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Legal Statutes: Illinois

UPDATED September 19, 2017

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Article II. Civil No Contact Orders

back to top22/216. Duration and extension of orders

(a) Unless re-opened or extended or voided by entry of an order of greater duration, an emergency order shall be effective for not less than 14 nor more than 21 days.
(b) Except as otherwise provided in this Section, a plenary civil no contact order shall be effective for a fixed period of time, not to exceed 2 years. A plenary civil no contact order entered in conjunction with a criminal prosecution shall remain in effect as follows:
(1) if entered during pre-trial release, until disposition, withdrawal, or dismissal of the underlying charge; if however, the case is continued as an independent cause of action, the order's duration may be for a fixed period of time not to exceed 2 years;
(2) if in effect in conjunction with a bond forfeiture warrant, until final disposition or an additional period of time not exceeding 2 years; no civil no contact order, however, shall be terminated by a dismissal that is accompanied by the issuance of a bond forfeiture warrant;
(3) until expiration of any supervision, conditional discharge, probation, periodic imprisonment, parole, aftercare release, or mandatory supervised release and for an additional period of time thereafter not exceeding 2 years; or
(4) until the date set by the court for expiration of any sentence of imprisonment and subsequent parole, aftercare release, or mandatory supervised release and for an additional period of time thereafter not exceeding 2 years.
(c) Any emergency or plenary order may be extended one or more times, as required, provided that the requirements of Section 214 or 215, as appropriate, are satisfied. If the motion for extension is uncontested and the petitioner seeks no modification of the order, the order may be extended on the basis of the petitioner's motion or affidavit stating that there has been no material change in relevant circumstances since entry of the order and stating the reason for the requested extension. Extensions may be granted only in open court and not under the provisions of subsection (c) of Section 214, which applies only when the court is unavailable at the close of business or on a court holiday.
(d) Any civil no contact order which would expire on a court holiday shall instead expire at the close of the next court business day.
(d-5) An extension of a plenary civil no contact order may be granted, upon good cause shown, to remain in effect until the civil no contact order is vacated or modified.
(e) The practice of dismissing or suspending a criminal prosecution in exchange for the issuance of a civil no contact order undermines the purposes of this Act. This Section shall not be construed as encouraging that practice.
P.A. 93-236, § 216, eff. Jan. 1, 2004. Amended by P.A. 94-360, § 5, eff. Jan. 1, 2006; P.A. 96-311, § 5, eff. Jan. 1, 2010; P.A. 98-558, § 130, eff. Jan. 1, 2014.