Author: Jason Hirsh
Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has now spanned close to six months, the progress of cases in the Circuit Court of Cook County has been greatly inhibited. As a result, as one can imagine, there is a backlog of cases that would have been tried or settled some time ago. In an effort to remedy this bottleneck, on August 27, 2020, James P. Flannery Jr., the presiding Judge of the Law Division, issued a General Administrative Order mandating that cases that were set for trial prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, but did not proceed to trial due to the pandemic, must now engage in pre-trial settlement conferences. This order will affect more than 1,000 pending cases.