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Rock Island County Court Records

Rock Island County court records are documents or files generated during court proceedings in Rock Island County, Illinois. These records include the documents pertaining to the complaint or indictment, pleadings, motions, orders, trial transcripts, jury verdicts, and associated materials.

The judicial system of Rock Island County maintains court records for future reference. Judges and lawyers may refer to these documents to ensure that parties in the case are following proper legal procedures. Court records also provide evidence that a particular action took place and can be considered evidence in a hearing or judicial proceeding.

Are Court Records Public in Rock Island County?

Yes. Rock Island court records are public records. According to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, court records are accessible to the public upon request. Interested individuals can request to view or obtain records from county custodians. However, not all Rock Island court records are accessible to the public. The county court may restrict certain records if their disclosure may endanger an individual/group or threaten procedural fairness.

Rock Island County Court Records Search

Interested members of the public may conduct a Rock Island County court record search by querying the office of the court clerk in the courthouse where the case was heard. Queries may be made in person or via mail through any online resources available to inquirers. In any case, requestors must be able to provide the necessary details to facilitate a search, e.g., name, case number, and filing date.

Rock Island County Court Records Search by Name

Name-based court records searches are the most frequently adopted option for performing a court record search. Interested members of the public may perform a Rock Island County court records search by name using the Judicial search tool maintained by the Circuit Clerk's Office. Alternatively, they may visit the Circuit Clerk's Office during business hours and use the public-access computer terminal to view court case information. Name-based record requests may also be submitted via mail or fax.

Rock Island County Courts

The Rock Island County local court system comprises the Circuit Court and the Municipal Code Enforcement System. The Rock Island Circuit Court adjudicates all criminal and civil cases in the county, while the Municipal Code Enforcement System holds administrative hearings for civil cases involving violations of municipal ordinances. These cases include police-issued city ordinance tickets, building violations, fire code violations, pet violations, etc. The addresses and contact information of the county's courts are as follows:

Rock Island County Circuit Court
Rock Island County Courthouse
210 15th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201
Phone: (309) 558-3538
Fax: (309) 786-3029

 

Rock Island County Circuit Court – Criminal Division
Rock Island County Justice Center
1317 3rd Avenue
Suite 101
Rock Island, IL 61201
Phone: (309) 558-3538

 

Municipal Code Enforcement System (MUNICES)
1504 3rd Avenue
Rock Island, IL 61201
Phone: (309) 793-6302, extension 149.

Rock Island County District Court Case Search

Rock Island County is in the Fourth District Appellate Court in Illinois. The Appellate Court of each district has the authority to hear appeals from the circuits within that district. Consequently, the Appellate Court Clerk's office is the custodian of records related to cases adjudicated in this court.

Interested parties may view or obtain District Court case records from the court clerk's office in person or online. However, according to the Fourth Appellate Court Rules, the Court Clerk's office will not produce paper copies of certified records on appeal. Individuals may request reproductions of other documents filed with the Appellate Court Clerk. If the request is granted, the court will provide reproductions at $0.25 per page.

The Appellate Court Clerk's office also has a public-access computer terminal that allows individuals to view publicly available documents. However, information in the court's internal case management system, including internal electronic court communications and internal administrative documents, will not be printed or provided to the public.

4th District Appellate Clerk's Office
201 West Monroe Street
Springfield, IL 62704
Phone: (217) 782-2586

Rock Island County Circuit Court Records

The Rock Island County Circuit Court handles criminal and civil cases. The Clerk's Office provides an online service for viewing available court case information. To access the Case Search System, the requester must have an account and may enter the case number in the CASE field. The case history information, including updates on court hearing dates, will appear on the screen.

Similarly, public access terminals are available at the self-represented litigant center for easy access to electronic court files.

Rock Island County Clerk's Office
1504 Third Avenue
First Floor
Rock Island, IL 61201
Phone: (309) 558-3569

Rock Island County Criminal Records

According to 20 ILCS 2635/1 et seq, Rock Island County Criminal Records are public records. However, the law permits only conviction information to be made available to the public.

Interested persons may request a name-based criminal record check from the Illinois State Police (ISP). The ISP maintains a Criminal History Information Response Portal (CHIRP) that inquirers can use to view or request records. This service costs $16 for mail-in requests and $10 for online searches.

Rock Island County Criminal Court Case Lookup

The Circuit Clerk's Office provides a search tool on the website that allows the public to access current criminal court case information. Case information is obtainable through the JUDICI Case Search System. Requesters can conduct a case search by inputting the names and case numbers in the case field.

Get Rock Island County Civil Court Records

Civil Court records contain information pertaining to civil court cases in the county's courts. These records include those pertaining to housing, evictions, personal injury, contracts, administrative review, and Illinois liens.

Interested individuals can also access Rock Island County Civil Court Records in person or by mail. Visit the Circuit Clerk's Office or send a request to the alert to obtain these court records. The requestor must provide relevant information, such as names and dates. Each page costs 25 cents; however, certified copies may incur extra fees.

Rock Island County Clerk's Office
1504 Third Avenue
First Floor
Rock Island, IL 61201
Phone: (309) 558-3569

Rock Island County Family Court Records

Illinois Family Courts are a division of the State Circuit Courts and excercise jurisdiction over domestic relations issues and family matters. Members of the public may view family court records. However, this right to access is not absolute. Illinois state law restricts access to certain Family Court Records, including all juvenile and adoption records.

The various types of law cases heard in the family court include:

  • Divorce
  • Adoption
  • Child support
  • Paternity
  • Emancipation
  • Domestic abuse
  • Juvenile abuse, neglect, and delinquency
  • Spousal support
  • Custody and visitation.

The Circuit Court Clerk maintains all family court records filed in the county and accepts in-person and mail requests for these records. The requester must include the case number, party's name, correct year, case type, and others.

Mailing Address:
1317 3rd Avenue
Suite 101
Rock Island, IL 61201
Phone: (309) 558-3538
Fax: (309) 786-3029

Rock Island County Dissolution of Marriage Records

Interested members of the public may obtain certified copies of the dissolution of marriage records from the Rock Island County Clerk's office, where the court granted the dissolution of marriage. The Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Vital Records Office (IDPH) also processes mail-in requests for these records within 3 business days.

To request the records via mail, submit the complete Application for Verification of Dissolution of Marriage in PDF format to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Alternatively, requesters may send a letter containing the names of the subjects, their birth dates, as well as the date and location of the dissolution of marriage. This service costs $5, payable by certified check or money order.

Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Vital Records
925 E. Ridgely Avenue
Springfield, IL 62702-2737

The Illinois Division of Vital Records is responsible for verifying facts of a dissolution of marriage that took place from 1962 till date. All verifications in person, by fax, and by mail may cost $5.

Requests can be faxed to (217) 523-2648 and must include the application to verify dissolution of marriage in PDF format. The request must also include the following information:

  • A phone number, including area code
  • Return address
  • Written signature
  • A valid government-issued photo identification ID
  • A $3 fee for each additional person in a group request.

Rock Island County Marriage and Divorce Records

The County Clerk's office issues copies of Rock Island County marriage records for events in the county. However, marriage records are not public and may only be accessible to the following persons:

  • Any of the parties listed in the marriage record
  • An immediate family member of either party in the marriage record
  • Anyone with written and authorized consent from one of the married parties.

To purchase a copy of a Rock Island County marriage certificate, the individual will need the following:

  • The bride and groom's full name,
  • The Month, Day, and Year of the Marriage
  • A valid photo ID (Driver's License or State ID)

To obtain copies of divorce court records, the requester must submit formal requests with the following information:

  • Full names of the parties involved in the divorce
  • Date and location of divorce
  • Personal information of the requester

This service costs $15 for the first certified copy and $8 for any additional copy of the same record.

Rock Island County Birth and Death Records

A birth certificate is a legal document stating a child's identity and right to nationality, schooling, health care, passport, property ownership, voting, formal employment, or access to banking services. To the deceased's family, a death certificate ensures the right of family members to access business and financial entitlements or claim insurance benefits.

According to Illinois State Law (410 ILCS 535 - Vital Records Act), only specific persons can access birth and death certificates in the county.

The Rock Island County Clerk maintains birth records from 1877 till date and death records from 1878. Interested persons can purchase birth and death records in the County Clerk's office in person, through the mail, or by express mail service.

Persons seeking to obtain a certified copy of a birth record must be:

  • Of legal age (18 or an emancipated minor)
  • An immediate family member or a legal guardian with proof
  • In possession of written and authorized consent from individuals listed above.

To obtain a certified copy of a birth record, the individual must provide the following:

  • The full name at the time of birth
  • The mother's full name (including maiden name)
  • The father's full name
  • The month, day, and year of birth
  • The country where the birth took place
  • A valid photo ID (Driver's License or State ID).

Interested and eligible persons can submit a complete Birth Certificate Application containing a valid government-issued photo ID and payment to the County Clerk. Each Rock Island County birth certificate costs $15 for the first copy and $8 for each additional copy of the same record.

Physical address
Rock Island County Clerk's Office
1504 Third Avenue
First Floor
Rock Island, IL 61201
Phone: (309) 558-3569

 

Mailing Address
1317 3rd Avenue
Suite 101
Rock Island, IL 61201
Phone: (309) 558-3538
Fax: (309) 786-3029

Requesters may also obtain copies of Rock Island County Death Records from the County Clerk. However, these records may only be accessible to the subject's next of kin, persons who can prove their right to access, and requestors with written and authorized consent.

To obtain a Rock Island death certificate, complete and submit a Death Record Application. The first copy costs $20, and an additional copy of the same record may cost $14. The application must include the necessary payment and a copy of a valid government-issued ID.

Rock Island County Probate Court Records

The Rock Island County Probate Court hears matters related to estate administration and petitions for guardianship of a minor child or helpless adult. Records in probate files include wills, bonds, petitions, orders, decrees, accounts, distributions, and inventories.

The Rock Island Probate Case Files Index (1834–1899) The Illinois Secretary of State provides access to the Probate Case Files Index at the office. However, the County Circuit Clerk maintains probate case records that are not in the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) System. Each record dated 1834 to 1899 provides the estate's name, the year of filing, the type of case, and the name involved.

Rock Island County Property Records

The Rock Island County Recorder's office is also responsible for providing access to property records in the county.

Rock Island Property Records include various information about real estate and land ownership in the county. Property-related information includes property ownership details, assessments, tax information, legal descriptions, transaction history, and details about liens or encumbrances.

Individuals interested in searching for land records in person may visit the Recorder's office or conduct an online search on their website. Requesters may also search for property records using a 'Tapestry' or 'Laredo' but must subscribe to an account to gain access.

Rock Island County Court Records Online

Public Rock Island County Court records may be accessible through third-party websites like Illinoiscourtrecords.us. Third-party sites are typically preferred because they aggregate information from various jurisdictions and consequently expedite the search process.

Users are usually required to provide the following information to search a third-party site:

  • The name of the person involved in the record (except for juveniles)
  • The location of the subject
  • Information about the record of interest

It is worth noting that third-party sites are not controlled by government sources or sponsored by law enforcement agencies. Thus, information available on these third-party sites may vary. Furthermore, some records may be sealed or exempt from public disclosure, and their availability on these sites is not guaranteed.

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