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PEORIA COUNTY INFO

PEORIA COUNTY COURTHOUSE:  The Courthouse reopened to the public Monday, June 1, 2020.  However, phone and video conferencing for court matters will continue to be used by numerous judges for court business into the future.  Click here for information about remote hearings using Zoom.

ORDERS OF PROTECTION: All parties wanting to file an emergency order of protection must still complete the online petition and email it to Amanda Rodrick at arodrick@peoriacounty.org.  The Center for Prevention of Abuse’s Order of Protection office on the ground floor of the courthouse will not be open.

COURT HEARINGS:  Continue to use Online Court Records (portal) to check the status of your case and upcoming court dates. If your court date has been scheduled as a phone or video conference, you will see a "Order - Remote Hearing"  and should have received a copy of the instructions in the mail.  If you have a juvenile case or other confidential case type not visible on the portal, please contact either your caseworker or your attorney.  If you still have questions, contact the circuit clerk’s office at 309-672-6000. 

JUVENILE HEARINGS FOR COURTROOM 423 : For the following hearings scheduled in front of the judge presiding in Courtroom 423, out of custody matters will be held in person in the courthouse. Detention hearings for in custody juveniles will be conducted via Zoom and parents can either go to the Juvenile Detention Center or use Zoom if they want to attend these. Parties wanting to attend juvenile abuse and neglect shelter care hearings, can continue going to the Juvenile Detention Center throughout the month of December.

DOMESTIC RELATIONS COURTROOMS 322 and 323:  Evidentiary Hearings and Plenary Hearings will be held in person.  All other matters, such as, CMC’s, reviews, and pre-trials will be held via Zoom. Please see the Family Law Standing COVID Order June 2020.

EVICTIONS: The enforcement of orders of eviction for residential premises have been stayed by the Governor through October 22, 2020.

LAW LIBRARY/SELF-HELP CENTER:  The Law Library/Self-Help Center has reopened for limited in-person access.   Those attorneys and patrons that wish to use the Law Library and computers for online research or completing forms and/or e-filing documents may do so by appointment only for 30 minute sessions. Due to social distancing requirements, there will only be one computer for attorneys and one for patrons to reserve. In addition, the navigator is available to assist patrons over the phone and remotely by scheduling a Zoom meeting during the dates and times listed below. We ask that you contact the Law Library at (309) 672-6084 or by email at legalselfhelpcenter@peoriacounty.org, for assistance and/or scheduling the remote or in-person appointments. For all patrons that are in the courthouse and need assistance, please go to Court Administration, Rm. 215. 

Navigator hours:

Monday and Fridays 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9:00 to Noon

You can also visit Illinois Legal Aid Online to prepare forms and get assistance with e-filing, go to Illinois Free Legal Answers for legal advice, or call Prairie State Legal Services new Victims Legal Advice Line.  

VISITATION CENTER @ CRITTENTON CENTER:  The Visitation Center reopened July 10th.  Before using the Center, please carefully read the COVID-19 Guidelines which can be found here.

FORECLOSURE MEDIATION: Mediations will be handled remotely until further notice.  Remote hearing notices have been mailed out with the instructions for using Zoom to participate.  If you have further questions, please call 309-672-6036.

JURORS:  Per A.O. 2020-15, Peoria will conduct two jury trials per week. Jurors will go through a screening process in the jury commission office.  For Peoria petit jury service, call the phone number on your summons after 5pm on the Friday before your assigned week of jury duty.  Please refer to our Reporting Instructions for more information.

MARRIAGES: Effective Monday, July 6, all weddings will now be conducted by video conference with instructions provided at time of license application. The County Clerk is allowing parties to obtain a marriage license using an online process.  Parties wanting to get married should call the Circuit Clerk’s Civil Division at 309-672-6984 to schedule the wedding.  

HOW TO PAY FINES: To reduce public in the courthouse, the Peoria County Circuit Clerk has several options for making payments of court fines and fees.   

WEEKEND JAIL SENTENCES:  All parties must now report to the Peoria County Jail for all sentencing obligations.  These are no longer being suspended due to COVID-19.

CASA: Abuse and neglect increase during times of crisis. CASA has converted the training of CASA volunteers to a Virtual and On-Line Classroom curriculum.  Click here to see how to become a CASA volunteer from the comfort of your home.

ICC CHILDREN FIRST PROGRAM:  ICC has cancelled all in-person classes through the end of 2020.  Therefore, the 10th Circuit will continue to accept the online class offered by Online Parenting Programs.  This will be the only online class accepted.  Please click here for more information.

PEORIA COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE: The Peoria County Public Defender’s office looks forward to continuing its work on behalf of clients while complying with all relevant Administrative Orders and guidelines to ensure the safety of both clients and attorneys, including wearing masks and exercising proper social distancing. Clients are encouraged to check the courthouse website to ensure they are in compliance with necessary protocols prior to arriving in person for court hearings and should ensure their contact information is accurate and up-to-date with their attorney and the Circuit Clerk. Future court dates can be found on the portal or by calling the Circuit Clerk’s office at 309-677-6243. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time. Thank you. 

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