Circuit Clerk's Office
The Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court is a Constitutional Office. The Clerk is Elected on a Countywide Basis by the citizens of Rock Island County for a four-year term. The Circuit Clerk is a non-judicial office of the Judicial Branch of Illinois State government. The duties are set forth by Statute, Rules of the Supreme Court and Administrative Orders of the local Circuit Court.
The Clerk is responsible for maintaining a record of all traffic, civil, and criminal cases filed and heard in Rock Island County. On a daily basis, the office interacts with the public and attorneys performing several functions including the collection and disbursement of fines, fees and child support. The office is also responsible for recording filed documents and maintaining a record of all court proceedings. The Clerk is required to attend sessions of the Court, keep and preserve all records and files of the Court, issue process as required by law, and is the Keeper of the Seal of the Court. The Circuit Court handles every type of case from a traffic tickets to felony cases; from Small claims to large personal injury suits; from adoption to probate of an estate.
Over 60,000 new cases are filed each year. There are currently twelve (12) Circuit Judges and ten (10) associate Judges. Court is held in two satellite locations outside the Courthouse building. In 1999, the Circuit Clerk's Office processed collection of more than $21 million in fines, fees and child support payments.
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