On June 27 Chief Judge Michael J. Sullivan announced the opening of a Legal Self-Help Center in the McHenry County Courthouse in Woodstock, Illinois. The center will expand access to legal information, legal forms and videos for McHenry County residents with legal matters.
The new public-access computer workstation allows self-represented people to search for information on a broad range of civil legal problems via www.IllinoisLegalAid.org. A computer "navigator" staffs the center and can assist visitors in using the computer, finding the correct information and completing automated documents and forms. Those who need an attorney and qualify for legal services may be referred to Prairie State Legal Services.
The center is located in the Law Library, Room B-340, in the McHenry County Government Center, 2200 North Seminary Avenue, and will be opened Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The McHenry County Circuit Court, the Circuit Court Clerk's Office, the McHenry County Board, McHenry County Bar Association,Prairie State Legal Services, and Illinois Legal Aid Online collaborated to develop the center, with startup funding provided by the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation.
The McHenry County Self-Help Center is the fifth new legal self-help center opened in 2008. An additional four are planned to be opened later this year.
Visit the online McHenry County Self-Help Center at http://mchenry.illinoislegalaid.org. For more information about the center's opening, see the attached press release.
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