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Free legal services available to Bond County residents

The 3rd Judicial Circuit will again make free legal services available to residents of Bond County at the courthouse in Greenville on Nov. 5 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

scalesofjusticelogoHelp with finding forms and research will be available through a grant received from the Illinois Courts that made Angela Warta the self-represented litigant coordinator for the 3rd Judicial Circuit. Warta will be at the Greenville courthouse to assist patrons who do not have an attorney on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“It has long been a goal of the Third Circuit Pro Bono Committee to expand services to Bond County and we are pleased that this grant will allow us to start providing this help and hopefully add other services in the future,” said Chief Circuit Judge David Hylla.

Warta is the law librarian and pro bono coordinator at the Madison County Courthouse and has been trained to assist self-represented litigants in finding state-wide approved court forms and directing these individuals to available court resources and general legal information. The assistance can be provided for general civil cases such dissolution (divorce), name change, guardianships, small claims or evictions. These services will be provided in Bond County thanks to the oversight of Circuit Judge John Knight and Associate Judge Ronald Slemer.

The 3rd Circuit Law Library and Self-Help center located in the Madison County Courthouse in Edwardsville provide services in person on days the court is open between 8:30 a.m. and noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Residents may also telephone the Madison County Self-Help Center by contacting Lauren Jansen through lljansen@co.madison.il.us or at (618)296-4472.

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