The office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court has the responsibility of receiving and filing all civil, probate, criminal, juvenile and traffic cases. This is the only source through which they can reach the courts.
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All payments, filings and correspondence should be directed to:
Maureen A. Josh, DeKalb County Circuit Clerk, 133 W. State Street, Sycamore, IL 60178

Civil Division:
The Circuit Clerk’s Civil Division handles all civil cases filed in DeKalb County. The Civil Office is located on the second floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse. The Civil Division provides court clerks for all Civil Division courtrooms. All Civil Division courtrooms are located in the DeKalb County Courthouse.

Change Of Name For Adults:
This information is intended to be a guide and does not set forth the law on changing names. For a complete understanding of the law see Chapter 735 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes, Section 5/21-101 et seq. or consult an attorney.
Obtain and complete the following forms:

Petition for Name Change
Order of Name Change
Notice of Publication

(Click here for a packet of information and access to these forms)

Fill out the Notice of Publication form. It must be placed in a newspaper published in the municipality in which the petitioner resides or if there is not a newspaper published in the municipality in which the Petitioner resides, in a newspaper published in DeKalb County. The publication must take place for three consecutive weeks, published one day each week; the first time must be at least six weeks before the hearing date. You may choose any Monday, Tuesday or Thursday, but call the Circuit Clerk Civil Division at (815) 895-7131 to make sure that you have not selected a court holiday.


Change Of Name For Minors:
This information is intended to be a guide and does not set forth the law on changing names. For a complete understanding of the law, see Chapter 735 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes, Section 5/21-101 et seq. or consult an attorney.

Obtain and complete the following forms:

Petition for Name Change

Order of Name Change Notice of Hearing
(use only if you do not publish)
Notice of Publication (this is not needed if Notice of Hearing is served by personal service or certified mail)

Give notice of the Petition and hearing to any other parent of the minor whose parental rights have not been terminated and to any other person who has physical custody of the minor. This notice should be given by mailing a copy of the Petition and Notice of Hearing to those individuals by certified mail with return receipt requested, a reasonable amount of time before the date of hearing, or by personally delivering a copy of the Petition and Notice of Hearing through the local sheriff or other authorized person, a reasonable amount of time before the date of hearing.

If you do not have an address for the individual, they can be served by publication with the Notice of Publication in a newspaper published in the municipality in which the minor resides or if there is not a newspaper published in the municipality in which the minor resides, in a newspaper published in DeKalb County.

The publication must take place for 3 (three) consecutive weeks; the first time must be at least 6 (six) weeks before the hearing date. You may choose any Monday, Tuesday or Thursday, but call the Circuit Clerk’s Civil Division at (815) 895-7131 to make sure that you have not selected a court holiday.

Legal Advice:
The Circuit Clerk’s Office is prohibited by law from giving legal advice. Court personnel are specifically prohibited by law from giving out legal advice. If you need legal advice, you should seek the assistance of an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, listed below are some contacts for obtaining legal assistance.

A person acting on his or her own behalf as an attorney is, under the law, held to the same standards and duties as an attorney admitted to practice in the State of Illinois. You are expected to know what the law requires and how to accomplish your purpose in accordance with the applicable statutes and court rules.

No Court employee is obligated to tell you what you have to do under the circumstances. By law, the judges, the bailiffs, and all court personnel are specifically prohibited from giving you legal advice. If you need advice, please see an attorney.

If you do not have a lawyer and do not know a specific lawyer, contact the DeKalb County Bar Association. In criminal cases, you may ask the Court to appoint the Public Defender if you are indigent.

DeKalb County Bar Association
For a list of lawyers and their areas of practice
view the website

Michael Coghlan, President
Gary Lothson, Vice President
Tim Conklin, Secretary/Treasurer
815-787-0800

DeKalb County Public Defender
Regina Harris
(CRIMINAL CASES ONLY)
133 W. State St.
Sycamore, IL 60178
(815) 899-0760
view the website

 

COPIES OF ANY DOCUMENT

1ST PAGE

$1.00

EACH ADDITIONAL PAGE

$.50

AFTER 20 COPIES

$.25

EACH CERTIFICATION OR AUTHORIZATION FOR TAKING THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS, DEED OR OTHER INSTRUMENT IN WRITING WITH SEAL OF OFFICE

$5.00

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$4.00

COMPUTER PRINT OUT -- PER PAGE

$5.00

 

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Court Schedule

 

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Any matter not listed on the call must be addressed through the respective Clerks office @ 815-895-7138.

  • DO NOT ATTEMPT DIRECT CONTACT WITH JUDGES - communications must be routed through the
    Judicial Office Administrative Assistant @ 815-895-7160.

  • All notices must be filed in writing in person with the Clerk not less than 48 hours prior to the requested hearing time.

  • Emergency Motions must be filed with the Circuit Clerk and a hearing requested through the Circuit Clerk.

  • Orders of Protection will be heard at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and must be scheduled through the Circuit Clerk.

  • Weddings are performed at 1:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. and are scheduled through the Judicial Office Admn. Assistant.

ęDeKalb County Circuit Clerk's Office.     The DeKalb County Circuit Clerk's office reserves the right to add or change any fees (or forms) at any time.