On November 25th Chief Judge Paul Gilfillan announced he would not seek or serve a third term as Chief Judge of the Tenth Judicial Circuit. His current term expires the first Monday of January, 2021. He will remain a circuit judge and presently presides in one of three Peoria County felony courts. He is Tazewell County’s only Resident Circuit Judge and spent his immediate prior six years as the presiding judge of that county, before being elected by his 9 circuit judge peers as Chief Judge in 2016.
“The past four years have been the highlight of my judicial career. There are so many moving parts in a five-county judicial system, but the professionals working within the courthouses, private attorneys, bar associations, and court connected agencies outside the courthouse have made this a rewarding, if challenging at times, experience.” Gilfillan said.
“I want to thank all judges, court administration/services, court reporters, circuit clerks, sheriffs, county boards and administrators, State's Attorneys, Public Defenders, and their staffs in the 10th Circuit for their collaboration in ensuring fair access and equal justice to all who appear in the 21 courtrooms of the 10th Circuit. We are fortunate to be living and working in Central Illinois and I have never taken that for granted.”
Per Tenth Circuit Local Rule, the 10 circuit judges will meet on December 9th for the purpose of electing a new chief judge, whose two-year term will begin January 4, 2021. The Tenth Circuit consists of Peoria, Tazewell, Marshall, Putnam and Stark Counties.