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.
A party may consent to e-mail service by listing a designated e-mail address on documents or by use of e-mail service. Any party may rescind consent of e-mail service in a case by serving a notice on all parties or the attorneys of record. A party or attorney who has rescinded consent to e-mail service in a case may not serve another party or attorney by e-mail in that case. Please review and comply with amended Illinois Supreme Court Rule 11.
In civil proceedings, papers filed by parties who will accept service by e-mail shall include the statement Service via e-mail will be accepted at [e-mail address]. Please review and comply with amended Illinois Supreme Court Rule 131.
PERSONAL IDENTITY INFORMATION REMOVAL/REDACTION REQUIRED
In civil proceedings, personal identity information shall not be included in documents or exhibits filed with the court. Personal identity information is: Social Security numbers; taxpayer-identification numbers; birth dates; names of individuals known to be minors; drivers license numbers; financial account numbers; debit and credit card numbers; and any other information ordered by the court. However, a redacted filing of personal identity information for the public record is permissible and shall only include: the last four digits of the Social Security or taxpayer-identification number; the year of the individuals date of birth; the minors initials; the last four digits of the drivers license number; the last four digits of the financial account number; and the last four digits of the debit and credit card number. When the filing of personal identity information in its entirety is required by law, court order, or is otherwise necessary to effect disposition of a matter, the filing and attachments shall be filed under seal in a document titled NOTICE OF PERSONAL IDENTITY INFORMATION WITHIN COURT FILING. This rule does not apply to cases filed confidentially and not for public inspection, nor does it apply to Petitions for Guardianship of Disabled Adults. Please review and comply with Illinois Supreme Court Rule 138.
In civil proceedings, no discovery may be filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court except by order of court. Please review and comply with amended Illinois Supreme Court Rule 201.
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.