Susan E. Ottens
PLEASE NOTE: The office of the Circuit Clerk cannot give legal advice.
The Circuit Clerk is elected on a Whiteside County wide basis by the citizens for a four year term as a non-judicial office of the Judicial Branch of Illinois State Government.
The duties of the Circuit Clerk are set forth by Statute, Rules of the Supreme Court and Administrative orders of the local Circuit Court.The Circuit Clerk is responsible for maintaining a record of all traffic, civil, and criminal cases filed and heard in Whiteside County.
On a daily basis, the office interacts with the public and Attorneys performing several functions including the collection and disbursement of fines and fees. Payments can be made by cash, money order or certified check. They can also be made by credit card at the Morrison office or at www.illinoisepay.com and www.GovPayNow.com. Personal checks are not accepted.
The office is also responsible for recording filed documents and maintaining a record of all Court proceedings.
The Clerk and/or the Deputy Clerks are required to attend sessions of the Court and keep and preserve all records and files of the Court.
The Circuit Clerks office handles every type of case from a traffic ticket to a felony case, from Small Claims to a large personal injury suit, from adoption cases to probate of an estate cases.
There are currently two (2) Circuit Judges and two (2) Associate Judges that preside over cases.
Court is held in Morrison, Ill at the Whiteside County Courthouse at 200 East Knox Street