Court Response to Coronavirus
On March 17th the Illinois Supreme Court ordered all Illinois courts to scale back operations to essential mandated services only. The McHenry County Courthouse is closed to all parties except those appearing on what is considered an essential mandated service.
The court continues to hold hearings on the following matters:
- Emergency Petitions for Orders of Protection, Stalking, No Contact and subsequent hearings;
- Emergency Petitions for Civil No Contact, and Petitions for Firearm Surrender Order and subsequent hearings;
- Detention hearings for juveniles who are detained;
- Shelter care hearings for juveniles who may have been abused or neglected;
- Summary Suspension Hearings;
- Criminal matters related to the setting and modification of bond;
- Criminal trials with speedy trial demands; and
- Mental health hearings for involuntary commitment or treatment.
Please do not attempt to enter the Courthouse if you have:
- Flu-like symptoms including fever, cough or shortness of breath;
- Been diagnosed with COVID 19 (or someone close to you has);
- Been directed to quarantine, isolate or self-monitor at home by any medical provider;
- Traveled, within the last 21 days, to any country designated by the CDC as a high-risk locations for COVID-19; or
- Had close contact with anyone who has traveled to any of these high risk locations.
All other cases scheduled through Friday, May 1, 2020, will be continued into May, June and July. As the Circuit Clerk’s office works through these continuances, rescheduled dates will be made available on the Circuit Clerk’s website at www.mchenrycircuitclerk.org. All case parties will receive a mailed notice of the rescheduled date. Please keep checking the Circuit Clerk’s website to obtain your new court date.
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 https://mchenrycourt.date/reminders.
Temporary Screening Procedures Implemented by McHenry County Sheriff for "Essential Mandated Services" Courthouse Visitors
Effective March 18, 2020, 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
ADULT FRIENDS OR FAMILY MEMBERS NOT CONDUCTING OFFICIAL BUSINESS
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.