The circuit clerk is responsible for maintaining the records of court proceedings, both civil and criminal, in the county. They ensure that court documents are properly filed, indexed, and accessible to the public. The circuit clerk also manages court scheduling and summons juries for trials. Additionally, the circuit clerk collects and disburses court fines and fees, and provides administrative support to judges and other court staff.
You are able to pay your fines by credit or debit card. You can do so by visiting www.courtmoney.com or calling 1-800-352-9870. Please note there is a 3.5% processing fee. You will be required to have the following information to complete the payment:
Form number: 1052101-Shelby County Fines
As of January 2018, all civil filing must be filed electronically. The instructions for electronic filing are linked here: (I can provide the instructions whenever necessary)
All statewide approved forms can be accessed at: www.illinoiscourts.gov/documents-and-forms/approved-forms/
In the event you cannot appear in person for court, you have the ability to attend by Zoom. You can download the Zoom app on your smartphone, log on to www.zoom.us or call 1-312-626-6799. Our Zoom meeting information is as follows:
You can apply for a United States Passport at the Shelby County Circuit Clerk’s office. We are open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In order to complete the application process, you will need to have a passport photo, a certified copy of your birth certificate or your expired passport, driver’s license or state ID and two checks, money orders or cash.
The Clerk of the Circuit Court is not subject to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act 5 ILCS 140/1 et. seq.. Under section 140/2 “Definitions”, the statute excludes the Judicial Branch of government from coverage under the FOIA. The Clerk of the Circuit Court is a “non-judicial officer of the judiciary” and is therefore a member of the Judicial Branch of State Government. This exclusion has been confirmed by judicial decisions and opinions by the Illinois Attorney General. The records and files of the Court are public records and are open to the public. Exceptions would be Juvenile records, Adoption records, and records that are impounded or sealed by statute or court order.