If you have been arrested and charged with a crime in Will County, at some point you will have to report to Will County courthouse for a hearing. It is imperative to contact an aggressive Will County defense attorney if you receive a summons to court or have been charged with a criminal offense. Walking into court for your first hearing with an experienced criminal defense lawyer at your side is the most important step you can take to avoid the long-lasting consequences that a criminal conviction or sentence could potentially bring.
The Will County Criminal Court system is part of the 12th Judicial Circuit in Illinois. If you are accused of committing a crime in Will County, Illinois, you will be summoned to attend court in one of the various courthouses across the county. Most likely, your case will be heard at the Will County Main Courthouse in Joliet, but there are also number of smaller branch locations located in other cities of Will County.
We provide criminal defense representation to defendants who are summoned to appear at all courthouse locations in Will County, Illinois.
Will County's main courthouse is situated in the central downtown area of Joliet, at 14 W. Jefferson St., Joliet, IL 60432.
If you plan to drive to the main courthouse, there are several options for parking. Public parking is available in the courthouse parking lot just east of the Will County Courthouse or at the City of Joliet parking decks located on Ottawa Street or Scott Street, a few blocks north of the courthouse. There are also a limited number of street parking meters located around the Will County Courthouse.
When your court date arrives, it's important to be informed about courthouse policies and rules.
Will County Circuit Court prohibits bringing any recording devices, including cameras and any cell phone with a camera, into any judicial facility. This means that unless your cell phone does not have a camera, you cannot bring it into the courthouse.
In addition to the Main Courthouse, there are ten branch courts in Will County. When you receive a summons to court, it will inform you which courthouse you should report to.
The addresses and hours of the other Will County branch locations can be found below.
The Chief Judge for the Twelfth Circuit Court in Illinois is Richard C. Schoenstedt. In Will County, there are Circuit Judges and Associate Judges, whose names are listed below.
The Circuit Court Clerk's Office of Will County functions as a link between court participants, judges, attorneys, and court officials. If you need to pay a fine, file a legal document for a case, or obtain an official court form, you should report to the Circuit Court Clerk's Office. The Circuit Court Clerk in Will County is Andrea Lynn Chasteen.
The Clerk's office is located in Room 212 at the Main Courthouse, 14 W. Jefferson St., Joliet, Illinois. Except on court holidays, the Clerk's office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.
If you need to file a court motion, pleading or other legal document, you must do so in person at one of either at the Clerk's Office or at the Will County Annex, 57 N. Ottawa Street, or the River Valley Justice Center, 3208 W. McDonough St. Electronic copies of some court forms are available on the Will County Circuit Court Clerk's website.
Will County is also home to Will County Adult Detention Facility, which holds individuals awaiting trial or serving sentences of up to one year. In 2009, the original jail was expanded and now has the capacity to hold over 1000 inmates. The facility is located in downtown Joliet at 95 S Chicago St., Joliet IL 60436. It is situated just a few blocks from the Will County Courthouse.
Our firm has fought and won criminal cases for defendants in Will County for years. Whether you've been charged with DUI, domestic battery, or drug possession, don't wait to find a Will County criminal defense lawyer who will have your back. Call our offices at (312) 466-9466 for a free legal consultation.