Welcome to the Whiteside County Courts Zoom Information Page
Because of the Corona Virus, Zoom, is being offered as an extended service to help maintain social distancing.
To view the "Formal Documents" for Zoom and "Phone in Meetings" please pdf click this link (2.73 MB)
Remember even though you are using Zoom, you are attending a Court Procedure and all Court Rules should be followed.
Conduct during a Zoom appearance
- No vulgar or offensive language
- Appropriately attired for a Court appearance
- No clothing or background containing inappropriate messages or images
- Maintain a muted connection when not speaking
- No recording of Court proceeding is allowed
- No person not specifically authorized by the Court is allowed to be present or listen
- No communications with any other parties except Attorney/Client
- No consultation with any written, printed, electronic or other information source during the appearance, unless authorized by the Court
- Observe proper Courtroom decorum
If these guide lines are not being followed the Judge does have the right to disconnect your Zoom session and have you appear in person, in the Court Room.
If you are not sure which judge is hosting the meeting that you need to attend please call the Morrison Circuit Clerks Office at 815-772-5188 or the Sterling Circuit Clerks Office at 815-535-4530
Judge Senneff - Court Hours -- Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00 am -10:00 am --- (except during jury week)
To Join Judge Senneff's Zoom Hearing, Please click the button below -- To "Call In" please call 1-312-626-6799 - meeting ID 89214626317
Judge Senneff Zoom Meeting Judge Senneff, please click this Button
Judge Steines - Court Hours -- Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00 am -10:00 am, (except during jury week)
To Join Judge Steines's Zoom Hearing, Please click the button below -- To "Call In" please call 1-312-626-6799 - meeting ID 83638200602
Judge Steines Zoom Meeting
Judge Heuerman - Court Hours -- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00 am -10:00 am
To Join Judge Heuerman's Zoom Hearing, Please click the button below -- To "Call In" please call 1-312-626-6799 - meeting ID 82621710202
Judge Heuerman Zoom Meeting
Please click this link to read pdf Procedure For Resumption of Court Proceedings June 1st, 2020 (2.73 MB)
Please click the link below to read the notice
Order Rescheduling Victim Impact Panel Pursuant to 14th Judicial Circuit Administrative Order 20 CA-7 As Well As a Result of the COVID-19 health Crisis
Please Click on the Link above to view the article
Link to the Whiteside County March 17, 2020 General Primary Election Results
Please Click the link below to see the Election Results - the site will be updated as the votes are counted on the evening of March 17, 2020
Pursuant to administrative order of the Chief Judge of the 14th Judicial Circuit, the following policies and procedures will be effective beginning on March 16th-May 4th, or until further order of the Court:
All non-essential cases, including out-of-custody traffic, misdemeanor, felony; divorce/family; adoptions; L, MR and CH cases; small claims; pay/appear; CIVIL jury trials and CRIMINAL jury trials which do not involve any speedy trial issues; and any other matters which are not emergent, will be continued, including matters set for trial. Grand Jury matters will not be scheduled. Marriages will not be scheduled at the courthouse.
Juvenile matters, Drug Court, and Emergency Orders of Protection, and other essential cases will be held as scheduled, but Judges will be setting next hearing dates on May 4th or after, if possible. Judges will make determinations, with input from the parties, on a case-by-case basis as to whether each action qualifies as an essential matter and whether a setting is required within the period of moratorium.
We require the assistance of the involved County officeholders and attorneys to publish this information to litigants, opposing counsel, witnesses, clients, victims, police officers and others involved in court cases.
Judges encourage the provision of agreed orders setting forth new dates and teleconferences to reschedule matters. We are attempting to limit, as much as possible, the number of persons in the courthouse in order to protect court employees and those persons utilizing the court system. If you are sick, PLEASE DO NOT come to the courthouse, but call instead. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Please note that this notice applies to the Whiteside County Courts - All other County Offices are operating as normal.
The Whiteside County Highway Department has announced the posting of spring weight limits for County Highways. These postings will go into effect on Monday, March 2, 2020 and will remain in effect until further notice. (Township roads may vary, so it is suggested that each township be contacted regarding their postings.) For questions concerning the postings on County Highways, please contact the Highway Department at 815-772-7651.