In-person court appearances continue to largely remain on hold for the foreseeable future. Nevertheless, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) and the circuit courts have adapted to nearly exclusive video court appearances to keep cases moving forward.
Due to the rising cases of COVID-19, all in-person trials at the IWCC have been suspended except in certain limited cases of emergency through December 31, 2020. In-person hearings were previously able to commence at the IWCC after a mandatory pre-trial conference before the arbitrator.
Trials in Cook County circuit courts have been deferred until 2021. Additionally, all matters are to be held over videoconference except in “extraordinary or compelling circumstances.” However, Anesi Ozmon attorneys continue to participate in depositions, mediations and pre-trial conferences to keep cases on track for resolution.
While Cook County trials are suspended, some downstate and collar counties are still proceeding with in-person trials. The Illinois Supreme Court recently issued orders allowing jury selection to be done remotely, as jury pools have been reduced due to health and economic impacts of the pandemic.
Anesi Ozmon will continue to adapt to the changing procedures during this unprecedented time, as we remain steadfast in our commitment to zealously advocate for the rights of our clients and their families.