In this modern era when technology requires speed and efficiency, it is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook Countys (Clerks Office) web site. This site was created to provide Clerks Office customers with easy to use and clearly organized access to Clerks Office information, forms and services. More...
In 2000, I promised to modernize the Clerks Offices archaic technology and communication base, which was stagnating on a legacy system that made things move at a snails pace. A manifestation of our march into the 21st century is this web site, which features bilingual translations; a senior citizens center; self-help center; glossary of terms; brochures; search engines for mortgage surplus information, an online Order of Protection service, an electronic filing option, an Online Traffic Ticket System, a host of external links and a number of user friendly features.
As the official keeper of records for all judicial matters brought into one of the largest unified court systems in the world, the Clerks Office serves the 5.2 million people of Cook County, more than 400 judges and maintains offices in Chicago, Skokie, Rolling Meadows, Maywood, Bridgeview and Markham.
To handle day-to-day responsibilities, the Clerks Office has a workforce of approximately 1,916 employees and an annual operating budget of more than $80 million.
In 2008, the Clerks Office collected a total of $195,000,000 in revenue from filing fees, interest on accounts and other sources, of which 80% was sent to the Cook County Treasurers Office. The additional 20% in revenue was paid to state and local agencies.
In 2008, there were 1,705,413 new cases filed with the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court, and 19,773,061 case activity transactions were performed by Clerks Office personnel. Our staff also handled 6,273,766 public inquiries.
As the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, my objective is making the Clerks Office a customer service focused organization. I proudly bring you this web site to provide information and facilitate your interaction with the Clerks Office and the court system. We will continue to improve this web site to ensure the highest level of customer service. Please check back periodically to see whats new. If you have questions, you may email us using the Email Us link in the directory on the left side of the screen.
ILLINOIS SUPREME COURT GRANTS EXTENSION: MANDATORY eFILING FOR ALL CIVIL CASE TYPES TO BEGIN JULY 1, 2018. See detailed flyer.
The 2018 SECOND CHANCE EXPUNGEMENT SUMMIT will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at Kennedy-King College, 6343 S. Halsted, Building W, Chicago. GET AN EXPUNGEMENT SUMMIT PREP PACKET. Click here to download Preparation Packet
ELECTRONIC APPEALS FILINGS MANDATORY, EFFECTIVE July 1, 2017. See details on our Legal Notice page
NEW EXPUNGEMENT AND SEALING LAWS, EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2017 are now available for viewing on our Legal Notice page
ELECTRONIC FILING (eFILING) CHARGES ARE TAXABLE AS COURT COSTS. See details on our Legal Notice page
Clerk Brown is proud that her annual Second Chance Expungement Summits continue to produce a range of success stories about individuals who are helped to get their lives back on track after receiving free legal assistance and other services. See this video about the inspirational story of Gilberto and Ruthie.
When Gilberto Hernandez and his wife Ruthie attended Clerk Dorothy Brown's 2017 Second Chance Expungement Summit, he had more than 20 cases on his RAP sheet. At the Summit, Gilberto was assisted by Attorney Stephen F. Hall who informed the couple that all but two of Gilberto's cases qualified for expungement. On the day that Gilberto went to court to have his records expunged, he agreed to give this interview about his very successful experience at Clerk Brown's Expungement Summit. Here is his story...
It is the mission of the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County to serve the citizens of Cook County and the participants in the judicial system in an efficient, effective and ethical manner. All services, information and court records will be provided with courtesy and cost efficiency.
We invite you to use and review our newly enhanced Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County Website, and we are eager to receive comments about your experience using our feedback link on the site.
The new Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County website features a streamlined format that is easier to use and includes an improved court case search function that enables users to find pertinent information easily and efficiently. Click here to test drive our new website, and remember to let us know what you think.