Everybody has the right to represent themselves in court.  However, please be aware filing any legal action can be a complicated procedure for those not trained in doing so.  The Circuit Clerk’s office recommends all litigants seek legal advice before filing any documents with the court.  Staff of the Circuit Clerk’s office are not attorneys and are strictly prohibited from providing legal advice under Title 28 U.S.C. Section 955.

Illinois Legal Aid

Illinois Legal Aid is a resource for self-represented persons to understand their legal options, make informed decisions, and when necessary represent themselves in court.  The site also provides a free form library that offers easy form programs to fill out the forms or download a blank form and use a pen.

 


 

Legal Answers

Need legal answers? Legal Answers is a secure website where low-income people can get free advice about their civil legal problems.  Answer a few questions to see if you qualify here.

 


 

Statewide Forms

The Illinois Supreme Court has set out a formal process for the development, review and approval of standardized forms in areas of law and practice where there is a high volume of self-represented litigants. The forms are more user-friendly and required to be accepted by all courts in the state.

 


 

Below are interactive forms that can be completed, printed for scanning or saved, and electronically filed, by attorneys or self-represented litigants to streamline the judicial process.  Please note that while we provide a number of forms for our filers, some documents are not standardized and must be created by the filer.

 

Clinton County Forms

Civil

Divorce/Family

Probate

General

Criminal/Traffic