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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? How do I participate in a Virtual Court Proceeding?
 Where can I find help for a legal problem?  What are my duties as a  juror?  How are marriage and civil union ceremonies performed?
Reduced Court Operations Continue Print E-mail

To deal with concerns about the coronavirus, the 17th Circuit Court has extended its period of reduced operations until May 18, 2020, when it hopes to be able to resume normal operations.  The Court’s reduced operations eliminate all court proceedings, though the following matters are still being undertaken:


•   Filings may still be made with the Circuit Clerk, either online or in person.

•   Emergency orders of protection will still be received in the Clerk’s office or via an online portal at and be heard.

•   The Court will continue to hear matters which it deems essential and time sensitive.

•   All jury trials and bench trials are continued to no sooner than May 18, 2020. Hearings on orders of protection may be heard if the judge determines that the matter is urgent and time-sensitive.

•   Time-sensitive juvenile court matters will still be heard.

•   Emergency matters of a time-sensitive nature can still be heard.

•   Criminal court volume is significantly reduced.

•   The Court is open to hearing more matters via videoconference and telephone, and has already begun doing so.


Chief Judge Eugene Doherty said that the Court’s reduced activity is difficult, but necessary.  “Much of our focus has been on efficiency and timeliness, and it is not easy to give those objectives a lower priority.  However, we know that doing so is essential to public health.”                                                                      


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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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