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    All payments, filings and correspondence should be directed to:

    Maureen A. Josh, DeKalb County Circuit Clerk, 133 W. State Street, Sycamore, IL 60178


    Office Hours8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday - Friday   (Closed on all Court Holidays)

   Telephone ContactsCivil – 815.895.7131 Traffic and Criminal – 815.895.7138

 

Tips for Preparing and Participating in a Virtual Court Proceeding

 

Remote Court Appearance Instructions:

The Judges in DeKalb County have chosen to use Zoom for remote court appearances. The following steps will guide you to participating in a Zoom meeting.

If you do NOT have a Zoom account set up, follow these instructions.  There are instructions below if you already have a Zoom account.
  1. You need Zoom on your device:
    • If you are using your smart phone, iPad, tablet, etc.:
      • Search the App store for Zoom
      • Download the free Zoom app to your phone, iPad, tablet, etc. by clicking on the Get button.  (The Zoom app is a light blue background with a white video camera on it.) 
    • If you are using a PC:
      • Navigate to Zoom.us and click on the orange button that says “Sign Up, It’s Free”.  Zoom asks for your date of birth and the screen states that “this data will not be stored”.  After you enter you date of birth, click Continue.
      • Enter your email address and click the Sign Up Button.
      • Zoom will send an email to your email address that you have to open and click on Verify to activate your Zoom account.
  2. Open the Zoom app or icon.
  3. Press/click on Join a Meeting.
  4. Enter the Meeting ID in the Meeting ID box.
  5. Press/click the Join button.
  6. Press/click Join with Video.
  7. Press/click Call using internet Audio.
  8. You will be placed in a virtual waiting room. 
  9. Once the judge admits you, you will be joined into the meeting.
  10. Please be sure that your name is listed as your proper name.  To change your name, follow these instructions if you are using your phone, iPad, tablet:
    • Press Participants
    • Press your name in the list of participants
    • Press the Rename button
    • Type your name in the box and press Done
    • Press Close
  11. If you are using a PC, follow these instructions to change your name:
    • Hover your mouse over your picture.  Two blue boxes will appear in the upper right corner of your picture.
    • Click on the blue box with the three dots (…).
    • Click on Rename
    • Enter your proper name
    • Click OK.
  12. You should Mute your microphone until it is your turn to speak.  This will prevent any background noise in the meeting.

 

If you have a Zoom account already, follow these instructions:
  1. Open the Zoom app or icon.
  2. Press/click on Join a Meeting.
  3. Enter the Meeting ID in the Meeting ID box.
  4. Press/click the Join button.
  5. Press/click Join with Video.
  6. Press/click Call using internet Audio.
  7. You will be placed in a virtual waiting room. 
  8. Once the judge admits you, you will be joined into the meeting.
  9. Please be sure that your name is listed as your proper name.  To change your name, follow these instructions if you are using your phone, iPad, tablet:
    • Press Participants
    • Press your name in the list of participants
    • Press the Rename button
    • Type your name in the box and press Done
    • Press Close
  10. If you are using a PC, follow these instructions to change your name:
    • Hover your mouse over your picture.  Two blue boxes will appear in the upper right corner of your picture.
    • Click on the blue box with the three dots (…).
    • Click on Rename
    • Enter your proper name
    • Click OK.
  11. You should Mute your microphone until it is your turn to speak.  This will prevent any background noise in the meeting.
When you are ready to Leave the meeting, follow these instructions:
  1.  Press/click the Leave button:
    • On a phone, iPad, tablet, the Leave button is in the upper right hand corner.
    • On a PC, the Leave button is in the lower right hand corner.
  2. If the Judge ends the meeting, you do not need to use the Leave button.

 

Here is the list of Meeting ID’s and a link to YouTube:

Bond Call

 

Courtroom 100 - Judge Doherty

 

Courtroom 200 - Judge Pedersen

 

Courtroom 210 - Judge Montgomery

 

Courtroom 220 - Judge Stuckert

 

Courtroom 230 - Judge Buick

 

Courtroom 300 - Judge Waller

 

Courtroom 330 - Judge Matekaitis