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On January 12th, the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois issued Order 20-0012. This new Order supersedes General Order 20-0033. The order is in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Court has ordered that, while the Court will remain open, all in-person proceedings will be suspended until April 5, 2021. The Court finds that the health of those in attendance outweighs interests under the Speedy Trial Act. By extension, all civil hearings and bench trials will be conducted remotely.

Local Rules 5.2(f) and 5.3(b) have also been suspended. Local Rule 5.2(f) requires that paper copies of filings be presented to the judge, and Local Rule 5.3(b) requires that all motions be noticed for in-person presentment. Both have been suspended for the time being. The Court also suspended the prohibition against pro se parties emailing their filings to the Clerk’s Office. The email must be sent to: Temporary_E-Filing@ilnd.uscourts.gov. The Clerk’s Office will remain open during normal business hours by telephone and email. Public gatherings are suspended at the Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago and the Stanley J. Roszkowski U.S. Courthouse in Rockford.

To read the full order, click here.