Suppose you go to a judge for an Emergency Order of Protection? How do you do that?
You go to the courthouse, fill out the paperwork, wait for a judge, see the judge in private, explain why you need it, and the judge, if he approves it, signs the paperwork and puts it into the system.
Then you take the Emergency Order of Protection from the judge's office to the Civil Process office of the McHenry County Sheriff's Department (MCSD) and turn it in to a clerk at the counter there.
It isn't all that far from the judge's office to the sheriff's department. In fact, it is only down one floor in the government center. You don't have to go outside; you don't have to go back through security. You just walk down one flight of stairs.
When you present the Emergency Order of Protection to the MCSD Civil Process Division, just how quickly should you expect it to be served? After all, you need it. The judge ordered it. It's an emergency; right?
Let's say that the judge signs the Order on Friday and you deliver it five minutes later to the Civil Process Division. It's an emergency. You deliver it about 1:30PM to the Civil Process Division.
Should it be served on Friday, the same day?
How about on Saturday?
OK, that was the week-end. Will it be served on Monday?
On Tuesday? (Remember; it's an emergency.)
How about on Wednesday?
Should it have been served by Thursday morning?
By Thursday morning, wouldn't you be wondering just what the _ _ _ _ is going on at the McHenry County Sheriff's Department that a deputy can't make it ten miles to serve an Emergency Order of Protection on a person who is not in hiding?
This is just one Emergency Order of Protection. How many others are there that have not been served?