The Clerk of the Circuit Court is elected by the voters of McHenry County. Katherine M. Keefe was sworn in as McHenry County Clerk of Court on December 1, 2008, after 21 years of working in the Circuit Clerk's office. The Office of the Circuit Clerk is responsible for maintaining a record of all cases filed and heard by the McHenry County Courts. The Circuit Clerk is a non-judicial office of the Judicial Branch of State government. The duties of the Office are set forth by Statute, Rules of the Supreme Court and Administrative Orders of the local Circuit Court. The Circuit Court Clerk is required to attend all sessions of Court, keep and preserve all records and files of the Court and is Keeper of the Seal of the Court.
The McHenry County Circuit Clerk’s Office employs 69 Deputy Clerks that are responsible for recording filed documents, attending court and maintaining a record of all proceedings, collecting and disbursing fines and fees. Approximately 85,000 new cases are filed each year with the McHenry County Circuit Clerk’s Office. The Circuit Clerk maintains record of these cases in a computerized court database, ICIS (Integrated Court Information System), as well as scanning all documents that are filed in the Circuit Clerk’s office into our Document Imaging system, OnBase. The McHenry County Circuit Clerk’s court database and Document Imaging system are available to the public at public viewing terminals located at the McHenry County Government Center in Woodstock on both the first and third floors. Access is also available over the Internet on a paid-subscription basis. Access to basic case information is available to the public at no charge on our website.
McHenry County is the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit, a single-county Judicial Circuit which was created effective December 4, 2006, when McHenry County split from Lake County and the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit. There are currently seven (7) Circuit Judges and ten (12) Associate Judges seated in McHenry County. Court is held at the McHenry County Government Center Monday through Friday, in addition to Traffic Branch Court, which is held on Wednesdays at McHenry City Hall in the City of McHenry.
The McHenry County Circuit Clerk’s Office mission is to accurately maintain the court records of the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court as mandated by state statute. We strive to provide an independent office that provides accessible, responsive, internal and external customer service. Our goal is to bring value, quality and satisfaction to the taxpayers of McHenry County.