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.

Types of Cases 

Criminal Cases

Criminal cases involve enforcing laws of Illinois. The State of Illinois is in charge of prosecuting individuals for violating those laws (i.e. committing a crime). Punishment can include fines, community service, probation or even prison. If criminal charges are brought against you, it is your Sixth Amendment Right to have an attorney represent you. If you do not have the money for a lawyer, the Court will appoint you one through The Public Defender's Office.

Civil Cases 

Civil cases involve conflicts between people or businesses. Examples of civil cases include family related matters (ex. divorce, child custody), lawsuits for money, landlord/tenant disputes, or when someone is trying to make another party do or stop doing something. 

If you need information or forms for a civil case, you can start by using the Case E-guides located under the Civil Case Resources section of the Self- Representation page, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visiting the Self-Help Center in person.

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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