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The mission of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court is to serve the public
by providing access to a fair and efficient system of justice in accordance with the law that fosters public trust and confidence.
Winnebago County Courthouse
400 W. State Street
Rockford, IL 61101
Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center
650 W. State Street
Rockford, IL 61102
 Winnebago County Juvenile Justice Center
211 S. Court Street
Rockford, IL 61101
Boone County Courthouse
601 N. Main Street
Belvidere, IL 61008

The Statement of Professional Aspirations for the Legal Profession in the 17th Judicial Circuit

  Information Guide: 

 When and where is my next court date?  Are court forms available online?  Is child care available at the courthouse?
 Where can I find help for a legal problem?  What are my duties as a  juror?  How are marriage and civil union ceremonies performed?
Notice of Vacancy - 17th Circuit Associate Judge Print E-mail

Joseph G. McGraw, Chief Judge of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit is pleased to announce that the Illinois Supreme Court has authorized the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court to post a notice of vacancy for an Associate Judgeship.  This vacancy is the result of the planned retirement of Associate Judge Fernando L. Engelsma, effective December 8, 2017.

Judge Engelsma was appointed as an Associate Judge on March 29, 2005.  He has been assigned in both Winnebago County and Boone County where he has presided over felony, juvenile delinquency, and juvenile abuse and neglect cases. Since February 2012, he has been assigned in the Felony Division in Winnebago County.

Judge Engelsma has presided over numerous complex criminal matters during his time on the bench.  He is a mindful and principled jurist who throughout his career has carried out his duties with great care and compassion as justice requires. As a judge who steadily upholds the dignity of judicial office, he will be missed by his fellow judges. An announcement as to a retirement reception for Judge Engelsma will be made at a later date. 

The application period for the current vacancy will remain open until October 5, 2017. Please see the attached Notice of Vacancy for Associate Judgeship.

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Frontpage Directory

Winnebago County
  • Circuit Clerk                (815) 319-4500
  • Sheriff's Department (815) 319-6000
  • State's Attorney           (815) 319-4700
  • Public Defender           (815) 319-4900
  • Adult Probation           (815) 319-6250
  • Juvenile Probation      (815) 516-2700
  • Arbitration Center        (815) 987-7739
  • Jury Commission       (815) 319-4880
Boone County
  • Circuit Clerk                   (815) 544-0371
  • Sheriff's Department   (815) 544-9322
  • State's Attorney             (815) 544-0868
  • Public Defender            (815) 547-5400
  • Probation Department (815) 544-9806
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