ILLINOIS FOURTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER

Pursuant to the authority granted to the Chief Judge by Article VI, Section 7(c) of the Constitution of the State of Illinois, the Judicial assignments in the Fourth Judicial Circuit for the period from January 4, 2021 until further order of the Chief Judge, are as follows:

CHRISTIAN COUNTY

JUDGE BRADLEY PAISLEY
All criminal, traffic and juvenile matters; and Problem Solving Court.

JUDGE AMANDA ADE-HARLOW
All civil matters.

CLAY COUNTY

JUDGE KEVIN PARKER
All matters (Monday, Wednesday & Friday).

CLINTON COUNTY

JUDGE MARK STEDELIN
All matters (Monday through Wednesday); all matters not assigned to Judge Sanders (Thursday).

AS ASSIGNED BY THE CHIEF JUDGE
All matters (Friday).

JUDGE ERICKA SANDERS
All juvenile matters; and Problem Solving Court (Thursday afternoon).

EFFINGHAM COUNTY

JUDGE CHRISTOPHER MATOUSH
All criminal, traffic and juvenile matters (Monday through Thursday).

JUDGE JEFFREY DELONG
All civil matters (Monday through Friday); and all bond and compliance hearings (Friday).

JUDGE ERICKA SANDERS
Problem Solving Court (Friday).

FAYETTE COUNTY

JUDGE J. MARC KELLY
All criminal and traffic matters (Monday through Thursday); all matters and Problem Solving Court (Friday).

JUDGE M. DON SHEAFOR
All civil matters (Monday through Thursday).

JASPER COUNTY

JUDGE DANIEL HARTIGAN
All matters (Tuesday & Thursday).

AS ASSIGNED BY THE CHIEF JUDGE
All conflict matters (Friday of the second week of each month).

MARION COUNTY

JUDGE ALLAN LOLIE
All criminal and traffic matters (Monday through Thursday).

JUDGE MARK STEDELIN
All criminal and traffic matters; and Problem Solving Court (Friday).

JUDGE STANLEY BRANDMEYER
All civil matters.

JUDGE ERICKA SANDERS
All juvenile matters (Monday and Wednesday).

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

JUDGE JAMES ROBERTS
All criminal and traffic matters; and Problem Solving Court.

JUDGE JOEL POWLESS
All civil and juvenile matters.

SHELBY COUNTY

JUDGE MARTIN SIEMER
All matters (Monday through Thursday).

JUDGE ALLAN LOLIE
All matters; and Problem Solving Court (Friday).

ADDITIONAL ASSIGNMENTS

1)         Circuit Judge Daniel Hartigan (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), Circuit Judge Douglas Jarman, Circuit Judge Michael McHaney, Circuit Judge M. Don Sheafor (Friday), Circuit Judge Martin Siemer (Friday), Associate Judge Christopher Matoush (Friday), Associate Judge Kevin Parker (Tuesday, Thursday), and Associate Judge Ericka Sanders (Tuesday) will be assigned by the Chief Judge’s Office. All other Circuit and Associate Judges will be subject to special assignment as ordered by the Chief Judge’s Office.

2)        The Chief Judge’s Office will make a Judge available to cover any Judge’s assignment when that Judge is on vacation.

3)         The Chief Judge’s Office will make a Judge available to cover daily calls when a Judge is conducting a jury trial, except for Christian County, which will be scheduled for one-daily judge settings during civil jury trial weeks (five per year); Fayette County, which will be scheduled for one-daily judge settings during all jury trial weeks; and Montgomery County, which will be scheduled for one-daily judge settings during civil jury trial weeks.

4)         No Judge will be available to cover in the event a Judge goes to a seminar. In such instances, the Judge shall clear his or her calendar for that particular day or days.  If a Judge takes any committee or teaching assignments or any other job related activity, they must first obtain approval for coverage from the Chief Judge’s Office before accepting the position.

5)         A Judge who has a conflict with a particular case assigned to him or her pursuant to this Administrative Order shall make arrangements with another Judge assigned to hear matters in the county in question to hear the conflict case. The Judge with the conflict shall hear the other Judge’s cases while that Judge hears the conflict case. If there are no other Judges assigned to the county in question who can hear the conflict case, the Chief Judge’s Office shall be contacted for the issuance of an Assignment Order assigning a Judge from outside the county in question to hear the conflict case.

6)         If a Judge not regularly assigned in a particular county is specially assigned to hear a conflict case in that county, the Judge who had the initial conflict shall make himself or herself available for assignment by the Chief Judge’s Office during the time the conflict case is being heard.

7)         All Judges, and the reporters assigned to them, shall promptly notify the Chief Judge’s Office of their availability for special assignment whenever their daily or trial matters are continued, settled or otherwise delayed.

8)         The Judge hearing criminal jury trials in each county will be responsible for impaneling the Grand Jury and Grand Jury proceedings. The Judge hearing daily criminal matters is designated to hear all criminal expungement proceedings.

9)        No cases shall be set that will run past the hour of 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 15, 2021; Friday, April 9, 2021; Friday, July 9, 2021; and Friday, October 8, 2021, so that all Judges may attend a regularly scheduled judges’ meeting on those dates.  

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