Bringing Children to Court

The courthouse is a public building so children may enter. But it is always best to make other arrangements for your children if you can. If you have a court hearing, it will be very difficult for you to concentrate on what the Judge and witnesses are saying if you are also trying to watch your children.

Also, sometimes you must wait for your case to be called and children may get restless and noisy. This can interfere with the operation of the court. Most importantly, Judges do not believe that children should be exposed to many of the issues and arguments about family issues that come up in the courtrooms.

Circuit Clerk

Greg Vaccaro

Phone / Hours

Child Support Division:

Phone: 815-433-0774
Fax: 815-433-9198
119 W. Madison Street, Room 200
Ottawa, IL 61350

Civil Division:

Phone: 815-434-8671
Fax: 815-433-6647
119 W. Madison Street, Room 201
Ottawa, IL 61350

Traffic/Criminal Division:

Phone: 815-434-8271
Fax: 815-434-8299
707 Etna Road, Room 141
Ottawa, IL 61350

Office Hours:

8:00am - 4:30pm
Monday - Friday

Walk-in Divorce

Mon, Wed, Fri
9:00am - 10:00am

Walk-in Probate/Guardianship

Tues, Wed, Thurs
9:00am - 10:00am