The 10th Judicial Circuit Court can conduct court proceedings remotely (virtually) via Zoom, at the discretion of each judge. All participants including an interpreter, if necessary, can attend certain hearings without physically appearing in the courthouse. Zoom conferences are hosted by the judiciary and attendees do not need a Zoom account to participate. There is no charge to the attendees.
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the usage of remote court proceedings. While the courthouse is restricted to public access until further notice, remote hearing notices are being mailed for court proceedings eligible for a Zoom meeting. These notices will contain all instructions necessary to join the Zoom meeting at the specified time. Click here for an example of a Remote Hearing Notice.
You are responsible for ensuring your client receives the Zoom meeting instructions and appears via Zoom, if the hearing has been scheduled to be held remotely.
Click on the Zoom logo above to JOIN A MEETING by video or call 1-312-626-6799. Type or enter in the Meeting ID that is listed on your Remote Hearing Notice. If able to enter your "screen" name, please enter your first and last name so you can be easily identified. You’ll then be prompted to enter the meeting password that also is on the Remote Hearing Notice. If you don’t know your meeting ID or password, contact the Circuit Clerk’s office at 309-672-6000.
Wait for the host to invite you into the meeting. This may take several minutes depending on the number of cases on the docket. If you have any questions while waiting to enter a Zoom meeting, you can email the courtroom clerk. You will have another opportunity to rename yourself once you are admitted into the meeting. Please use your first and last name and case number, if you know it.
If you get disconnected, join the meeting again using the same Meeting ID and password that appears on your Remote Hearing Notice.