Has The COVID-19 Pandemic Changed Things In Court?
The COVID-19 pandemic constitutes the challenge of a lifetime. Since mid-March 2020, courthouses throughout the State of Illinois have imposed emergency measures that significantly restrict operations.
Different counties have different procedures in place, and in Lake County in particular, for family law matters, court dates have been stricken from time to time and rescheduled, but as of mid-May 2020, agreed orders can be entered, pretrial conferences can be conducted, and divorces can be finalized by agreement. Of course, these procedures will change over time in Lake County and in courthouses across the state.
Increasingly, audio conferencing and video conferencing is being implemented, and it may come to pass that this will become the new normal as the justice system adapts to new realities imposed by the pandemic. Even the U.S. Supreme Court, for the first time ever, is conducting oral arguments by conference call.
To manage the changes in daily life imposed by the pandemic can be daunting, and to also have to navigate a family law matter at the same time, whether in the trial or appellate court, can seem overwhelming. Things have changed, to be sure, but if you require assistance, we are here to help.