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**NEW! REVISED CIVIL FEE SCHEDULE - EFFECTIVE 6-1-2015
Minor Civil Fee Schedule changes will be effective June 1, 2015. U.S. Postal rates are increasing effective May 31, 2015, increasing our fees for a Restricted Certified Mailing to $25.34 and Non-Restricted Certified Mailing to $16.74.
Public Act 098-1132, which goes into effect on June 1, 2015, makes some changes to Jury Demand Fees, eliminating the 12-person Jury choice for AR (Arbitration) and LM (Law Magistrate) case types. Jury Demand Fees for all AR and LM cases are $212.50 effective June 1, 2015. A 12-person Jury is still available for SC (Small Claims) cases.
HARRIS LAW FIRM / COLLECTION AGENCY - If you have been contacted by the Circuit Clerk's Collection Agency, Arnold Scott Harris PC, payments must now be made to the Collection Agency, NOT to Circuit Clerk
Any fine & fees that remain unpaid after 90 days, with no active payments being received on a Circuit Clerk payment plan, shall be charged a 15% delinquency amount on the unpaid balance (pursuant to 705 ILCS 105/27.5) and turned over to a collection agency, who will charge additional interest and fees (pursuant to 730 ILCS 5/5-9-3(e) and 705 ILCS 105/27.5).
If you have received a notice or phone call from the Circuit Clerk's collection agency, Arnold Scott Harris, P.C., the Circuit Clerk's office can no longer accept payment on your case(s). After a case is turned over to collections, payments must be made through the collection agency. Payments and questions on cases submitted to collections should be directed to Arnold Scott Harris, P.C. at (312)574-1885 or pay online at http://pay-harris-law-firm.com.
FREE McHENRY CIRCUIT CLERK ATTORNEY ACCESS PORTAL (McCAAP)
The McHenry Circuit Clerk Attorney Access Portal (McCAAP) is a free program which provides attorney access to McHenry County cases where the attorney/firm has filed an appearance. Case information and the scanned court documents are both available. The biggest difference between this free program and our long-time paid subscription program is that paid subscribers receive access to all public case files, where our free McHenry Circuit Clerk Attorney Access Portal (McCAAP) only offers access to cases where the attorney/firm has filed an appearance.
The McHenry Circuit Clerk Attorney Access Portal (McCAAP) also provides a calendar function which allows attorneys to view all scheduled court dates on cases where they are the attorney of record. E-Filing firms can also view the balance of their E-Filing Pay-Down Account.
To gain access to McCAAP bring your completed application to Circuit Clerk Administration (Room 352) or email it to CircuitClerk@co.mchenry.il.us. A link to the program, along with your firm’s user ID and password will be sent to your e-mail address.
CIVIL DIVISION ELECTRONIC FILING
McHenry County is NOW accepting the filing of Civil documents electronically!
Attorneys must register with the Circuit Clerk and www.i2File.net before they will be allowed to begin E-Filing Civil Division documents. Attorney E-Filing Registration forms can be returned to Circuit Clerk Administration (Room 352) or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
USE OF CELL PHONE WHILE DRIVING Tickets $120.00
Due to widespread media coverage of the new Cell Phone law, 625-5 ILCS 12-610.2(b), effective January 1, 2014, there has been a lot of confusion about what the bail amount on these tickets is and what is the cost of paying these tickets without a court appearance.
625-5 ILCS 12-610.2(b) USE OF CELL PHONE WHILE DRIVING
Bail Amount $120.00 / Payment without Court Appearance $120.00
Bail amounts for petty offenses are set by Illinois Supreme Court Rule. Supreme Court Rule 526 sets the bail amount for minor traffic offenses at $120.00, unless they are mentioned specifically in paragraphs (b), (c), (d) and (f), such as Speeding 21-25 mph over the limit ($140), seat belts ($60), etc.
The amount to pay a minor traffic offense that does not require a court appearance is specified in Supreme Court Rule 529, where the ticket may be satisfied by setting the fine & costs equal to the amount of the bail required in Supreme Court Rule 526.
The confusion has come from the Cell Phone statute itself (625-5/12-610.2(b)), which sets the maximum fine at $75 for a first offense. This $75 fine ONLY comes in to play if the defendant chooses to go to court for his ticket. At that point the Supreme Court Rules for payment without a court appearance are irrelevant and the judge would use the statute to determine what he must set for a fine if the defendant pleads guilty or is found guilty. The judge could set a maximum of $75 for the fine, then statutory court costs would be added to that $75 fine and the total due would be approximately $300.00.
ORDER OF PROTECTION ONLINE ASSISTANCE
The McHenry County Circuit Clerk, in cooperation with the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court is pleased to offer online assistance in obtaining Orders of Protection, Civil No Contact Orders or Stalking No Contact Orders. The electronic system for filing Orders of Protection will hopefully make what is a complicated, time consuming process, faster and easier. If you are requesting an Order of Protection, you will still be required to come to the Courthouse to sign your petition and see a judge, but this new electronic system allows you to complete the paperwork ahead of time, reducing the amount of time you will spend at the Courthouse.
McHENRY COUNTY LEGAL SELF-HELP ONLINE
Use McHenry County's Legal Self-Help Online to find answers to your legal questions.