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Visiting the Courthouse

 

COVID-19

While COVID-19 protocols are in place, masks are to be always worn by visitors while in the Courthouse, unless otherwise instructed by Courthouse personnel. Do not come to the Courthouse if you are showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who is positive for COVID-19. Instead, consult your attorney on how to proceed with your court hearing.  If you do not have an attorney, you should contact the courtroom in which you are scheduled to appear to find out how to proceed with your court hearing.

Courtroom Etiquette

It does not matter whether you are the plaintiff, defendant, or member of the jury, you should present a professional appearance to the best degree possible.  It is important to be comfortable, as you may be sitting for long periods of time. You do not have to wear business attire, but your clothing should be appropriate for a courtroom. This means that clothing should be clean and well-fitting, and should not be revealing or display offensive writing or slogans. It is a good idea to avoid shorts, flip flops, or short skirts. Each judge has different rules for his or her courtroom, but it is generally good practice to err on the side of more conservative clothing. Dress for the season, though it is also a good idea to bring layers, as the courtroom may sometimes be cold.

Lactation Room

There is a lactation room available on the first floor of the courthouse.

Children in the Courthouse

There is no childcare available at the courthouse. If you have a scheduled court appearance, please be aware that you should not bring your children with you unless a judge has ordered them to testify.

If you are getting married at the courthouse, children are allowed to attend subject to capacity.

Parking and Transit

Parking

There is limited parking on the streets around the Champaign County Courthouse, but there is designated parking in the lot immediately to the east of the building, on the southwest corner of Main and Vine streets. Parking is head-in only, and the cost is 50¢ per hour for the first two hours, and $1.00 for each additional hour. This lot is enforced by the City of Urbana Monday through Friday  from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Transit

The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District offers regular bus service at the Downtown Urbana Transfer Plaza.  The bus shelter is located directly to the west of the courthouse on Broadway Avenue just north of Lincoln Square, between Main and Elm streets.

Courthouse Security

Entering the Courthouse

It is a good idea to arrive at the Courthouse at least 15 minutes before your scheduled business. Upon entering the Courthouse, you will be asked to proceed through metal detectors. This process helps ensure the safety of all Courthouse visitors. You may be asked to remove items from your pockets, remove a belt, and to open any beverage containers.

Prohibited Items

By order of the Champaign County Sheriff, the following items cannot be brought into the Courthouse:

  • Electronic devices of any kind (cell phones, tablets, laptops, smart watches, eReaders)
  • Firearms, ammunition, or explosives
  • Knives of any size (to include swords, box cutters, or any edged weapons)
  • Personal protective spray (mace) or any aerosol spray
  • Any item whose possession is prohibited by Illinois State Statute (controlled substances, illegal weapons)
  • Any item that could be considered threatening (this may include manicure kits, knitting needles, scissors, or laser pointers)

If you are traveling to the courthouse via ridesharing (Uber, Lyft), or by bus, please be aware that you may not bring your cell phone into the building. There are lockers located near the pay station in the parking lot east of the courthouse that may be used to store your device while you are in the courthouse. Each locker costs $0.25 to use, and the quarter is non-refundable.

Rules of Conduct

All those entering the Champaign County Courthouse are subject to search of their property and person.

Loitering is prohibited both outside and inside the Courthouse.

Any behavior which threatens the orderly and secure environment of the Courthouse and its visitors is prohibited.

Violation of the rules or possession of a prohibited item may result in removal or arrest.