Hon. Brendan A. Maher

Circuit Judge Brendan A. Maher

Assignment – Criminal Division

Administrative Assistant: Kelsey Schorsch
Phone: 815-516-2412

Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center
Courtroom D
650 West State Street
Rockford, Illinois 61102


Augustana College (B.A. 1992); Valparaiso University School of Law (J.D. 1997); WilliamsMcCarthy LLP (private practice, 1997-2008); U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Illinois, Western Division (Assistant U.S. Attorney, 2008-2010); Circuit Judge, 17th Judicial Circuit, State of Illinois (2010-present).

Assigned Docket

Judge Maher is assigned to the Criminal Division and presides over Felony Criminal cases in Courtroom D of the Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center.

Jury and Felony Status Calendars

Standing Orders

The following Standing Orders apply in all cases assigned to Judge Maher while he presides in Courtroom D. The Standing Orders are available to be viewed and printed at the links below, and copies will be made available in Courtroom D for review. All parties and all counsel with cases pending in Courtroom D are charged with notice of each Standing Order and are responsible for reviewing, obtaining copies of and complying with each Order that does or may relate to any matter the party or attorney has pending in Courtroom D.

See, e.g. 735 ILCS 5/1-104(b); 17th Judicial Circuit Court General Order 6.08; Doe By and Through Doe v. Montessori School of Lake Forest, 287 Ill.App.3d 289, 295 (2nd Dist. 1997).

Standing Order No. 1 - Scheduling & Time Management

Standing Order No. 2 - Written Motions, Notice & Proposed Orders

Standing Order No. 3 - Pre-Trial Motions & Motions In Limine

Standing Order No. 4 - Preservation & Production of Video & Audio Recordings

Standing Order No. 5 - Limited English Proficiency / Language Access

Standing Order No. 6 - Jury Trial Process & Conduct of Counsel at Trial


Coming to Court

Virtual Court

Self Rep

Records Search and Payments

Local Rules


400 W State St
Rockford, IL 61101