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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 now have the option to complete Guide & File's Petition for Order of Protection interview.  This is a guided interview that automatically eFiles the petition and all necessary forms.  The Order of Protection office will then review all forms and contact the petitioner for next steps.  An alternative option is to 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 309-672-6984. 

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.

EVICTIONS: The enforcement of orders of eviction for residential premises have been stayed by the Governor through February 6, 2021.  If you are filing an eviction, please click here to read the IL Supreme Court's special rules regarding starting eviction cases.  Until the Governor's Executive Order expires, the filing of a complaint in any eviction case must be accompanied by the Plaintiff's Certification of Compliance with the Governor's Executive Order on Evictions.  

LAW LIBRARY/SELF-HELP CENTER:  In Peoria, the Law Library/Self-Help Center is open.  For those that wish to use the two computers for online research or completing forms and/or e-filing documents, please contact Court Administration (Rm. 215) at (309) 672-6084 or by email at legalselfhelpcenter@peoriacounty.org, for assistance and/or scheduling an appointment.  In addition, we are available to assist patrons over the phone and remotely by scheduling a Zoom meeting during the dates and times listed below.

Hours:

Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

You can also visit Illinois Legal Aid Online or Forms for Self-Represented Litigants 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 is open.  Go to our website for more information.

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.

GRAND JURY:  Grand Jury proceedings will continue in Peoria, Tazewell, Marshall, Putnam, and Stark Counties.

JURORS:  Per A.O. 2021-02, Jury trials for Peoria County will be limited to two potential trials per week and in the remaining Counties per schedule of the respective Presiding Judge.  Any courtroom judge requesting a jury trial to proceed will submit such case(s) to the Chief Judge in advance who will then prioritize which case has the number 1 setting and which case will be a back-up.  In-custody criminal cases will have priority over other cases.  All other trial requests will be continued.  To the extent speedy trial implications are involved, any such continuance, per Supreme Court Order M.R. 30370 and amendments thereto, will be excluded from speedy trial computations and statutory time restrictions applicable to shall be tolled until further Order of the Supreme Court.  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: Marriages in Peoria County will continue by video conference with instructions provided at time of license application, unless otherwise determined by the respective judge.  Marriages in the other courthouses may be scheduled as permitted by the respective judge and County/Circuit Clerk.  Unless otherwise Ordered, only the couple to be married will be allowed in the courthouse.  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 May 31, 2021.  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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