The 23rd Judicial Circuit which includes Kendall and DeKalb Counties is pausing jury trials until February.
The pause comes as the number of COVID-19 cases in both DeKalb and Kendall counties continues to rise.
Chief Judge Robert Pilmer says the action is precautionary in nature and is being taken after consulting judges in both counties. Pilmer says the the courts have been relativity successful in keeping the spread of the virus low.
Other court proceedings are not being reduced at this time. Pre-trial hearings for jury trials are still happening.
Much of the court’s business has been happening via video conference. Attorneys and litigants are encouraged to use video conferencing as much as possible to keep numbers low at court houses.
Last month, several judges were exposed to the virus and had to quarantine for several weeks, causing court schedules to be scrambled.