CLINTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE COVID-19 RESPONSE
Beginning March 17 until at least Sunday, May 31, 2020, the Clinton County Courts of the Fourth Judicial Circuit will be operating at a reduced capacity performing only essential functions.
This response is out of an abundance of caution to the recent outbreak of COVID-19 in an attempt to reduce the possibility of spreading the disease. Kimberly G. Koester, chief judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit, signed the amended administrative order on Friday, May 8, 2020.
While keeping the courts available, all proceedings must be consistent with public safety as well as any further policy directives from federal, state and local public health advisories.
Until further notice, the following Clinton County cases and court proceedings will be continued to a different date to be determined by the court (the Circuit Clerk’s office will provide notice to all litigants of the dates their cases will be continued to):
- All jury trials;
- All Traffic (TR) and Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Cases;
- All Criminal Misdemeanor (CM) cases;
- All Ordinance (OV) cases;
- All Small Claims (SC) cases;
- All Family (F) and Divorce (D) court cases;
- All Child Support cases;
- All Law Magistrate (LM, L) cases;
- All Juvenile cases (except as outlined below);
- All Marriages;
- All Evictions will cease until the expiration of this Order.
The following court proceedings will be held as scheduled, with appearances expected for all litigants unless travel or health exemptions apply:
- All in-custody cases, including bond settings;
- All Criminal Felony (CF) cases with time constraints;
- All Juvenile Detention, Shelter Care hearings, and Permanency hearings;
- All hearings involving Emergency and Plenary Orders of Protection;
- Any other emergency-type hearing at the discretion of the Clinton County Resident Circuit Judge Stan Brandmeyer;
- All of the above hearings may be handled using remote video conferencing, if possible, and in compliance with Administrative Order 2020-11 which was entered on April 27, 2020. All in-custody hearings shall be conducted by remote video conferencing.
The Probation Departments, State’s Attorney offices and Public Defender offices will continue to meet the needs of their clients. In-person contacts will be reduced as determined by the Department Heads and the Resident Circuit Judge of each county in the Fourth Judicial Circuit.
The Resident Circuit Judges of each county in the Fourth Circuit are afforded discretion to handle issues not covered by this Order as he or she deems appropriate.
The Fourth Circuit will continue to provide a court reporter for any hearings that will occur per this Order.
An Order of the Illinois Supreme Court was entered on March 20, 2020, allowing the Chief Judge of each circuit to continue all trials, including in-custody trials, for the next 60 days and until further order of the Illinois Supreme Court without the continuance being attributable to the State or the Defendant for purposes of Section 103-5 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 (725 ILCS 5/103-5);
A subsequent Order of the Illinois Supreme Court was entered on April 3, 2020, allowing the Chief Judge of each circuit to continue all trials, including in-custody trials, until further order of the Illinois Supreme Court;
Therefore: all criminal jury trials in the Fourth Judicial Circuit are continued until June 15, 2020 or until further Order of the Illinois Supreme Court and the Fourth Judicial Circuit without this delay being attributed to the State or the Defendant.
Additionally, all civil jury trials currently scheduled in 2020 shall be vacated and are to be re-set to a date after January 1, 2021.
The Circuit Clerk will provide notice to all litigants of the dates their cases will be continued to.
No Persons shall be allowed access to the courthouses in the Fourth Judicial Circuit if:
a.) You have flu-like symptoms including fever, cough or shortness of breath;
b.) Been diagnosed with COVID 19 (or someone close to you has);
c.) Been directed to quarantine, isolate or self-monitor at home by any medical provider;
d.) Traveled within the last 21 days, to any country designated by the CDC as a high-risk location for COVID-19; or
e.) Had close contact with anyone who has traveled to any of these high risk locations.
Entered: May 8, 2020
If you are an attorney or litigant and have a scheduled case, appointment or are otherwise required to appear at the courthouse in connection with a court case, but are unable to appear because of virus restrictions, please contact the Clinton County Circuit Clerk’s office at (618) 594-6615.
ATTENTION PAY-OR-APPEAR LITIGANTS
Even though the Clinton County Courthouse has taken measures to temporarily reduce the number of individuals entering the courthouse to minimize the possible exposure or spread of the COVID-19 virus, that does NOT mean all Pay-or-Appear obligations have been suspended. Individuals who are on monthly payment plans are expected to continue making timely payments. Litigants have several options to pay online without having to enter the courthouse through the following links (Judici, GovPayNet). Payments can also be made through the mail with a money order or cashier’s check, and said payments can also be dropped off at the courthouse at the drop-box located near the courthouse entrance. If those means of payments are exhausted and have to be made in cash, please call Clinton County Circuit Clerk Rod Kloeckner at 594-0154 to make arrangements. Thanks for your cooperation during this unprecedented time.
Methods of Payment in Lieu of Coming Into the Courthouse
Please have your case number ready and available.
- Judici – judici.com, choose Clinton County in the dropdown menu, search for your name in the field “last name, first name”, choose the red “Pay Now” or for traffic tickets “Plea/Pay”;
- GOVPAYNET – govpaynow.com or call (888) 604-7888;
- They will ask you for a PLC # 4037;
- NO personal checks please;
- You can mail a money order or drop off cash (must be exact amount) in an envelope at our drop box located on the outside of the courthouse, just right of the entrance door. If you are dropping off cash, please do so during working hours of Monday thru Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm;
- Please make Money Order out to Circuit Clerk’s Office along with your name and case number;
- On outside of the envelope please note Circuit Clerk’s Office, name and case number.
If you have any questions, please call our office at (618) 594-6615 or visit our website at www.clintoncountycircuitclerk.com for additional payment information.
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The primary mission of the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Clinton County is to serve the citizens of Clinton County and the participants in the judicial system in a timely, proficient and ethical manner. All services, information and court records will be provided with the utmost courtesy and cost efficiency. My clerks are highly trained and will strive to assist you in a friendly, competent manner.
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