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The mission of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court is to serve the public
by providing access to a fair and efficient system of justice in accordance with the law that fosters public trust and confidence.
Winnebago County Courthouse
400 W. State Street
Rockford, IL 61101
Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center
650 W. State Street
Rockford, IL 61102
 Winnebago County Juvenile Justice Center
211 S. Court Street
Rockford, IL 61101
Boone County Courthouse
601 N. Main Street
Belvidere, IL 61008

The Statement of Professional Aspirations for the Legal Profession in the 17th Judicial Circuit

  Information Guide: 

 When and where is my next court date?  Are court forms available online?  Is child care available at the courthouse?
 Where can I find help for a legal problem?  What are my duties as a  juror?  How are marriage and civil union ceremonies performed?
Judicial Clerkship Opportunities

The Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court accepts applications each Fall, Spring and Summer, for Judicial Clerk positions from current law students, at both the Winnebago County Courthouse in Rockford, Illinois and the Boone County Courthouse in Belvidere, Illinois. Exact duration and hours per week are based on applicant’s availability. Applications are due August 1, December 1 and April 1.

These clerkships offer the opportunity to observe and participate in the legal process while developing an insight into the judicial process.  Working with the judiciary provides a unique learning experience for anyone preparing to enter the legal profession.  These are unpaid, voluntary clerkships. 

Applications may be sent by email or regular mail to the attention of Kimberly Ackmann, Deputy Trial Court Administrator at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and transcripts. For any additional details, please contact Kimberly Ackmann at 815-319-4831.

Administration Office of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court
Winnebago County Courthouse - 400 West State Street - Room 215 - Rockford, Illinois 61101
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Frontpage Directory

Winnebago County
  • Circuit Clerk                (815) 319-4500
  • Sheriff's Department (815) 319-6000
  • State's Attorney           (815) 319-4700
  • Public Defender           (815) 319-4900
  • Adult Probation           (815) 319-6250
  • Juvenile Probation      (815) 516-2700
  • Arbitration Center        (815) 987-7739
  • Jury Commission       (815) 319-4880
Boone County
  • Circuit Clerk                   (815) 544-0371
  • Sheriff's Department   (815) 544-9322
  • State's Attorney             (815) 544-0868
  • Public Defender            (815) 547-5400
  • Probation Department (815) 544-9806
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