Last updated: December 16, 2013
Founded in 1855 and memorialized in song by both Carl Perkins and Old 97, Champaign has a rich and interesting history. Abraham Lincoln traveled the county many times during his career as a lawyer and the first Farm Aid concert was held here in 1985. People as diverse as author David Foster Wallace, rapper Ludacris, and columnist George Will have all called Champaign home.
Perhaps best known as home to the esteemed University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign also hosts thriving businesses in the high tech research, manufacturing and healthcare industries. Located near Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis, Champaign has a mix of residents, visitors and influences and it is inevitable that legal issues sometimes arise. When they do, here is a listing of the major courthouses in the area.
The Champaign County Circuit Court is part of the Sixth Judicial Circuit and is a court of original jurisdiction. This is the trial level court where both civil and criminal matters are heard. For Frequently Asked Questions and Answers check here to access the Court Clerk’s website. If you are representing yourself, you may wish to consult the Self Help Desk near Courtroom L (Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 am to 12 pm. Tel.: 217-356-1351) or you may visit the law library in Room 243. Appeals from this court are heard at the Fourth District Appellate Court in Springfield.
This trial court hears federal matters only and has locations in Peoria, Urbana, Springfield, and Rock Island. If you are called as a juror in Urbana, you should expect to be on call for approximately 1 month and to receive $40 per day for each day of jury service plus round trip mileage. For additional information about jury service, consult the Frequently Asked Questions and this page. Appeals from this court are heard at the U.S. Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit in Chicago.