Bond County Circuit Court
In 1831, Bond County was a part of the Second Judicial Circuit in Illinois. In 1853, the Bond County Circuit Court became part of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit. In February 1857, the Illinois General Assembly placed the Bond County Circuit Court in the Twenty-Fourth Judicial Circuit. Abraham Lincoln handled at least three cases on appeal from the Bond County Circuit Court in the Illinois Supreme Court.
“An Act Supplemental to the Several Acts Regulating the Supreme and Circuit Courts of This State,” 16 February 1831, Laws of Illinois (1831), 45; An Act Dividing the State into Judicial Circuits; An Act to Establish Circuit Courts; “An Act to Establish the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, and to Fix the Time of Holding Courts in Said Circuit,” 12 February 1853, General Laws of Illinois (1853), 61; “An Act Defining the Second Judicial Circuit, Fixing the Time of Holding Courts Therein, and Establishing an Additional Circuit, and for other Purposes,” 12 February 1857, Laws of Illinois (1857), 20; For Lincoln’s cases in Bond County, search “Bond County Circuit Court,” under “Court Name,” Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, 2d edition (Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2009), http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org.