All county offices will be closed on Friday, July 3rd, in observance of Independence Day.

22nd Judicial Circuit - James S. Cowlin, Chief Circuit Judge

Self Represented Litigant Help Center

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praire stateThe McHenry County Self-Represented Help Center is a collaboration between the 22nd Judicial Circuit and Prairie State Legal Aid.  Access to justice is paramount to all individuals. In today's economy, not everyone can afford an attorney; however, there is a growing need for individuals to have access to the court. The Center assists over 3,500 individuals a year.  The staff of the Center cannot provide legal advice, but they will provide information which can assist you with your litigation.  Staff can provide legal information about the legal process, access to online court forms, online resources such as; the Southern University School of Law Self Help Center and Illinois Legal AidIt is important to understand as a self-represented litigant that you will be held to the same standard as a trained attorney.  You must follow the appropriate laws, procedures, rules and orders.


In following the regulaions laid out in the Court's Reestablishment plan, the following will be required:

  • Only one person may be served at a time, no exceptions
  • Anyone entering the Self-Help Center, as well as the Courthouse in general, must be wearing a mask

Thank you for your cooperation.

Contact information:

Telephone: 815-334-0317

Email: [email protected]

Hours: 9:00am - 1:00pm