Self-Representation

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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.

Filing Fees 

When you file a document with the court, you may be required to pay a fee. Whether you need to pay a fee- and the amount of that fee- depend on the type of case you are starting or the type of document you are filing. 

You can find an up-to-date list of filing fees here.

Fee Waiver

If you cannot afford the filing fees, you can request the court to cover the fees by applying for a Fee Waiver. 

You will need to fill out an application for a fee waiver and file this with the Clerk when you turn in your other paperwork. If your application is denied, the court will ask you to pay the fee. You can find the application online or in person at the Clerk’s office or Self-Help Center.

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