Federal Court “Open and Accessible” in Chicago with Trials Suspended Indefinitely

By on November 16, 2020

Illinois presently has the largest number of daily new cases of COVID-19. On Friday, the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois issued a new general order:

  • All civil and criminal jury trials are suspended indefinitely.
  • All civil hearings will be conducted remotely. No motions will be noticed for presentment. (A feature of Chicago federal practice pre-pandemic was that every motion was presented in person to a judge before full briefing was ordered.)
  • All public gatherings are suspended.

Other than that, the Order states, “this Court remains open and accessible.”

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