Actions Taken by the District Court
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois originally extended all deadlines, whether set by the court or otherwise, by 21 days. On March 30, an amended general order extended these deadlines an additional 28 days. Civil case hearings, trials, and settlement conferences scheduled on or before May 1, 2020 are stricken and will be re-set by the presiding judge to a date on or after May 4, 2020. Jury trials set on or before May 29, 2020 will be re-set by the presiding judge to on or after June 1, 2020. Courtesy copy requirements have been suspended, as has the local rule requiring motions to be noticed for presentment.
It is important to note that this does not affect the rights to or deadlines concerning appeals. As a result, parties looking to appeal a decision must still meet any current deadlines, and can request one extension of time to appeal under Appellate Rule 4(a)(5)(A).
For emergency relief from this order, parties must file a motion in Case No. 20-cv-01792, a docket specifically created to receive emergency motions. During regular business hours, Parties must email firstname.lastname@example.org with a message describing the emergency, and after hours parties must call 312.702.8875 and leave a message.
The District Court will either vacate, amend, or extend its General Order no later than April 24, 2020.
What Does that Mean for My Case?
All hearings in civil matters scheduled to occur between March 17, 2020 and May 1, 2020 have been stricken and will be rescheduled at a later date. In addition, since all deadlines have been extended by 49 days, a filing or discovery response that was due on March 17, 2020 is now due on May 1, 2020. If the new deadline falls on a weekend, it will be pushed to the following business day. The underlying litigation will, thus, continue. Judges may continue to enter orders in any case.
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