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Third Circuit Chief Judge David Hylla and the circuit’s Pro Bono Committee plan an open house and ribbon cutting for the newly remodeled Law Library in Edwardsville.

scalesofjusticelogoThe event will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 11 a.m. in the lower level of the courthouse at 155 N. Main St. The library now has more area and work stations for lawyers and the public in the self-help center.

“Our law librarian, Angela Warta and our self-help center staff, Lauren Jansen and Deana Lackey with the help of Illinois JusticeCorps volunteers provide services to approximately 1,000 people per month. The majority of those people get help in person at the courthouse. Our new renovations will allow us to provide better service to the public,” Hylla said.

This project was made possible by a grant from the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice and the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts Civil Justice Division and the support and cooperation of Madison County. Through this grant partnership, Madison County is part of a statewide network of court personnel who work together to improve the public’s access to justice.

Warta, as the Third Judicial Circuit pro bono coordinator, is a member of a team of self-represented litigant coordinators across the state. The coordinators share and learn from each other to more effectively address self-help service gaps seen throughout the state.

The center’s staff can assist people who do not have attorneys in finding forms to file pleadings and other services. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday when the courthouse is open.

Free legal appointments are also available to low-income individuals who do not have attorneys. They are available on any legal subject except criminal law. Areas where assistance is available include subjects such as family law, debt collection, landlord-tenant and small claims. Free appointments are held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in the Law Library.

Appointments are for those of limited incomes who do not have attorneys and qualifying information must be provided. To make an appointment or to volunteer, call (618) 296-4472 or e-mail Lauren Jansen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..