22nd Judicial Circuit - James S. Cowlin, Chief Circuit Judge
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Court Reestablishment Plan

The Court's plan for reestablishment can be found here: Court Reestablishment Plan. The press release for the plan can be found here: Court Reestablishment Plan Press Release. Chief Judge Cowlin's Administrative Order can be found here: Administrative Order 2020-11.

COVID-19 Response and Instructions


Civil, Family, and Juvenile Supplemental Standing Orders

The Civil Supplemental Standing Orders can be found below.

The Family Supplemental Standing Orders can be found below.

The Juvenile Division Supplemental Standing Orders can be found below. 

Standing Orders for the Civil Courtrooms can be found below.

Criminal and Traffic Supplemental Standing Orders

Standing Orders for the Criminal Courtrooms can be found below.

CourtCall Appearances

For those wishing to appear for Court telephonically, please schedule your CourtCall appearance by calling 1-888-882-6878, or by going to their website CourtCall.com.

Appearances must be scheduled 48 hours in advance.

Proposed Order Submissions

 The official guidelines for submitting proposed orders can be found below.


Mission Statement

Be the guardian of life, liberty and property to all seeking access to justice, by adhering to practices that ensure equality, fairness, and confidence in the judiciary.

Vision Statement

The 22nd Judicial Circuit envisions a court system that:

  • Guarantees the rights of due process to all;
  • Ensures that individual justice is done, in each case; and,
  • Promotes the prompt disposition of cases by using "best practices" case management techniques and technology as a means to better manage the court's caseload that is fiscally and systematically responsible.

About the Court

The Twenty-Second Circuit Court serves the County of McHenry which funds the majority of its operating and capital budgets. Located in northeastern Illinois, the court serves the sixth most populous county in the state, dubbed a "collar county" by virtue of the fact it borders the Chicago (Cook County) urban area. The 102 counties in Illinois are configured into 23 circuits. There are five single-county urban circuits, McHenry being one of them.

As with all circuit courts in Illinois, those in McHenry County are single-tiered, unified operations handling both general and limited jurisdiction matters. Eight elected circuit judges hear felony, major civil, family and juvenile cases. Ten appointed associate judges hear minor civil, traffic, protection orders, ordinance and misdemeanor matters.