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Our Legal Self-Help Centers make available correct and current information on Illinois law and court proceedings. A navigator is present during normal working hours to assist individuals with using the available computer and print resources. Be advised, Navigators and employees of the Circuit Clerk’s Office cannot give out legal advice or tell you which forms to fill out.

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 Ask the Court Nav[igator]!  A new service offered by the Winnebago County Self Help Center during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

To get help from the Self Help Center remotely, send your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Questions will be answered during normal business hours. The Self Help Legal Center provides general information about the legal system- like defining common legal words, identifying what types of forms to use, or generally explaining how the court process works. We can also refer you to legal resources or aid groups that may be able to provide you free or low cost help. If you need a foreign or sign language interpreter to use while in court, we can help find you one too. We cannot provide legal advice. This means we cannot tell you if you should bring a case to court or if the judge will rule in your favor.  If you need this type of help, consider getting a lawyer. We cannot represent you nor can we refer you to an attorney. 

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Visit one of our self-help centers in person, use our Online Self Help Center to the right or visit ILAO for more resources and information. 

Winnebago County Self-Help Center

Winnebago County Courthouse
400 West State Street, Room 304 (inside the law library)
Rockford, Illinois 61101
Navigator's Hours: 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday
815-319-4526 or AskTheCourtNav@gmail.com

Boone County Self-Help Center

Boone County Courthouse
601 North Main Street  (inside the law library)
Belvidere, Illinois 61008
Navigator's Hours: 10 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday
815-547-8083

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400 W State St
Rockford, IL 61101