Katherine M. Keefe - McHenry County Circuit Clerk, 22nd Judicial Circuit

Appearing in Traffic Court

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Courtrooms; Court Schedule Board

If you are required, or wish to appear in court for your ticket, you should carefully check the bottom of the ticket for the date, time and location you are scheduled to appear. If you cannot read the date and/or time, please call the Traffic Division at (815) 334-4190 to confirm when and where you are scheduled. When you arrive at the Government Center, find your name on the Court Monitors to check your courtroom assignment. The Court Monitors are located to the right of the metal detectors at the front doors of the Government Center. These monitors alphabetically list all parties scheduled to appear in court that day. Once you find your name, your scheduled courtroom will be listed next to it.

You should arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled start time for court (8:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.) and check in with the court clerks seated at the front of the courtroom. If you are late, have a seat in the courtroom and check in with the clerks when the Judge takes a recess. If you plead guilty or are found guilty, payment of your fines and fees is due in full that day. If you cannot pay your fines and fees in full on the day of sentencing, you will be required to set up a payment plan for completing your sentence. This payment plan will be set up at the payment windows in Room 136. Per Illinois Supreme Court Rule 555, your driver’s license or bond card will not be returned to you until your fines and fees are paid in full.

If you are found guilty in court, the judge will set your fine, but your court costs are determined by state law, with some amounts being set locally by the County Board. Effective July 1, 2019, court costs are determined by the schedules set for in the Criminal and Traffic Assessment Act.  Minor Traffic offenses will have $226.00 (schedule 10) in court costs assessed in addition to the fine.  Major Traffic offenses will have $325.00 (schedule 9) in court costs in addition to the court ordered fine.  Neither the Judge nor the Circuit Clerk's office has any control over the amount of court costs.