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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

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 Where can I find help for a legal problem?  What are my duties as a  juror?  How are marriage and civil union ceremonies performed?
NCSC Completes Efficiency Study of the Winnebago County Circuit Court Print E-mail

The National Center for State Courts has completed its efficiency and operations review of the Circuit Court of Winnebago County.  The study, which was almost entirely grant funded, was requested by the Court to ensure that it was following best practices in a variety of areas, most notably criminal case processing.


The study identified a number of challenges to efficient processing of criminal cases, including the following:


  • The pretrial discovery process, an area in which “delay often occurs in courts nationwide.”
  • “High personnel turnover in both prosecution and public defense law offices attributed to limited staffing and low compensation levels.”
  • The need for certainty in jury trial dates. 


Working with the Court’s criminal division judges, the study identified a number of potential strategies designed to overcome these challenges, including the following:


  • Implementation of case management orders.
  • Promoting plea cut-off dates in concert with the State’s Attorney.
  • Development of a continuance policy to guide expectations.
  • Supporting initiatives toward electronic discovery exchange and subpoenas.


“We appreciate receiving the assistance of the National Center,” said Chief Judge Eugene Doherty.  “We had begun work on some of these concepts even before receiving this report.  It is encouraging to know that the national experts feel we are on the right track.”  Doherty indicated that the Court would move methodically to address and implement the measures suggested in full collaboration with its criminal justice partners in the offices of the State’s Attorney and Public Defender.


A full copy of the study is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Chief Judge via This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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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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