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The Fourth Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois

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Serving Christian, Clay, Clinton, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Marion, Montgomery and Shelby counties of Illinois

Although the Fourth Judicial Circuit is a unified circuit, all nine counties of the circuit have separate courthouses and court is held in each county.

There are nineteen judges that serve the Fourth Judicial Circuit – twelve circuit judges and seven associate judges. Each of the judges of the Fourth Circuit may hear cases in each of the counties and are assigned by assignment order made by the Chief Judge.

The Chief Judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit is elected by the circuit judges. The Chief Judge has general administrative authority over the courts in the Fourth Circuit and assigns judges within the circuit. The administrative staff of the Chief Judge is made up of a trial court administrator and court reporter supervisor.



The judges and administrative staff of the Fourth Circuit are committed to serving the public by providing a fair and efficient system of justice that fosters public trust.

The website is designed with the general public, attorneys and other court personnel in mind. We hope to provide useful information regarding the operation of the court and to provide directories, resources and links to other internet websites.

We are always looking to improve the website and we welcome suggestions that you might have.

– Douglas L. Jarman
Chief Judge


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DISCLAIMER: The Fourth Judicial Circuit, Office of the Chief Judge provides this web site only as a source of public information on the Fourth Judicial Circuit. All efforts are made to ensure that information and links are accurate and current. However, users should not cite this information as an official or authoritative source and are advised to independently verify all information. Information contained on this web site should in no way be construed as legal advice. Users should contact an attorney if they require legal assistance or advice .