The justice system is an essential government function.    In advance of the statewide shelter in place order, the Court took action to reduce its activity to only essential functions.  The Winnebago County and Boone County Courts of the 17th Judicial Circuit remain open to address only essential matters / emergency hearings.  


Court Operations Effective June 1, 2020:

Administrative Order 2020-21  

Criminal Division Schedule

Questions about the status of scheduled cases may be addressed with the proper office of the Circuit Clerk:

Winneabgo County Circuit Clerk Telephone: 815-319-4500

Boone County Circuit Clerk Telephone: 815-544-0371   


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Online Emergency Protective Orders         Virtual Court Proceedings



General Order 1.03 - Procedures for Contagious Conditions

Administrative Order 2020-21 - Proceedures for all Case Types Effective June 1, 2020

Administrative Order 2020-19 - Procedures for Foreclosure Mediation Program

Administrative Order 2020-16 - Authorization for Online Class Participation

Administrative Order 2020-15 - Procedures for Agreed Extensions of Emergency Orders of Protection

Administrative Order 2020-06 - Limitations on Attendance of Proceedings

Standing Order Applicable to Boone County Civil cases, Effective March 18, 2020


Closures & Cancellations:

Winnebago County Kids' Place Facilities are Closed

Children's Safe Harbor Temporarily Supervised Visitation and Exhange Services are now operating under a modified and temporary exchange process.