Cook County courts put out word late Friday night that most cases scheduled between March 17-April 15 will not have court. This is developing and will be updated on Monday, March 16, but until then, here is what we know:
IF YOU HAVE A DUI, MISDEMEANOR, OR TRAFFIC CASE
Unless we tell you otherwise, you will not have court between March 16-April 15. Your case will be continued to the next key date. Your “key date” is indicated on your original traffic tickets by a single letter. That letter has corresponding dates to be in court each month. We have the grid and will let you know when it is, however, please keep reading for instructions.
IF YOU HAVE A FELONY CASE
Unless we tell you otherwise, you will not have court between March 16-April 15. Your case will be continued 30 days from your court date. If the 30th day falls on a weekend, it will be on the following Monday.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO
Watch the mail. You will be receiving a postcard from the Circuit Clerk’s office telling you when your next court date is. You need to email us immediately and let us know when that is because we will not receive notification. You might also receive a call or text from the Clerk’s office. If so, notify us immediately.
Court dates in April are going to be very busy, so it is essential you tell us as soon as you hear when your court date is so we can put you on our calendar to be with you. Although the court order stated all of the above, it is possible your court date might be set at some other time, which is why you need to let us know as soon as you are contacted to be make sure we all have the correct date to avoid warrants.