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Courthouse & Building Closures | State of Illinois Office of the Illinois Courts

Courthouse & Building Closure Policies & Form

The Supreme Court of Illinois has established the Supreme Court of Illinois Emergency Closing Policy and Procedures, when weather or other hazardous or emergency conditions compromise the safety or welfare of personnel or citizens. Please review the Supreme Court of Illinois Emergency Closing Policy and Procedures before filling out the Emergency Closure Form.

Supreme Court Offices:
The Chief Justice (or, in the absence of the Chief Justice, the Administrative Director) has the authority to declare offices of the Supreme Court closed. A Supreme Court administrative authority (e.g., Clerk, Legal Research Director, Reporter of Decisions, etc.) may request an emergency closing of his or her office. Such a request must be approved by either the Chief Justice or the Administrative Director. A copy of the approved COURT FACILITY CLOSURE AND MODIFIED OPERATIONS FORM must be emailed to the Chief Justice, the Administrative Director, and the Supreme Court Communications Office.

Administrative Office:
The Chief Justice and the Administrative Director have the authority to close the Administrative Office. The approved COURT FACILITY CLOSURE AND MODIFIED OPERATIONS FORM must be emailed to the Supreme Court Communications Office.

Appellate Districts:
The Presiding Justice/Chair of the Executive Committee has the authority to approve closing an Appellate Court district. An appellate court administrative authority (e.g., Clerk of Appellate Court, Research Director) may request an emergency closing. The request must be approved by the Presiding Justice/Chair of the Executive Committee. A copy of the approved COURT FACILITY CLOSURE AND MODIFIED OPERATIONS FORM must be emailed to the Chief Justice, the Supreme Court Justice over the District, the Administrative Director, and the Supreme Court Communications Office.

Circuit Courts:
The Chief Circuit Judge has the authority to close a Circuit Court. A circuit court administrative authority (e.g., Presiding Judge or Trial Court Administrator) may request an emergency closing. The request must be approved by the Chief Circuit Judge. A copy of the approved COURT FACILITY CLOSURE AND MODIFIED OPERATIONS FORM must be emailed to the Chief Justice, Supreme Court Justice over the District, the Administrative Director, and the Supreme Court Communications Office.

 Emergency Preparedness Standards for the Illinois Circuit Courts Policy

Supreme Court of Illinois Emergency Closing Policy and Procedures

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Emergency Closure Form

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 Please be advised, you will need to download the Emergency Closure Form before submitting electronically

 If you have any questions, please contact the Administrative Office at xxx-xxx-xxxx (Springfield) or xxx-xxx-xxxx (Chicago) during regular business hours.