Illinois JusticeCorps is an innovative AmeriCorps program that places volunteers in courthouses around Illinois to help people without lawyers navigate the civil justice system. Volunteers are trained and supported to provide legal information and procedural guidance, as well as connect self-represented litigants with legal aid services and self-help resources. The program provides a unique opportunity to gain exposure to the court system, build professional skills, and give back to the community.
In August 2023, Illinois JusticeCorps began a new program year with expanded funding from both AmeriCorps and the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice allowing the program to expand to five additional Circuit Courts. It is now a truly statewide effort with a presence from Rockford to Carbondale and everywhere in between.Join Illinois JusticeCorps
In 2012, the program received AmeriCorps funding, through the Serve Illinois Commission, allowing the initial expansion to Markham and McLean County. Currently, the Illinois Bar Foundation administers the program in partnership with the Chicago Bar Foundation and with additional support from the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice. The Illinois JusticeCorps Steering Committee, a subcommittee of the Access to Justice Commission, provides additional oversight and guidance to program staff.
JusticeCorps continues to prove to be a valuable program to help self-represented litigants obtain the assistance they need to address vital civil legal problems and now operates in 12 courthouses representing 11 counties throughout Illinois.
JusticeCorps is located in the Law Library, Room 665.
JusticeCorps is located at Self-Representation Help Desk, 1st Floor.
JusticeCorps is located in the Concourse Level, CL-16 at the Resource Center for People without Lawyers.
JusticeCorps is located in the Law Library, Lower Level Room 24.
JusticeCorps is located in the basement level of the courthouse.
JusticeCorps is located at the Information Desk on the second floor outside of the Circuit Clerk's Office.
JusticeCorps is located in the Winnebago Law Library & Self-Help Center, 3rd Floor.
JusticeCorps is located in the office outside of courtroom 6B on the 6th floor.
JusticeCorps is located in the Kane County Law Library & Self-Help Legal Center, 2nd Floor.
JusticeCorps is located on the first floor in Room 105.
JusticeCorps is located in the Center for Self-Representation & Law Library, 1st Floor.
Illinois JusticeCorps is funded by AmeriCorps and the Serve Illinois Commission. It would also not be possible without Illinois Bar Foundation’s unique collaboration with The Chicago Bar Foundation, and the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access To Justice. We are incredibly thankful to all supporters of the Illinois Bar Foundation and Illinois JusticeCorps.