With the concerns about the Coronavirus and the safety of the public our biggest concern, we are putting this special homepage up to make it easy as ever to get the service you need, including some available online.

Click Here to Visit Macoupin County COVID Resources and Documents Hub

Public Health:  For your convenience, the Macoupin County Public Health Department has established a hotline. If you have questions regarding COVID-19, call the hotline at 217-313-5078 or you can email your questions to mcphd@mcphd.net. If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your primary physician. If you do not have a primary physician, call 217-854-3692 and ask for the Public Health Nurse.

Courthouse Departments that are operating as normal:

Appointments may be required. The public is encouraged to call an office with any questions before arriving at the Courthouse.

Traffic & Criminal Division—Ext. 711, for traffic and DUIs, ordinance & conservation tickets, misdemeanors and criminal cases. 

Probate Division: Ext. 712, for child support payments, small claim, probate, juvenile, adoption, and family cases. 

General Division: Ext. 713, for divorce, lawsuit, chancery (Including foreclosures), Miscellaneous Remedies (including evictions), and tax.

Departments that are operating with some restrictions:

Per the Court’s administrative order, some court cases have been postponed while some continue as scheduled. Please review the list below for a summary of cases postponed and those continuing as scheduled. Also, please read the administrative order for more information on procedures for the Courthouse during the Coronavirus concern.

Cases That Are Postponed: The administrative order continues/postpones all hearings scheduled until further notice in the following categories of cases and the parties are directed NOT to appear:

Cases To Be Heard As Scheduled: 

Beginning June 1, 2020, the Macoupin County Courts will resume holding status hearings, motion hearings, evidentiary hearings, and bench trials in additional cases and court proceedings.  The complete list of essential cases and court proceedings that will be heard include:

Criminal Felony cases (CF)
Tax (TX)
Traffic & DUI cases (TR, DT)
Miscellaneous Remedies (MR)
Criminal Misdemeanor cases (CM)
Municipal Corporations (MC)
Probate/Guardianships (P)
Adoptions (AD)
Conservation Violations (CV)
Ordinance Violations (OV)
Family Court (F, D)
Eminent Domain (ED)
Child Support
Juvenile cases
Law (L)
Chancery/Foreclosures (CH)
Emergency & Plenary Orders of Protection
LM, except evictions
Small claims (SC)
Civil Law (CL)
Mental Health (MH)
Drug Court

At each judge’s discretion, whenever feasible, and subject to constitutional limitations, all matters and proceedings may be heard remotely, via telephone, video, or other electronic means.

Jury Trials

Continuing through August 10, 2020, unless modified pursuant to periodic review hereafter conducted, or based upon a review of this Administrative Order if so mandated by relevant Illinois Supreme Court order entered hereafter, all civil and criminal jury trials shall be continued as authorized in Supreme Court Order M.R. 30370.

Rules Regarding Court Appearances

  1. If you are a party to a criminal or juvenile case, you do not have to appear if you are represented by an attorney. Only your attorney must appear; and, you will be notified by your attorney or the Circuit Clerk as to when you must return for court. However, as for cases other than criminal and juvenile cases, you must appear on your court date, unless you were expressly excused by the judge.
  2. If you are unable to appear because any of the restrictions cited in this Order, please notify the Macoupin County Circuit Clerk at (217) 854-3211 before your court date.
  3. Have your witnesses check in with court security as they enter on the ground floor of the Courthouse for further instructions.
  4. Court participants requiring special assistance to conduct official business will be permitted entrance with their personal assistant. 
  5. Unless medically intolerant, face coverings (masks over nose and mouth) are required for all persons entering the courthouse and each person may be questioned regarding any COVID-19 issues and will be required to have their temperature taken with a digital, no-contact thermometer and may be asked these questions:
  1. Bring your own face-coverings because court security personnel has a limited supply of masks.
  2. Nothing in this Order shall require anyone otherwise subject to provisions of this Order to wear a facial covering as directed when doing so would be contrary to their health or safety from a pre-existing medical/mental health condition.
  3. Nothing in the Order shall require children two and under to wear facial coverings as directed.
  4. Everyone who enters the Courthouse must use good personal health habits as recommended by the Center for Disease Control. This includes cleaning hands often with soap and/or hand sanitizer, avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth, avoiding close contact, and covering coughs and sneezes with tissues or elbows.
  5. Social distancing measures are required to be observed. Everyone should maintain a 6 feet distance whenever reasonably possible. To allow for proper social distancing, the number of people in Court will be restricted by reduced court calls and staggered court-call times, as well as remote appearances and hearings. You may be asked to wait outside or in your car once the Courthouse reaches its maximum capacity.
  6. Any attempt to enter the Courthouse or remain in the Courthouse in violation of these rules will cause you to be denied access or removed by security personnel.
  7. Civil and criminal lawsuits and any pleadings may still be filed in person or via electronic filing.
  8. If you are representing yourself in court and have any questions or concerns, you may contact the Circuit Clerk’s Office at (217) 854-3211 or visit the Circuit Clerk’s website at JUDICI.com. You are encouraged to call before coming to the Courthouse.
  9. Emergency matters are set on a case-by-case basis by contacting the Macoupin County Circuit Clerk at (217) 854-3211 who will then put you in touch with the judge’s assistant for scheduling.

COMMON QUESTIONS:

To pay a fine or court fee, please click here

To check on the status of a court case, please click here

To get a certified copy of your birth, marriage or death certificate, please click here.

For information on applying for a marriage license, please click here. To apply, please use this online application to fill in all information. 

For e-recording options of all document types except deeds requiring real estate tax stamps, please click here.

For online access to all documents recorded from 1829 to the present, please click here.

For an estimate of back property taxes, please click here.

For information about getting your notary commission, please click here.

For information about getting your assumed name business application, please click here.

For a copy of your property taxes paid in 2019, please click here.

For property ownership and assessment information, please click here.

For parcel mapping and information, please click here.

Macoupin County exemption renewals for seniors, disabled veterans, and disabled persons will be delayed.  If the delay is for more than a few weeks, exemption renewals will still be accepted after the filing deadline.  Please call the Supervisor of Assessments office at 217-854-8281 ext 710 if you have questions.