Clerk Dorothy Brown Provides Host of Ways Public Can Get Next Court Date Info, In Light of Non-Emergency Court Hearings Being Rescheduled Until After July 6
- Monday, June 1, 2020
(Chicago) Hon. Dorothy Brown, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, IL, announced today that the Clerk’s Office is providing a number of ways for the public to obtain up-to-date court hearing dates and other court case information, following Chief Judge Timothy Evans’ May 28th General Administrative Order (GAO) that rescheduled and continued all non-emergency matters in all Cook County Circuit Court Districts and Divisions until after July 6. (See the GAO here.)
The Chief Judge has issued three GAOs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: the first one on March 13th postponed court hearings until after April 15th, the second one issued May 1st, rescheduled hearings until after May 31st, and the third was issued on May 28th, pushing most court hearing dates into the second week of July.
The Clerk’s Office normally mails postcard notifications to the public with court date information. But the increased rate of changes to court hearing dates necessitated that Clerk Brown develop more expedient ways for the Clerk’s Office to inform people of their rescheduled court dates.
Public Can Learn the Date of Rescheduled Court Hearings via Email, Mobile App, Telephone, Clerk’s Office Website
In an effort to provide varied channels for the public to get accurate court hearing dates, the Clerk’s Office has established specific email addresses and telephone numbers to use for requesting court dates for civil, traffic, and criminal cases; is promoting utilizing its FREE MOBILE APP, COURT CLERK MOBILE CONNECT, for obtaining civil case type information, including Domestic Relations, Probate, Chancery, Law, County, and Civil Divisions, and Suburban Districts or for Traffic cases; and providing instructions on how to search for civil case type information on the Clerk’s Office’s website, where one can search by name or case number for civil type cases, or by traffic ticket or driver’s license numbers for traffic cases.
The Clerk’s Office has a detailed message about these various ways to obtain next court dates displayed prominently at its website (www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org). (See Clerk’s Office website message.) The message contains links to contact information and instructional documents, as well as, downloading the Clerk’s Office’s mobile app.
The website message points out that telephone calls to the appropriate Clerk’s Office division/district for civil, traffic, and criminal cases, puts callers into a voice messaging system to obtain next court dates, and that users will need to enter their case numbers to get court dates. In addition, when utilizing the mobile app, individuals will have to enter case numbers or names for civil cases or ticket or driver’s license numbers for traffic cases.
It is further noted that Criminal case information is not on the website nor on the Mobile App. The message explains that defendants should contact their Public Defender or Private Attorney for their next court date, while attorneys should register to use the CCC Portal for Illinois Licensed Attorneys.
“It is vitally important to continue to provide convenient access to justice for the public under current COVID- 19 social-distancing restrictions,” Clerk Brown pointed out. “We want all court users to know that the Clerk’s Office is easily accessible online, by email, telephone and via our mobile app, to help them obtain information on their court cases and court hearing dates.”