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View a Court File

What Can I See? What Information is Not Public Record?

The majority of case files are available to the public. The following case types are the exception:

  • Adoption Cases
  • Juvenile Abuse and Neglect Cases
  • Juvenile Delinquency Cases
  • Expunged or Sealed Cases
  • Cases involving juvenile victims
  • Sexual Assault Cases (by Champaign County Administrative Order)
  • Eavesdropping Cases
  • Cases that have been impounded by judicial order


Within a public court file, there may also be restricted documents. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Financial Statements
  • Medical Records
  • Mental Health Records
  • Social Security Numbers and other Personal Identity Information

What Makes a Complete Court File?

Below you will find a short description of what you will find in a typical court file:

Criminal Cases

  • Docket Sheet
  • Charging Documents
  • Record of Proceedings on Arraignment

Traffic Cases

  • Uniform Citation
  • Signed Plea of Guilty
  • Report of Court Disposition

Civil Cases

  • Complaint
  • Answer
  • Motions

 What You Will Not Find in a Court File

  • Transcripts (Must be obtained from Court Reporter)
  • Police Reports (Must be obtained from Police Department)
  • Evidence or Exhibits

How Much Do Copies Cost?

Copies are available at the rate of $2.00 for the first page, .50 for each subsequent page up to 20 pages, and an additional .25 for each page after that. There is an additional $6.00 fee per certification if you would like the documents certified. We accept cash, checks, money orders and cashier’s checks as forms of payment.