On July 10, 2020, Chief Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois entered the Fifth Amended General Order (20-0012) regarding ongoing Court procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Order states that while the Court does remain open and accessible, certain limitations are present and must be adhered to.
For civil matters, case hearings, bench trials, and settlement conferences may be scheduled and conducted by the presiding judge by remote means. In-court hearings are specifically limited to urgent matters that cannot be conducted remotely.
The Order also notes that civil jury trials will not be conducted before August 3, 2020 and those jury trials scheduled to start prior to this date will be rescheduled by the presiding judge.
Finally, it is important to note that this Order does not extend any deadlines in civil cases. Click on the link provided to read the Order in its entirety.