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Expungement and Record Sealing Summit

What is the Expungement and Record Sealing Summit?

The Champaign County Circuit Clerk’s Office hosts an annual Expungment and Record Sealing Summit in partnership with many local organizations, including IL State Rep. Carol Ammons, IL State Sen. Scott Bennett, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, and many others.

The Summit is held on a Saturday in the fall, and is designed to provide free legal assistance to those who wish to clear their criminal records. Participants meet with volunteer attorneys who review their criminal history, advise them on what remedies they may apply for, and help prepare petitions. Qualified petitions are able to be filed for free on-site.

When and where is it?

The 2017 Expungment and Record Sealing Summit will be held at Stone Creek Church on Saturday, October 21st.

How can I register?

I am excited to announce that we have had an amazing response for our registration and have exceeded our number of registrations from 2016. Unfortunately, this also means that we have reached the capacity that the local departments have for fingerprinting. Since being able to have transcripts available is such an integral part of the expungement process we must suspend registration at this time. For anyone that has already registered but still needs to be fingerprinted, you may wish to visit Accurate Biometrics at Huntington Towers (201 W Springfield, Suite 207, Champaign, IL) Monday’s and Thursday’s from 9am to 5pm (closed for lunch from 12:30 to 1:30). Unfortunately, there will be a cost associated with this service by Accurate Biometrics.

If you have your transcripts but have yet to register, please contact my office and we will determine the next step. If you do not have your transcripts and have not already registered please contact my office at to be added to the waiting list. I ask that you email my office at cccircuitclerk@co.champaign.il.us so that we can best accommodate your requests.

Review any balances you may have on Champaign County cases, and whether or not you still have a pending case.

The law does allow for a judge to deny a petition if you have unpaid fines and fees. If you do not know whether or not you have a balance, please visit our online court case lookup system, or call 217-384-3725. Pending cases will affect your ability to qualify for criminal records relief. If you are still on probation, or have not completed the terms of your court supervision, you may not qualify for expungement or sealing.

I am an attorney or law student, and would like to volunteer, what should I do?

Wonderful! Please visit the attorney registration site, and complete the form. If you have any questions about MCLE, pro bono hours, or how the process will work, please contact Valerie McWilliams at Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation.