiting for a notice in the mail, please monitor your case's court date on our website at https://caseinfo.mchenrycountyil.gov/pca. Sign up for a free text and/or email Court Date Reminder at http://mchenrycourt.date/reminders.
Screening Procedures Implemented by McHenry County Sheriff for Courthouse Visitors
Effective June 1, 2020, masks or face coverings ARE REQUIRED for all parties entering the Courthouse. UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE THE ONLY ITEMS ALLOWED IN THE GOVERNMENT CENTER ARE AS FOLLOWS:
IN ADDITION TO ALL OTHER PROHIBITED ITEMS:
THE FOLLOWING WILL NOT BE ALLOWED INTO THE GOVERNMENT CENTER
PURSES, BACKPACKS, BAGS OF ANY KIND
FRIENDS OR FAMILY MEMBERS NOT CONDUCTING OFFICIAL BUSINESS (Please leave children & elderly at home when possible)
Exceptions will be made for Attorney’s entering the building on official business.
Circuit Clerk Looking to Lower No-Show Rate with Free Court Hearing Reminder Signup
WOODSTOCK, Ill. – If you have an upcoming court date in the 22nd Judicial Circuit, McHenry County offers free text and email reminders so you don’t forget.
Since going live in 2018, the service now has more than 3,700 signups, with about 200 reminder messages being sent daily. Circuit Clerk Katherine Keefe would like to see greater participation, in the hope of reducing the no-show rate for court hearings.
“We are always looking for ways to reduce our failure-to-appear rate by making people more aware of their scheduled court dates so they can avoid facing the consequences of missed court appearances,” Keefe said. “Court date reminders sent by text or email allow all parties to know their court appearance dates and make the court system run much smoother overall.”
The system sends out three messages for each court date at 6 a.m. two days prior, the day prior and the morning of the event. Each message includes the case number, as well as the time and room number of the event – the email version contains a link to the case on the circuit clerk’s Public Case Access website.
Anyone can sign up for reminders for any publicly available case that has not been impounded or sealed by a judge.
The reminder service was developed in-house by county IT staff, and did not come with any outside support cost.