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If you know the courtroom, please email the court clerk. Otherwise, please call the circuit clerk's office at 309-672-6000.
Select the Juror eResponse System link. You may want to save this address in your Favorites. Enter the candidate ID number on the questionnaire and your zip code and click on the log in button. Review additional information on the Jury Questionnaire page. If you have any problems, call 309-672-6076.
After completing jury service, you should not be called to service again for a period of 1 year from the date you last served. If you are summoned again within this time period, simply call the jury commission office at 309-672-6076 to be excused.
Because jury service is a random selection, it is not possible to volunteer.
After a jury panel is selected and is taken to the courtroom, a process known as voir dire begins. During voir dire, the judge and attorneys will ask jurors questions to see if you can keep and open mind and be fair. After the juror has been questioned, the juror will either be selected or excused from that particular case. If a juror is selected, you will then receive instructions from the judge as to what is expected of you. Those jurors, who were not selected, will return to the jury assembly room and wait for another jury trial to start.
Every year the Jury Commission office receives a list of names that have been randomly selected from drivers license, voter s registration, and Illinois ID card. This list is obtained from the AOIC (Administrative Office of Illinois Courts) in Springfield, Illinois. These names are then combined into one master list and names are randomly selected to receive a juror questionnaire. When the questionnaire is returned, the jury commissioners then qualify potential jurors. Once qualified the jurors are randomly selected to receive a jury summons.
Avoid reading, listening, or watching media accounts of trials that may be scheduled during your term of service.
No, according to Illinois law, "An employer may not deny an employee time off for jury duty. No employer shall discharge, threaten to discharge, intimidate or coerce and employee by reason of the employees jury service, or the attendance or scheduled attendance in connection with such service..." 705 ILCS 304/4.1(a) Remember to provide your employer with a copy of your summons immediately upon receiving the summons.
Your duty as a juror is to weigh all the evidence and testimony presented to you and decide the outcome of the case based upon the law and the evidence. Your decision must be fair, impartial, and free of any bias or prejudice. Jury service is the basis of our judicial system and is essential to the administration of justice.
There are two basic types of cases: criminal cases and civil cases.
The differences between the two are as follows:
To qualify as a juror you must be:
About the Commission The Jury Commission is established by Illinois Compiled Statute. The Jury Commission consists of three commissioners who are appointed by the Circuit Court. Each serves a three-year term, on a rotating basis.
Duties The duties of the commissioners are outlined by Illinois Compiled Statutes pertaining to obtaining a random selection of Peoria County citizens to serve as jurors. The jury manager is appointed by the Circuit Court in conjunction with the commissioners. The purpose of the Jury Commission is to provide the jurors necessary to serve the needs of the Circuit Court, and the state's attorney of Peoria County in a manner strictly outlined by Illinois Compiled Statutes.
The functions of the office of the Jury Commission are:
These duties are accomplished in a fair manner to minimize the intrusion of jury duty into the lives of the citizens of Peoria County.
There are a variety of vending machines for soft drinks and food available on the ground floor of the courthouse. There are also several restaurants close by. In the jury assembly room, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are available to the jurors. There is also a refrigerator and microwave if you wish to bring your lunch. There are telephones located in the jury assembly room that are available for juror use.
Events in a trial usually happen in a particular order, although the judge may change the order.
Here is the usual order of events:
As of September 22, 2016, petit and grand jurors are paid $15 day and .10 cents per mile. The Coroners jurors are paid. $15 a day and .10 cents a mile. Juror checks are mailed out within 14 days of your last day of service.
Jurors should dress appropriately in keeping with courtroom decorum.
Any person charged with a criminal offense or any party in a civil case has the right to a trial by jury. All parties are equal before the law and each is given the same fair and impartial treatment.
You will receive a proof of service for your employer once you have completed your jury service.
The United States Constitution and the Illinois Constitution guarantee all people regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, or economic status the right to trial a trial by an impartial jury of one's peers. In order to uphold this guarantee, we need those summoned to participate in the jury process to ensure every citizens right to have their case decided by an impartial jury selected from a representative pool of prospective jurors.
In order to serve as a juror you must be 18 years old. However, there is no maximum age at which you are no longer qualified to serve as a juror.
No, but we can assist by giving you Blacks Law Dictionary.
Yes, it is. Roughly 50% of our patrons are pro se, meaning "ones own behalf; appearing for oneself".
The law library is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. only. No weekend or evening hours.
To locate additional information, you can research the Illinois Compiled Statutes, which contains all Illinois law.
The law library contains:
The public uses the law library for various problems such as:
The law library is located on the second floor of the Peoria County courthouse in Room 211.
If you cannot find metered street parking, there are parking garages located on:
No, however, most public libraries carry some legal publications such as state statutes. You can access the Legal Self-Help Legal Center at public libraries in Peoria County.
The librarian is not an attorney, and is therefore limited in the assistance that they can provide to patrons. The librarian can direct you to the Legal Self-Help Center or the form books so that you can determine the forms you may need.
As in the past, impounded cases are kept confidential and not available on the portal, even if you are the attorney of record.
Yes. You can submit multiple documents in one filing. Once the first document is uploaded and you save changes there is a button that says 'add another filing'. When you click this button it allows you to select the appropriate Filing code and other details for your next document. Also, please make sure the naming convention of the document accurately depicts what you are filing: Parenting plan, Financial Affidavit, Rule to Show Cause, etc. These names are what will appear on the case when the Judge reviews.
For exhibits that are part of a pleading, you will eFile the exhibit as an attachment to the document you are filing.
Each law firm will eFile over their summons. An email will come back to you with a link that will allow you to bring up the document, print it out and give to process server. We will no longer be utilizing the folders in the Clerks office.
When a document has been eFiled, you will receive an email stating that your filing was submitted. Once the filing has been accepted in the Clerk's Office, it will be admitted to the case.
Ways to see your filing include:
We are encouraging every firm to sign up for the Peoria County Portal to retrieve the documents they need.
Just as in the past, the original will needs to be filed for safe keeping with the Circuit Clerks office. When eFiling a new Probate Case. You will simply eFile a copy of the will (with stamp and will number on it) as an attachment to your petition.
Yes! It is very important to carefully choose the appropriate code prior to submitting your filing. Filing codes have been configured to have specific behaviors depending on what code you select. Petitions and other document that do not require the Judges signature, will be date stamped and put on the case as well as our public portal immediately. Proposed orders will be carefully reviewed by the clerk and once accepted will be routed to the Judge for signature. Selecting the wrong filing code may result in a rejection by the Circuit Clerks office, which would delay your filing.
There are three components to our e-Initiatives:
Today, many of the attorney offices email the court clerks to get dates and other information. We see that being the best way to communicate and request dates outside the courtroom.
Yes, upon completion of the filing you will be given the opportunity to print out a receipt. However, your card will not be charged until the filing is accepted.
Here is the language from the AOIC on timing of eFiling: Upon Submission of an eFiled document, the filer will receive an email with a confirmation of their transaction. This will serve as proof of submission. A document will be considered timely submitted if eFiled before midnight on or before the date on which the document is due. A document submitted electronically after midnight or on a day when the Clerk's office is not open for business will, unless rejected, be file stamped as filed on the next day the clerk's office is open for business. In the event the Clerk rejects a submitted document, the document will not be filed and the registered user will receive an electronic notification of the reason(s) for the rejection.
Any filing that would have normally been submitted over the counter in the Circuit Clerks office is a candidate for eFiling. All orders and/or court documents that would have previously been created by grabbing a form off the table in the courtroom is when the eCourt process would be used. Then go back to your office and log into the Portal and view or print the signed orders from the convenience of your office. If you eFile something that you intend to be reviewed and signed during court you should file no later than 48 hours ahead AND make a note on the filing when your court date/time is. OR there will be a chance it will not be available.
Pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 415, defense counsel must keep possession and control of discovery in his exclusive custody. However, if you would like to review your discovery, you may schedule an appointment with your Public Defender to do so.
You may speak to a public defender about your case anytime after that attorney has been appointed as your public defender, but not before.
No. you may not speak with a public defender about your case if you are represented by another attorney. If you cannot afford to pay your attorney and wish to have a public defender appointed, you must notify the judge as soon as possible. However, this does not automatically entitle you to the appointment of a public defender.
You may be required to pay a fee for the legal services of your Public Defender. The amount of your fee will be determined by the judge and is the product of several factors, including your ability to pay. Bear in mind that almost all Public Defender fees, no matter how large, will be less than the cost of a private attorney.
You may contact the Circuit Clerks Office at 309-672-6000 or use the online case search tool which will tell you the name of the public defender assigned to your case.
At your first appearance, if you qualify as indigent after being screened by the judge presiding over your case, you may be appointed a public defender. Only the judge has the authority to appoint the public defender and a public defender cannot assist you with your case until her or she has been appointed by the judge. If you do not qualify for a public defender, you will be required to hire private counsel or you may represent yourself.
Yes. All Public Defenders and Assistant Public Defenders are attorneys licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois.
If you believe you have an active warrant, you should contact your attorney immediately to attempt to address the outstanding warrant. If you do not have an attorney assigned to your case, you may contact the Circuit Clerks office at 309-672-6000 for further information concerning the amount of your bond and procedure for posting bond.
The jury process can require a juror to wait a considerable amount of time. For this reason, jurors are encouraged to bring a book or other forms of reading materials with them to the jury assembly room. Cellular phones, pagers, and computers are allowed in the jury assembly room but are not permitted in the courtroom.
Petit jurors serve one week or until an assigned trial is completed. Grand jurors serve 90 days and meet every Tuesday for three months.
You will need to call the pre-recorded message at 309-366-1247 the evening before the date you have been summoned to appear. This message will tell you which panel numbers have to report and what time you should report. You may not be required to report each day but you must call the recorded message each evening after 5 p.m. during your week of jury service for reporting instructions regarding the next day of service. If an illness or emergency prevents your attendance, you are required to call the Jury Commission office at 309-672-6076 between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m.
Peoria County Jury Commission
Peoria County Courthouse
324 Main Street
Peoria, IL 61602
Telephone Number : 309-672-6076
Fax Number : 309-495-5009
Telephone Number for reporting instructions 309-366-1247
Parking is available at the Chase Bank/Riverview Plaza parking deck located at 124 NE Madison Ave. or the Hamilton Square (Peoria County) parking deck located at 314 Hamilton Blvd.
You will receive a parking ticket upon entering the decks and you must bring the parking ticket with you for validation.
Off street parking could result in your vehicle being ticketed. Parking violations issued to jurors during jury service are the responsibility of the juror.
Click here for directions to the parking decks.