Will County Criminal Courthouse

Will County Criminal Court

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.

Useful Will County Criminal Court Information

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 Main Courthouse Information and Rules

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.

Will County Courthouse Branch Locations

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.

  • Will County Court Annex: 57 N. Ottawa, Joliet, IL 60432
  • River Valley Justice Center -- Full service branch office (Closed Noon - 1:00 p.m.) 3208 West McDonough Joliet, IL 60431
  • Nicholson Archive Center -- No Court. Record Services Only. (Closed 12:00 p.m. -- 1:00 p.m.) 806 N. Nicholson Joliet, IL 60435 *Appointment Only* Monday - Wednesday (closed on Thursdays and Fridays).
  • Bolingbrook Branch Court -- Court only. No services. Town Hall and Police Department 375 West Briarcliff Road Bolingbrook, IL 60440
  • Braidwood Branch Court -- Court only. No services. Police Department 141 W. Main St. Braidwood, IL.
  • Lockport Branch Court -- Court only. No services. City Hall Building 222 East 9th Street Lockport, IL
  • Peotone Branch Court -- Court only. No services. Will County Fair Grounds / Will County Atrium 712 West Street Peotone, IL MAP Directions: Route 52 to S. State St., turn right on Route 45, turn left on W. Wilmington Rd., turn left on S. West St.
  • Plainfield Branch Court -- Court only. No services. Police Department 14300 S. Coil Plus Dr., Plainfield, Il 60544. Plainfield, IL
  • Frankfort Branch Court -- Court only. No services. Frankfort Township Old Hall 11008 W. Lincoln Hwy. Frankfort, IL 60423.
  • Wilmington Branch Court -- Court only. No services. City Hall. 1165 South Water Street Wilmington, IL.

Will County Criminal Court Judges

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.

  • Circuit judges: Amy M. Bertani-Tomczak, Susan T. O'Leary, Carla Alessio-Policandriotes, Michael J. Powers, David Carlson, Daniel Rippy, James Jeffrey Allen, Daniel Kennedy, John Anderson, Sarah-Marie F. Jones, Paula A. Gomora, Carmen Goodman, Barbara N. Petrungaro, Raymond E. Rossi
  • Associate Judges: Dinah J. Archambeault, Brian E. Barrett, Matthew G. Bertani, Bennett J. Braun, Robert P. Brumund, Edward A. Burmila, Jr., M. Thomas Carney, Jessica Colon-Sayre, Elizabeth Dow, David Garcia, Chrystel L. Gavlin, Frederick V. Harvey, Theodore J. Jarz, Victoria M. Kennison, Cory D. Lund, Raymond A. Nash, Roger D. Rickmon, Art Smigelski, Ken Zelazo

Will County Criminal Court Clerk's Office

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 Criminal Jail

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.

Find a Will County Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

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.

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