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View a Court File

File Viewing Room

Any time during the regular courthouse hours of operation, you may visit the file viewing room in the Circuit Clerk’s Office to view files. The file viewing room provides space to view paper court files, digital files, and microfilm of the oldest court cases. Circuit Clerk staff are glad to assist you, and can make copies of documents for a small fee.

Rules for using the File Viewing Room are as follows:

  • Please do not take files apart; leave all documents tacked down. Do not remove any documents from the file.
  • Materials are provided for you to mark the pages you would like copied.
  • If you need copies of a document, place a paperclip on the bottom of the pages to be copied. The cost for copies is $1.00 for the first page, and 50¢ for each additional page.
  • Do not write on or otherwise deface documents in the court file. If you do, you may be charged with a crime.
  • Taking pictures of or scanning documents is prohibited. Please ask a staff member for assistance if you would like copies. For you protection, the File Viewing Room is under 24 hour video surveillance.
  • Some documents are available to view on microfilm. Please speak with Circuit Clerk staff for instructions.
  • Circuit Clerk staff are not attorneys and cannot interpret documents for you.

What Can I See? What Information is Not Public Record?

The majority of case files are available to the public. The following case types are the exception:

  • Adoption Cases
  • Juvenile Abuse and Neglect Cases
  • Juvenile Delinquency Cases
  • Expunged or Sealed Cases
  • Cases involving juvenile victims
  • Sexual Assault Cases (by Champaign County Administrative Order)
  • Eavesdropping Cases
  • Cases that have been impounded by judicial order

 

Within a public court file, there may also be restricted documents. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Financial Statements
  • Medical Records
  • Mental Health Records
  • Social Security Numbers and other Personal Identity Information

What Makes a Complete Court File?

Below you will find a short description of what you will find in a typical court file:

Criminal Cases

  • Docket Sheet
  • Charging Documents
  • Record of Proceedings on Arraignment

Traffic Cases

  • Uniform Citation
  • Signed Plea of Guilty
  • Report of Court Disposition

Civil Cases

  • Complaint
  • Answer
  • Motions

 What You Will Not Find in a Court File

  • Transcipts (Must be obtained from Court Reporter)
  • Police Reports (Must be obtained from Police Department)
  • Evidence or Exhibits

 

How Much Do Copies Cost?

Copies are available at the rate of $1.00 for the first page, .50 for each subsequent page up to 20 pages, and an additional .25 for each page after that. There is an additional $2.00 fee per certification if you would like the documents certified. We accept cash, checks, money orders and cashier’s checks as forms of payment.