Courts reduce operations for virus outbreak

MACOMB, Ill. (NEWS3) — The Illinois Ninth Circuit Courts announce what its plan is to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The Ninth Circuit Court includes the counties of Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Knox, McDonough and Warren.

Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit Court David Vancil said in a release, all courts in the district will immediately start to operate in a reduced capacity only performing only essential functions.

Vancil said the court plans to minimize contact to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The court has postponed the following procedures:

  • Civil matters, including jury trial
  • Traffic violations
  • Ordinance violations
  • Misdemeanor cases
  • Probate
  • Small Claims
  • Family Cases
  • Family Cases
  • Law magistrate
  • Juvenile Cases
  • Marriages
  • Criminal and Traffic reviews and status hearing
  • Tax cases

Vancil said each party will receive a notice in the mail upon rescheduling. Emergency matters may be scheduled on a case-by-case basis.

The following court proceedings will be held as scheduled:

  • All matters with individuals in-custody, including bond court
  • Criminal felony matters except probation and payment reviews
  • Juvenile temporary custody (shelter care)
  • Juvenile detention hearings
  • Petitions for Emergency Orders of Protection
  • Hearings for Plenary Orders of Protection
  • Emergency hearings on family matters (D and F cases) as scheduled by the Court
  • Any other emergency hearing as scheduled by the Judge assigned

It is requested that individuals should not enter the courthouse if they:

  • Have been in any of the following countries with the last 21 days: China, South Korea, Italy, Japan, Iran, or
  • Reside or have close contact with anyone who has been in one of those countries listed above within the last 21 days; or
  • Have been directed to quarantine, isolate or self-monitor at home for the coronavirus by any medical provider; or
  • Have been diagnosed with, or have had close contact with anyone diagnosed with, COVID—19; or Have flu-like symptoms including, fever, cough or shortness of breath

Vancil said attorneys or litigant that have a scheduled case or appointment in connection with a court case, but are unable to appear because of these restrictions, you are asked to contact the circuit clerk in the county where the case is.

The above restrictions are in effect indefinitely.