Illinois Supreme and Appellate Courts Modify Procedures Due to COVID-19

March 18, 2020 10:38 PM | Carson Griffis (Administrator)

The Illinois Supreme Court and Illinois Appellate Courts remain open but have modified some procedures in light of the difficulties created by COVID-19. 

The Illinois Supreme Court has allowed parties to submit paper copies of briefs and other documents in 14 days, rather than five days, through March 31, 2020.

The First District of the Appellate Court has stated that it will allow a 30-day extension for any appellant or appellee briefs due on or before April 17, 2020, in all civil cases and criminal cases where the defendant is represented by private counsel or is self-represented. The First District also waived its requirement that parties provide six paper copies of filed briefs through April 17, 2020.

The Second District has allowed parties 14 days, rather than five days, to submit paper copies of briefs filed through March 31, 2020.

The Fourth District has temporarily postponed oral arguments. 

The Fifth District also modified its March oral argument calendar and has suspended its requirement that parties submit paper copies of briefs until further order of the court.

The Illinois Supreme Court and other Illinois courts will continue to post announcements on the Illinois courts' website, which may be found here.

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