Actions Taken by the Circuit Court of Cook County
As of April 8, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Circuit Court of Cook County has announced that most civil and criminal hearings scheduled to occur between March 17, 2020 and May 18, 2020 (“Interim Period”) will be postponed. Any matters originally scheduled between March 17, 2020 and April 16, 2020 will be postponed for 60 days. Any matters scheduled between April 17, 2020 to May 18, 2020 will be postponed for 30 days. No jury trials will begin during this Interim Period. All civil matters not deemed an emergency by party agreement are postponed to a future date, while emergency matters in civil matters will be permitted, either in-person or via video or teleconference.
Mortgage Foreclosure and Evictions
There is a moratorium on final judgments and executions of judgments in mortgage foreclosure proceedings. In addition, the Sheriff of Cook County will cease the execution of eviction orders relating to residential real estate effective March 14, 2020. The Sheriff will resume execution of said orders on May 18, 2020.
What Does that Mean for My Case?
For most civil cases, status hearings that were to occur between March 17, 2020 and May 18, 2020 will be pushed. Thus, if a status hearing was supposed to occur on March 19, 2020, it will now likely occur on May 18, 2020. If the make-up date falls on a weekend, it will be pushed to the following business day. The underlying litigation will, however, continue. Motions and responses may still be drafted and filed, and discovery will continue.
For mortgage foreclosure cases, any mortgage foreclosure cases that have reached the final judgment phase will be delayed until after May 18, 2020.
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