PEORIA COUNTY INFO
PEORIA COUNTY COURTHOUSE: The Courthouse will be re-opening to the public beginning Monday, June 1, 2020. However, phone and video conferencing for court matters will continue and be the preferred method of conducting court.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 DETENTION HEARINGS: Parents or guardians should go to the Juvenile Detention Center if they want to attend these hearings.
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 the end of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation, which is currently June 27, 2020.
LAW LIBRARY/SELF-HELP CENTER: Closed until further notice. If you have questions or need help e-filing, please call 309-672-6084. If your call is not answered, please leave a message and your call will be returned within 24 hours. 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. The online legal research available in our Law Library can also now be accessed by patrons while they shelter in place.
VISITATION CENTER @ CRITTENTON CENTER: The Visitation Center is closed until further notice.
FORECLOSURE MEDIATION: Mediation will be handled remotely for the month of June. If you have further questions, please call 309-672-6036.
JURORS: To start, Jury Trial(s) in June in Peoria will be limited to one potential trial per week out of precaution for prospective jurors. 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. If you were summoned for grand jury services for the 2nd quarter (April-June) you are excused from jury service, nothing further is required of you. Please refer to our Reporting Instructions for more information.
MARRIAGES: Marriages in Peoria County will be by video conference with instructions provided at time of license application, unless otherwise determined by the respective judge. Unless otherwise Ordered, only the couple to be married will be allowed in the courthouse for June. The County Clerk is allowing parties to obtain a marriage license using an online process. Parties wanting to get married at the courthouse should call the Circuit Clerk’s Civil Division at 309-672-6984 to schedule the wedding. Keep in mind all Administrative Orders and the Governor’s Executive Order regarding face coverings and social distancing still apply.
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: Any sentence under 30 days to the Peoria County Jail is hereby suspended until further notice. The Sheriff may notify any defendant to whom this Order applies of a new report date sent to the last known address of such defendant by regular mail. All defendants have an obligation to notify the Sheriffs office and Circuit Clerk’s office of a change of address. Any sentence 30 days or over to the Peoria County Jail must still be served as provided in the sentencing Order.
CASA: Abuse and neglect increase during times of crisis. CASA is converting their training to Virtual Classrooms, with the help of National CASA, so folks can use this time at home to become a CASA volunteer.
ICC CHILDREN FIRST PROGRAM: ICC has cancelled all in-person classes through the end of the summer. Therefore, the 10th Circuit will now 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.