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The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a federal law enacted in 1966 to provide the public a right of access to government documents and records, the premise being that the public has a right to know what the government is doing. The act states that any person may request an agency for a copy of its records, and that the agency must provide such records, unless an exemption exists that protects the records from disclosure.

Sangamon County Circuit Clerk makes eligible documents and records available to the public whenever possible. Court case files may be reviewed without charge at the Circuit Clerk's Office located in Room 405, of the Sangamon County Complex.  Adoptions, Mental Health and Juvenile records are not available by law to the public. For more information regarding the Circuit Clerk and available records please refer to the Electronic Access Policy for Circuit Court Records, You can search our eligible records database at no charge by clicking - Search Records

There are two appointed FOIA officers to review all requests and insure prompt service to the public. While the Freedom of Information Act requires records be made available to the public, it does not mean free of cost. Fees will be applied for services  such as programming, consultants, copies, certification and postage.  All fees must be prepaid. 

A request for Circuit Clerk documents and records pursuant to the FOIA must be in writing and identified as a "Freedom of Information Act" request. The Act requires a requestor to provide a reasonable description of the documents or records sought. A reasonable description is one that allows agency employees familiar with the subject matter to locate responsive records with a reasonable amount of effort. Requests that do not meet the reasonable description standard include requests for all records within a broad category.  If your request does not contain a reasonable description, we will return the request for clarification.  A precise description of the records you want will ensure responsible use of Circuit Clerk resources to satisfy your right of access while minimizing any processing costs to you.

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Sangamon County Courts Complex
200 South Ninth Street

Springfield, Illinois 62701
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