RE: Emergency Policy Regarding COVID-19
Updated August 17, 2020
Updated November 9, 2020
Updated December 4, 2020
Updated February 12, 2021
Due to the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak the 18th District Court has adopted the following emergency policy regarding continuation of services. This policy will be updated as conditions change. Please check back regularly.
This policy is subject to extension, revision, or cancellation at any point without advanced notice.
- The court will be open during normal posted hours.
- All cashiers will be open and available for in-person payments. This includes civil infractions, probation payments, payment plans and warrants.
- The court highly encourages the use of online-payments during this crisis. Payments can be made by clicking HERE.
- The court will address walk-in warrants, in-custody arraignments, conditional bond violations, probation violations, domestic, assault, and conditional bond violations via Zoom.
- If you have an outstanding warrant, please email your name, address and phone number to email@example.com. A court appointed attorney will contact you within three-five business days of receipt of the email.
- Defense attorneys will be present to represent individuals as needed.
- Landlord–Tenant cases will be held via Zoom. See Zoom tab.
- All other general civil matters will be held via Zoom. See Zoom tab.
- All jury trials will be adjourned until the court enters Phase 3.
- All civil infraction hearings will be held via Zoom. See Zoom tab.
- Probation appointments will be held via Zoom. Please contact your probation officer for additional information.
- Sobriety court programs will continue. All participants must contact their case manager for specific program adjustments.
- Visitors to the courthouse will be restricted to those individuals scheduled for an in-person court date only.
- All visitors will be screened and temperature checked before entry.
- Masks must be worn at all times while in the courthouse.
During this crisis, the courtrooms are closed to the general public. The main counters are open for payments, filings and motions only. Court hearings are held via Zoom and streamed live via YouTube. See Zoom tab for additional information.
The public can still participate in court hearings by attending the hearing remotely.
Hearings conducted by Judge McConnell can be viewed live on YouTube at his channel, Judge Mark McConnell, 18th District Court, by clicking here
Hearings conducted by Judge Cicirelli can be viewed live on YouTube at her channel, Judge Cicirelli 18th District Court, by clicking here
Hearings conducted by Magistrate Wiacek can be viewed live on YouTube at his channel, Magistrate David Wiacek 18th District Court, by clicking here
If you are coming to the court to make a payment, we accept cash, personal check, or money order. The court also accepts Visa, MasterCard and Debit Cards; however, we use a third party processor for these transactions. The additional costs of these transactions are paid by the person making the payment. There is also a drop box outside the building for after hours payments by check or money order.
You may also pay your fines and cost on line. Click the “Payment Information” tab for more information or go directly payments by clicking HERE. Payments made online will be processed by the court the next business day.
Are you looking to see what cases are scheduled for court? You can review the court dockets by date. If a case is non-public you will not be able to view.
The court will be closed to the public on the following dates
February 15, 2021 – President’s Day
April 2, 2021 – Good Friday
May 4, 2021 – Election Day
May 31, 2021 – Memorial Day
Normal testing hours are from 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM for weekday testing.