Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) System Illinois State Archives

Record Descriptions – Justice of the Peace

Justice of the Peace Dockets

Records show the type and date of the case (common law, criminal, or chattel mortgage); the names of the plaintiff, defendant, and justice; an abstract of the proceedings; the judgment rendered; and an itemized list of fees and costs.

Justice's Court Minutes

Minutes show the names of justices of the peace, and list appointments of road viewers, constables, overseers of the poor, road supervisors, township assessors, and election judges; orders to the county treasurer for wolf bounties and care of paupers; and any licenses issued.