Today, Chief Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois entered Fourth Amended General Order 20-0012, ordering the following:

1. The Fourth Amended General Order does not extend any deadlines in civil cases.

2. Civil case hearings, bench trials and settlement conferences may be scheduled and conducted by the presiding judge by remote means. In-court hearings are limited to urgent matters that cannot be conducted remotely.

3. Civil jury trials will not be conducted before August 3, 2020, and trials set to begin before August 3, 2020 will be reset by the presiding judge.

4. Any party may seek emergency relief, and emergency motions must be filed in the case in which emergency relief is sought.

5. The District Court Clerk’s Office is closed to public entry through June 15, 2020. Filings may be made electronically, deposited in the lobby drop box, or mailed to the clerk’s office.

6. No courtesy copies may be submitted for filings made through July 15, 2020.

7. No motion may be noticed for presentment on a date earlier than July 15, 2020.

8. This order does not affect the authority of judges to enter orders in any civil or criminal cases.

Read the full order here.

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