In effort to continue moving the Judicial System forward during these unprecedented times, Montgomery County has begun utilizing Zoom to hear cases. It is imperative that the Circuit Clerk’s Office be provided with an email address and phone number for each party to a case. You may email the Montgomery County Circuit Clerk’s Office at to provide this information. 

Any questions may be directed to the Circuit Clerk’s Office at 217-532-9545 or

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Holly Lemons

Circuit Court Clerk
Holly Lemons



The mission of the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Montgomery County is to serve the citizens of Montgomery County and the participants in the Judicial System in a timely, efficient, and ethical manner. In accordance with statutes, all services, information, and court records will be provided with courtesy and cost efficiency.

July 21, 2009

Holly Lemons
Montgomery County Circuit Clerk

About The Office of The Circuit Clerk:

The Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court is a Constitutional Office. While the Clerk is elected on a county-wide basis to a four-year term, it is not a county office as defined by the Illinois Constitution. It is a non-judicial office of the Judicial Branch of State government. The duties are set forth by statute, Rules of the Supreme Court and Administrative Orders of the local Circuit Court. The Montgomery Circuit Clerk of the Court is an official of the 4th Judicial Circuit Court.

The Clerk is required to attend all sessions of court, keep and preserve all records and files of the court, make, keep and preserve complete records of all the proceedings and determinations of the court, issue process as required by law, and is the Keeper of the Seal of the Court.

The Circuit Court, under the Illinois Constitution, is the trial level court. It handles every type of case from traffic tickets to a murder case, from Small Claims to a multi-million dollar personal injury suit, and from adoption to the probate of an estate.

Types of Cases by Division:

Criminal: Felony (CF) Misdemeanor (CM)

Civil: Small Claims (SC) Miscellaneous Remedy (MR) Chancery (CH) Tax (TX) Eminent Domain (ED) Municipal Corporation (MC) Law (L) Probate (P) Law Magistrate (LM) Administrative Review (MR) Contempt of Court (CC) Juvenile (J) Juvenile Abuse and Neglect (JA) Juvenile Delinquent (JD) and Drainage District

Family: Dissolutions (D) Adoption (AD) Mental Health (MH) Order Protection (OP) Family (F)

Traffic: Conservation Violation (CV) Traffic (TR) Driving Under the Influence (DT) Ordinance Violation (OV)

Individuals who wish to view case files and documents on file with the Circuit Clerk may do so free of charge from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If copies need to be made, there is a statutory fee per page. By law, juvenile and adoption case files and any document sealed by the Circuit Court cannot be made available for public inspection.

The Circuit Clerk and the deputy clerks by law cannot give legal advice. Individuals who ask legal questions will be directed to consult with an attorney.

Petit Jurors, Grand Jurors, and Coroners Jurors are summoned for service by the Jury Commission and the Circuit Clerk. An answering machine provides information to prospective jurors the evening before service is required for the Petit and Grand Jurors.

Passport applications are provided and accepted for submission to the Passport Agency.

Child Support payments made in the Circuit Clerk's office are recorded and distributed as per the Court Order. Also, payments made to the State Disbursement Unit are recorded.

The Montgomery County Circuit Clerk maintains a separate web page which includes information about the court docket, fees, etc. Click on this link to go to their official web site. 

About The Circuit Clerk:

Holly Lemons earned her Bachelors degree from Blackburn College in 2005 and her Masters degree from the University of Cincinnati in December 2009.

Holly has served as Circuit Clerk since June 9, 2009.  Prior to becoming Circuit Clerk, Holly worked as a probation officer.

As the Circuit Clerk, Holly leads an office of dedicated men and women who assist in keeping the official court record, managing the Court's dockets and collecting the fines and fees. She has been on the leading edge of many of the Supreme Court's e-initiative projects including e-citation, e-filing, and e-record.

Holly currently serves as President of the Illinois Association of Court Clerks. Mrs. Lemons is the Chair of the Illinois Judicial College's Circuit Court Clerks Education Committee. Additionally, she serves as a member of the Article V Committee, a mentor for the Montgomery County CEO Program, a two time President of the Hillsboro Rotary Club, and a member of the Farm Bureau. Holly is one of the first Circuit Clerks to be asked to teach at the Judicial Education Conference in 2020.

Holly, her husband and their four children live in Hillsboro and are members of the Calvary Baptist Church.

The office of Circuit Court Clerk is located on the first floor of the Courts Complex, just north of the Historic Courthouse.
(217) 532-9540
(217) 532-2142
Mailing Address:
120 North Main Street
Room 125
Hillsboro, IL 62049.

Personal checks from banks outside of Montgomery County are not accepted.