“We have to make sure our link in the chain of success is strong.” - Dorothy Brown
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 Office’s 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 Clerk’s 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.
Beginning on January 14, 2013 by Court Order Cell phones and electronic devices banned from all Circuit Court of Cook County Courthouses except Daley Center.
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 for the purposes of this rule is defined as follows: Social Security numbers; birth dates; mothers maiden names; drivers license numbers; financial account numbers, and debit and credit card numbers and any other information ordered by the court. If the court orders the filing of documents or exhibits that contain personal identity information, information shall be filed under seal in a document titled NOTICE OF PERSONAL IDENTITY INFORMATION WITHIN COURT FILING. 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.
ATTENTION E-FILING CUSTOMERS:
In order to improve and ensure the security of your eFile account, all eFile users must reset their passwords to an 8 digit alpha-numeric password upon their first log-in to the eFile system on or after Monday, October 22, 2012. All passwords must be updated by midnight, Sunday, November 25, 2012 or your account will be locked. After Sunday, November 25th, if a user makes five (5) failed password attempts, the eFile account will be locked.
To reactivate a locked account, you will have to contact the Help Desk at 312-603-4357 (HELP) for assistance between the hours of 7:30 5:00 p.m.
Parties shall not include Social Security Numbers in documents filed with
the court, including exhibits thereto, whether filed electronically or in paper, unless otherwise required by law or ordered by the
If disclosure of an individuals Social Security Number is required for a particular
filing, only the last four digits of that number shall be used. The filing must be accompanied by a NOTICE OF CONFIDENTIAL
INFORMATION WITHIN COURT FILING form, available from the Clerks Office, which shall identify the full Social Security Number
and shall be filed under seal so that the Social Security Number shall remain confidential.
The Clerk's Office will not begin preparation of the ROA until the
Request form and payment are received. Failure to request preparation
of the ROA in a timely manner, i.e., at least 30 days before the
ROA is due to the Appellate Court, may require the Appellant to file a
request for extension of time with the Appellate Court.
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.