Got jury duty? Facing a court date? Check first

News-DemocratJanuary 6, 2014 

If you are supposed to report for jury duty Moday but the end of your driveway looks like the iceberg that sank the Titanic, don't panic.

Just call 825-2150, the number printed on your jury summons, but do not do so until after 4:30 p.m., said Terrie Bise, chief clerk of the St. Clair County Jury Commission.

If you have a court date for a case that is a not serious crime, you will be granted an automatic continuance if you cannot make it to court, said Chief Judge John Baricevic.

However, it it's a serious court date for a felony charge, "It will have to be decided on a case by case basis," Baricevic said.

If you have a court date but are unsure whether to try to show up because of the weather conditions, call the chief judge's office. Dial 277-6600 and ask to be connected to the judge's office.

Meanwhile, the Madison County Courthouse and County Building are closed for all business. That includes closure of the Madison County Criminal Justice Center in Edwardsville and the circuit court clerk's offices in Alton and Granite City.

All cases set to appear on Monday will be reset at a later date with notice to all parties, according to Teri Picchioldi, trial court administrator for Madison County Circuit Court.

The Bond County courthouse in Greenville also will be closed Monday.

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