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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.  

Activity Reduction Measures Through April 20, 2020:

With the exception of orders of protection and stalking/no contact orders, all civil and family court hearings prior to April 20, 2020, are cancelled.  The court retains the ability to entertain emergency matters.     See Administrative Order 2020-08

Criminal and juvenile courtrooms will be reduced to essential, time-sensitive matters until April 20, 2020; the process of identifying those case will be managed individually in each courtroom in an orderly manner.   See Administrative Order 2020-09

Winnebago County Consolidated Criminal, Civil and Family Court Schedule Effective March 30, 2020.


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   


For Jurors           For General Public          Press Releases  

Online Emergency Protective Orders



General Order 1.03 - Procedures for Contagious Conditions 

Administrative Order 2020-16 - Authorization for Online Class Participation

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

Administrative Order 2020-14 - Suspension of Trials Prior to May 18, 2020

Administrative Order 2020-09 - Procedures for Criminal Division and Juvenile Division

Administrative Order 2020-08 - Procedures for Civil Division and Family Division

Administrative Order 2020-06 - Limitations on Attendance of Proceedings

Standing Order Applicable to Courtroom 412, 426, and 209 Status Calls, Effective March 18, 2020

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


Closures & Cancellations:

Winnebago County Kids' Place Facilities are Closed March 19, 2020 thru April 20, 2020. 

Children's Safe Harbor Temporarily Suspending Supervised Visitation and Exhange Services 3/17/2020 thru 4/8/2020.

All school tours scheduled through the Court Administration Office. 

"First Step - How to become a Court Reporter Classes" are canceled and being rescheduled.

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