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

Virtual Courtroom Information

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In order to facilitate court activities the judges of the 22nd Judicial Circuit may host court proceedings in a virtual court room via Zoom or other platform.  Zoom is a video communications platform for video and audio conferencing.

Live Streaming of Virtual Courtrooms

 

VIRTUAL APPEARANCE OPTIONS

Below is a listing of courtrooms in the 22nd Circuit which offer some type of virtual appearance option for select appearances.

Courtroom 102 - Traffic - Judge Johnson

Link:    https://zoom.us/my/mchenrycourtroom102

Meeting ID:  890-297-5604

Personal Link Name:  mchenrycourtroom102 

Password:   no password required

Courtroom 103 - Small Claims - Judge Berg

Link:   https://zoom.us/my/mchenrycourtroom103

Meeting ID:  660-867-9031

Personal Link Name:  mchenrycourtroom103

Password:  no password required

Courtroom 201 - Civil - Judge Meyer

Virtual appearances available for some matters using "Court Call"

Courtroom 202 - Civil - Judge Chmiel

Virtual appearances available for some matters using "Court Call"

Courtroom 203 - Criminal - Judge Feetterer

Virtual appearances available for attorneys only using Zoom

Courtroom 204 - Civil - Judge Costello

Virtual appearances available for some matters using "Court Call"

Courtroom 303 - Misdemeanor - Judge Gerhardt

Virtual appearances available for attorneys only using Zoom

Courtroom 357 - Divorce/Family - Judge Zalud

Virtual appearances available for all matters except hearings or trials using Zoom

Link: https://zoom.us/my/mchenrycourtroom357

Meeting ID: 701-143-2980

Personal Link Name:  mchenrycourtroom357

Password:  no password required

Courtroom 359 - Divorce/Family - Judge Hansen

Virtual appearances available for all matters except hearings or trials using Zoom

Link:    https://zoom.us/my/mchenrycourtroom359

Meeting ID: 710-449-3254

Personal Link Name:  mchenrycourtroom359

Password:  no password required

Courtroom 360 - Divorce/Family - Judge Hirsch

Virtual appearances available for all matters except hearings or trials using Zoom

Link: https://zoom.us/my/mchenrycourtroom360

Meeting ID: 239-463-6456

Personal Link Name:  mchenrycourtroom360

Password: no password required

Courtroom 361 - Divorce/Family - Judge Facchini

Virtual appearances available for all matters except hearings or trials using Zoom

Link:  https://zoom.us/my/mchenrycourtroom361

Meeting ID: 941-899-6821

Personal Link  Name:  mchenrycourtroom361

Password: no password required 

 

REMOTE COURT APPEARANCE INSTRUCTIONS

Follow the steps listed below to prepare for a remote court appearance.  Start this process BEFORE your scheduled court appearance time to make sure you are in the virtual "waiting room" by the time court begins. 

1. If you already have a Zoom account go directly to the above links to join the courtroom "meeting."

2. If you do not have a Zoom account you can download the free Zoom app to your cell phone by going to the App Store and searching for Zoom.  Or create a new account by going to Zoom.us.  Click the SIGN UP, IT'S FREE button and follow the instructions to sign up for a free Zoom account.

3. Once Zoom opens, select the JOIN button on your cell phone, or the JOIN A MEETING link on your computer. Be sure the Zoom screen name being displayed is your legal name so you are recognized by the Court.

4. A message box will appear asking for a Meeting ID or Personal Link Name.  The Meeting ID is specific to the courtroom (see below). No password is required. Click the JOIN button.

5. Screen should now show your face and you must select JOIN WITH VIDEO.  You may also need to select JOIN WITH    COMPUTER AUDIO, or if using a cell phone select CALL USING INTERNET AUDIO.

6. Once the host starts the "meeting," participants will initially be placed in a virtual "waiting room" pending admittance into the virtual "courtroom" by the Court.

7. Be sure your screen name being displayed in the "waiting room" is your legal name. 

8. Once you are admitted to the "courtroom" your audio will be muted until the judge calls your case.  When your case is called, your audio will be unmuted by the Court.

 

REMOTE COURT APPEARANCE TIPS

  • Dress appropriately, as if you were coming to the Courthouse
  • Make sure you are in a QUIET location
  • Make sure  your background is court appropriate