Will County Arrest, Court, and Public Records
Recent crime statistics for Will County indicate that there were 671 violent crimes and 6,042 property crimes there in 2015. Aggravated assault was the most prevalent violent crime with 409 incidents. Other violent crime incidences in the county that year include 155 robberies, 93 rapes, and 14 murders. The most common property crime in Will County in 2015 was larceny with 4,641 incidents. Burglary was a distant second with 1,199 cases while there were 202 vehicle thefts and 71 arsons.
Compared to figures for the previous, violent crime rate dipped by 6.3% whileproperty crime rate rose by 6.7%. A closer look at crime trend data for Will County indicates that murder (40%), rape (43.1%), burglary (18.9%), larceny (4.2%), and vehicle theft (1%) rates rose between 2014 and 2015. On the other hand, there were fewer incidences of aggravated assault (14.4%), robbery (4.9%), and arson (13.4%).
The Illinois State Police is the government agency responsible for maintaining the state’s sex offender registry. In accordance with state law, it makes these information available to the public on the Illinois Sex Offender Information website. To find registered sex offenders living in Will County, use the Offender search tool on the website and choose Will from the drop-down list of Illinois counties. The public can also search for registered sex offenders by name, zip code, offense type, and current status.
Inmate records for the county are available from the Will County Sheriff’s Office. This law enforcement department provides a handy inmate search tool on its website to help the public find anyone incarcerated in any of the county’s correctional facilities. The search page also provides a regularly updated list of individuals currently in Will County jails in alphabetical order.
The Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court is responsible for filing and maintaining all records for civil, criminal, and traffic cases heard in Will County. The Circuit Clerk puts all of these records online on a dedicated portal that the public can search. Find case documents using this Court Records System by searching by name, case number, or ticket number. Residents of Will County can also access court information such as attorney schedule and courtroom availability via the links on the Court Schedule webpage.
The public can order Will County court documents in person and by mail. To do so, visit or send a request to:
Office of the Circuit Clerk
Will County Court House
14 W. Jefferson Street
Joliet, IL 60432
This office opens to the public from Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Circuit Clerkcharges $2 for the first page of copies of court records. Pages 2 – 20 attract a charge of 50 cents per page. From page 21 onwards, the fee is 25 cents per page. There is an additional $6 per document for certified copies. The fee structure for certified copies of probate records is a little different. The first three pages gets a charge of $2 per page while pages 4 onward attracts a fee of $1 per page.
The County Clerk is the official responsible for maintaining and issuing copies of vital records for Will County. Residents should contact the County Clerk’s Office to obtain copies of birth and death certificates as well as marriage/civil union licenses. The County Clerk accepts in-person and mail requests for these records. To make request for a birth or death record in person, visit the:
Will County Clerk’s Office
302 N. Chicago Street
Joliet, IL 60432
The office opens between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Bring a valid photo I.D. For mail requests, download and complete a birth, death, or marriage/civil union certificate request form. Mail this to the Will County Clerk’s Office address along with a valid ID and the fee required as a check or money order. Cash payments are only acceptable for in-person requests.
The County Clerk charges $9 for the first certified copy of a birth or marriage certificate and then $4 for each additional certified copy of the same record issued at the same time. The fee for the first certified copy of a death certificate is $13 while each additional certified copy attracts a charge of $8.