Self-Help Information

Legal Self-Help Center

The free, online legal self-help center will help you find information about your legal rights and responsibilities, videos on what happens in court and some legal documents and forms which you can fill out and file.  If you are not working with an attorney, these sites, in addition to the legal self-help center, may help you navigate the legal system.

You can use the legal self-help center in the Law Library, which is located in the Peoria County Courthouse, Room 211 hours 8:30-5:00pm Monday- Friday. If you need assistance please call 309-672-6036 or go to Room 215, Court Administration. Also, check out the Tenth Judicial Circuit’s website for more information at https://www.10thcircuitcourtil.org/175/Self-Help-Information

Printed pages of documents are $0.20 per page, cash only, and can be picked up in Court Administration, Room 215.  We do not accept debit/credit cards.  If you have an order waiving court fees, please bring that order with you when picking up your photocopies.

Please be advised, navigators and employees cannot give out legal advice.

Illinois Free Legal Answers for Civil Appeals

Free Legal Answers, a national initiative of the American Bar Association, operates as a virtual legal advice clinic for civil legal issues. Self-represented litigants (those not represented by a lawyer) can submit a question about their civil appeal and have it answered by a pro bono lawyer. In Illinois, the program is administered by PILI and can be accessed at www.il.freelegalanswers.org. 

Illinois Court Help

Illinois Court Help connects individuals to the information they need to go to court. It’s a free service from the Illinois Courts. People can call or text 833-411-1121 to connect with a trained court guide who can provide up-to-date Illinois court information and answers to specific questions about the court process. Illinois Court Help guides will also connect people to the resources they need to go to court, from filing forms to accessing legal aid.

  • Call or text (833) 411-1121
  • Visit ilcourthelp.gov for hours of operation or more information

E-filing is required in Illinois

E-filing means that you give the court electronic documents instead of paper documents...Read more.


Search Courts and Jail Records

10th  Judicial Circuit – The Peoria County Circuit Court adopts the Supreme Court's Electronic Access Policy for Circuit Court Records of the Illinois Courts. Access to the electronic court record will be available consistent with this policy