Resources and Links for COVID-19 Updates and Cancellations in the Courts and Chicago's Legal Community

Law Bulletin Media
Law Bulletin Publishing Media has dropped its paywall with regards to COVID-19 coverage and is keeping a full list of closures and cancellations in the Chicago area: https://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/


Circuit Court of Cook County
For information on COVID-19 and court operations, and a list of all General Administrative Orders related to COVID-19
http://www.cookcountycourt.org/


Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County In-Person Appointments Information
Download the PDF 


U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Amended General Order signed by Chief Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer on July 10, 2020. Litigants are cautioned to read this order carefully, as it does not further extend deadlines in civil cases. 
FifthAmendedGeneralOrder20-0012.pdf


Illinois Supreme Court
Effective September 1, 2020, Illinois Supreme Court issues temporary order limiting in-person court appearances through change to fee waivers and summonses to appear .
The Illinois Supreme Court announced today that its September Term will be held in-person in Springfield at the Illinois Supreme Court Building. See details in PDF .
 

DuPage County Courthouse - 18th Judicial Circuit Court
https://www.dupageco.org/courts


Illinois Court COViD-19 Updates
The Illinois Courts are keeping this page updated with the various court orders related to COVID-19 closings / deadlines: http://illinoiscourts.gov/Administrative/covid-19.asp.


COVID-19 Resources from LexisNexis
LexisNexis is offering free access to verified and consolidated news information on Covid-19 via https://www.law360.com/coronavirus and practical guidance via the LexisNexis Practice Advisor Coronavirus Resource Kit at https://www.lexisnexis.com/en-us/products/lexis-practice-advisor/coronavirus-resources.page.


COVID-19 Podcasts from the Legal Talk Network
Legal Talk Network has compiled a list of timely COVID-19 related podcasts addressing both the virus itself and providing guidance on how your business can cope during the pandemic. See the full list at https://legaltalknetwork.com/podcast-category/covid-19/.



Cook County Law Library Announces Remote Access to Research Collection 
The Cook County Law Library will offer remote access to its resources during the court closure due to the COVID-19 situation. Attorneys can contact a reference librarian for assistance in accessing cases, articles, and other research tools by emailing law.lawlibrary@cookcountyil.gov or calling 312.603.5423. 


ABA Launches Comprehensive Pandemic Resource Page
The ABA's Task Force on Legal Needs Arising Out of the 2020 Pandemic recently launched a web page to provide information about resources, changes in benefits and emerging legal issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic.  The task force, which includes representatives from the top legal organizations in the country, including NABE, was created in response to the growing legal needs of ordinary Americans arising from the COVID-19 emergency. The webpage includes resources on technology for remote service delivery, court closings and procedural changes, legal needs, emerging legal issues, public benefits programs and pro bono mobilization. It serves as a clearinghouse for valuable information such as practice tools for remote work, updates on new benefits provided in the CARES Act, protections against evictions and other actions due to job losses, court closings and mobilization of pro bono efforts. Visit the site often for updates.
 

Chicago Dept. of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP)
Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, all Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) offices will be closed to the public until further notice. This includes the following locations:
BACP Administrative Offices, 121 N. LaSalle St. Room 805
Small Business Center, 121 N. LaSalle St. Room 800
Public Vehicle Licensing Center, 2350 W. Ogden Ave. 1st Floor 
Public Vehicle Inspection Facility, 2430 W. Pershing Ave.

BACP will continue processing business licenses, where applicable, online or over the phone. Please visit www.chicagobusinessdirect.org or call 312-74-GOBIZ. Please allow for extra time as BACP staff are working hard to keep City services going under this disruption.