Lake County Court Re-Opens Virtually

Judges to Hear Cases Via Zoom App
LAKE COUNTY, Ill. – In an effort to re-open virtually after closing due to COVID-19 safety measures, Lake County’s 19th Judicial Circuit Court will begin hearing cases online today via the Zoom app. This includes civil, criminal, and family court proceedings, including orders of protection.

In a news release on the Circuit Court’s website, the court issued instructions for logging into Zoom and included a link to more information at youtube.com.

“We are glad the courts will reopen more fully on June 1, and appreciate the work of the 19th Judicial Circuit to ensure the safety of court staff and litigants while also providing access to justice,” said Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim. “We will continue to adapt our processes during these challenging times to ensure justice will be served.”

Access the 19th Judicial Circuit webpage at 19thcircuitcourt.state.il.us on a computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet. Users can click on the “Remote Court Hearing (ZOOM)” tab and join the appropriate courtroom. The judge handling the call will admit parties into the virtual courtroom when the case is ready to be called.

Anyone without access to a phone or the Internet can go to the William D. Block Law Library in the Courthouse at 18 N. County Street in Waukegan where ZOOM stations have been set up.
By Margo Pelak

Margo Pelak is founder and managing editor of the Local Newsreader, which covers hyper-local news in Hawthorn Woods, Lake Zurich and Mundelein. She resides in Hawthorn Woods with her husband Dennis and two wild beasts named Ladybug and Juney P.

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