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Domestic Violence Service at Alton Memorial Hospital on October 18

October 11, 2017

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and for the past thirteen years, the Third Judicial Circuit Family Violence Prevention Council has collaborated with Alton Memorial Hospital in presenting a Memorial Service about domestic violence victims and their families. The service will be held in the Chapel at Alton Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, October 18 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Read More...>>

Madison County Drug Court and Mental Health Court Earn Certification


August 22, 2017

The Third Judicial Circuit Court is pleased to announce that two of its problem-solving courts have been approved for Certification by the Illinois Supreme Court for the next three years. Both the Madison County Drug Court and the Madison County Mental Health Court were reviewed as part of the Illinois Supreme Court's certification program...Read More>>

Attorneys Provide Free Legal Appointments


July 19, 2017 

The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee is pleased to announce that twenty attorneys provided free legal appointments during the months of April, May and June in the Legal Advice Clinic in the Madison County Courthouse in Edwardsville. The appointments were provided as part of the volunteer efforts that members of the Madison County Bar Association offer to the public...Read More>>



High School Students Intern with Local Lawyers


July 6, 2017

The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee coordinated the annual Madison County Intern Program placing local high school students in area law firms for the month of June to allow students to observe and experience different employment opportunities in the legal field and to better understand how the legal system works...read more>>

Local Judges to Speak at Seminar

May 10, 2017

Third Judicial Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder and Twentieth Judicial Circuit Associate Judge Thomas Cannady will present a session on "Illinois Professionalism & Ethics - View from the Bench" at a Best Practices seminar presented by the United States Arbitration & Mediation (USA&M) dispute resolution group on May 19th...Read More>>


Judge Sarah Smith Certified as First Illinois National Guard Military Judge

May 10, 2017

The Illinois Judges Association is proud to announce that Third Judicial Circuit Associate Judge Sarah D. Smith recently returned from three weeks in Charlottesville Virginia where she graduated form the 60th Military Judge Courts...Read More>>



Madison County Lawyers Provide Help


April 17, 2017

The Third Judicial CIrcuit Pro Bono Committee continues to offer help to low income members of this community. The committee sponsors a Legal Advice Clinic where volunteer attorneys provide free legal appointments; it also offers assistance in real estate matters, and services exist for veterans..Read More>>

Kick-Off Child Abuse Prevention Month

March 20, 2017

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and, once again, the third Judicial Circuit Family Violence Prevention Council is partnering with Prevent Child Abuse Illinois and DCFS to hold a public forum and press conference at the Madison County Administration Building, 157 North Main Street in Edwardsville on Friday, March 31st at 10:00 a.m.The groups recognize this awareness month by doing everything possible to emphasize the need to care about and actively support children and families..Read More>>


Pro Bono Appointments and Legal Help Continues


February 2, 2017

The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee and the Madison County Bar Association continued their efforts in the fourth quarter of 2016. "The entire county owes them a debt of gratitude," stated Judge Barb Crowder, Chair of the Third Circuit Pro Bono group. Free legal appointments were provided in the Law Library, veterans were given appointments for Vetera's Day, and volunteers assisted in family divison...Read More »

National Adoption Day

November 10, 2016

On Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM the Madison County Circuit Court will participate in National Adoption Day.  There are many children in foster care who wait three or more years before being adopted.  Three years is a very long time in a child’s life.  Another sad fact is one in five children will “age out” of foster care without ever being adopted.....Read More »

Free Legal Appointments for Veterans


October 5, 2016

The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee is proud to once again announce two days of free legal appointments will be provided to Veterans in honor of Veterans' Day and in gratitude for their service. This year, the thirty- minute appointments will be provided on November 10 and November 15, 2016.....Read More »


Free Real Estate Clinic Expands Appointments

February 16, 2016

The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee has decided to expand the guidelines for individuals who may receive advice and assistance at the free real estate clinic appointments held in the Madison County Law Library. The Committee met in January 2016 and durings its review of the 2015 programs determined that the clinic should be made available to individuals earning up to the same levels as those who qualify for legal services through Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation which is 200% of the proverty level...
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Community Leaders Join Together to Alleviate Taxpayer Burden by Creating Accountability Court

December 7, 2015

Chief Judge Dave Hylla today announced the inception of Madison County’s first Accountability Court. The Madison County Accountability Court will assist parents who are willing to pay child support but unable to fulfill their obligation due to certain common barriers to employment and financial stability. The Madison County Accountability Court will ...Read More »


Dining in History Celebrates Madison County Court House 100th Birthday

October 8, 2015

The Madison County Historical Society (MCHS) will celebrate the 100th Birthday of the Madison County Courthouse at its Annual Dining in History event on Sunday, Nov 8, in the rotunda of the Madison County Court House. The event will feature a presentation from the Circuit Judges and the Madison County Bar Association. The featured speaker for the evening, Circuit Clerk Mark Von Nida, will also entertain guests with stories of “Madison County Mysteries and Court Room Drama.”  Courtrooms will be open to the public so visitors can observe the beautiful craftsmanship of the century old building.....Read More »


Family Violence Prevention Council Involved in Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 7, 2015

The Third Judicial Circuit Family Violence Prevention Council is actively involved in National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and urges all members of the community to recognize and support the events and work of the Family Violence Coordinating Councils that exist in each judicial circuit in the State of Illinois. October has been designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month since 1987. All branches of government recognize the importance of protecting survivors of domestic abuse and holding abusers accountable. This month is designed to celebrate the progress made in education and services to combat domestic abuse and violence...Read More »


High School Students Intern with Local Lawyers 


August 31, 2015

 

The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee coordinated the annual Madison County Intern Program placing local high school students in area law firms for one month in the summer to allow students to observe and experience different employment opportunities..... Read more »


Free Legal Appointments Provided

August 25, 2015

Free legal appointments at the Madison County Law Library continue to be a success. The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono committee notes that 25 attorneys volunteered to provide the free appointments to low-income residents during the second quarter of 2015. The Legal Advice Clinic was created by the Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee and the Madison County Bar Association. Circuit Judge Barb Crowder is the Chair of the committee. The goal is to provide legal information... Read More »

Madison and Bond County Courts to Conduct Survey to Evaluate Access and Confidence in Court System


April 9, 2015

Chief Judge David A. Hylla will implement a survey that will ask court users to give input on their personal experiences with their local court system.  The term “court user” applies to all courthouse users including attorneys, visitors, litigants, students, media, and the public. Read more » 

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
March 19, 2015

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and, once again, we are celebrating this month by doing everything we can do to transform our communities into places that care about, and actively support, children and families.  On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, the Third Judicial Circuit Family Violence Prevention Council and Prevent Child Abuse Illinois will hold a press conference at the Madison County Administration Building in Edwardsville, Illinois to launch Child Abuse Prevention Month 2015.  Read more »

Tanja Cook Receives 2014 Pro Bono Award

November 6, 2014

Chief Judge David Hylla presented the 2014 Pro Bono Service Award to Tanja Cook, an attorney with Lueders, Robertson & Konzen, at the Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Recognition Luncheon held October 21, 2014. The luncheon was held at the LeClaire room in Edwardsville. Over… Read more »

Veterans Legal Assistance Programs Announced

October 16, 2014

The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee and the Veterans Assistance Commission are excited to announce the creation of the Third Circuit Veterans Legal Assistance Program (VLAP). The Veterans Assistance Commission has secured short-term limited funds to allow it to pay a reduced fee to… Read more »

PRO BONO WEEK CELEBRATION AND RECOGNITION OF VOLUNTEER ATTORNEYS PLANNED

October 9, 2014

The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will recognize National Pro Bono Week and celebrate the attorneys who have provided free legal advice, free legal education, and those who have handled mediations and other court appointments without charge through the court’s programs. Pro Bono week… Read more »

Circuit Judges Appoint Martin J. Mengarelli an Associate Judge

September 30, 2014

On behalf of the Circuit Judges of the Third Judicial Circuit, Third Circuit Chief Judge David A. Hylla announces the appointment of Martin J. Mengarelli as an Associate Judge to replace Keith Jensen, who resigned effective August 31, 2014. Martin Mengarelli earned his Law Degree… Read more »

High School Interns with Local Lawyers

August 27, 2014

The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee coordinated the annual Madison County Intern Program placing local high school students in area law firms for three weeks to allow students to observe and experience different employment opportunities in the legal field and to better understand how… Read more»

Mahoney Appointed to Supreme Court Access to Justice Committee

August 25, 2014

Third Judicial Circuit Chief Judge David Hylla announced that Betsy Mahoney, Madison County Law Librarian and the Pro Bono Coordinator for the Third Circuit Pro Bono Committee, has been appointed to the Court Guidance and Training Committee of the Illinois Supreme Court’s Access to Justice… Read more »

Veterans’ Amensty Day September 12, 2014

 The Third Circuit Pro Bono Committee, the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Veterans’ Assistance Commission have coordinated an Amnesty Day for any veteran who has a traffic, misdemeanor, ordinance or felony warrant to appear and have the warrant set aside on Friday, September… Read more »

Pro Bono Committee Provides Additional Programs

 The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee continues to provide free legal appointments to Madison County residents of limited means, who do not have attorneys, in the Law Library at the Edwardsville Courthouse. The committee announces it is adding additional programs to train attorneys to… Read more »

Illinois Supreme Court Approves Amendments to Foreclosure Mediation Court Rule – Mediation Program is now Mandatory

July 2, 2014

Chief Judge David Hylla has announced that the Illinois Supreme Court has approved an Amended Rule for the Madison County Foreclosure Mediation Program making the program mandatory for all homeowners facing foreclosure. The new rule will go into effect on July 1, 2014. The Madison… Read more »

Circuit Judges Appoint Philip B. Alfeld an Associate Judge

June 3, 2014

On behalf of the Circuit Judges of the Third Judicial Circuit, Third Circuit Chief Judge David A. Hylla announces the appointment of Philip B. Alfeld as an Associate Judge to replace Dean Sweet, who retired effective May 30, 2014. Philp Alfeld earned his Law Degree… Read more »

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