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Dorothy Brown
Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County

"All my life, wherever I am and whatever I do, I try to conduct myself in a manner that would be pleasing to my father and mother because I represent the hopes and dreams that they instilled in our family."

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Dorothy Brown

The Clerk of the Circuit Court (Clerk’s Office) is, by law, the official keeper of records for all judicial matters brought into the Circuit Court of Cook County. The Clerk’s Office serves the 5.2 million citizens 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 Clerk’s Office has a workforce of approximately 1,916 employees and an annual operating budget of more than $80 million. In 2008, the Clerk’s Office collected $195,000,000 in revenue from filing fees, interest on accounts earned and other sources of which 80% was sent to the Cook County Treasurer’s Office. The additional 20% in revenue was paid to over 950 state and local agencies. In 2008, there were a total of 1,705,413 new cases filed with the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court, and 19,773,061 case activity transactions performed by Clerk’s Office personnel. There were also 6,273,766 public inquiries made for information contained in the Clerk’s Office’s system.

The Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Dorothy Brown, proudly brings you this web site to provide information and to facilitate your interaction with the Clerk’s Office and the court system. She will continue to improve this web site to ensure the highest level of customer service. Please check back periodically to see what’s new.


Under Clerk Brown’s leadership, each division/district/department is making significant strides in streamlining office processes through automation. Increased technological efficiency not only benefits internal operations but is advantageous for the public by expediting procedures while reducing the occurrence of errors.


Clerk Brown strongly believes that people who come in contact with court clerks should be treated courteously and respectfully. She conducted surveys to identify concerns of the customer/client base and supported the issues of concern by implementing quality service initiatives. All 2,300 Clerk’s Office employees attended mandatory customer service seminars. The Clerk personally monitors letters of commendation and complaint.


The divisions/districts/departments of the Clerk’s Office are directed to conduct day-to-day operations in a manner that is highly productive with maximum use of time and resources. Clerk Brown fosters an atmosphere that rewards employees for job competence and cost effectiveness.


Clerk Brown believes that focusing on the training and well-being of employees leads to better on-the-job performances. In an effort to raise the level and quality of the staff, she has made training and personal development opportunities for employees a priority. Also, employee recognition programs to raise morale are important components of Clerk Brown’s administration.


The law mandates the Clerk’s Office to make, keep and preserve the records of the court and attend all sessions of the court. But Clerk Brown has also pledged to ensure that public resources are utilized efficiently and effectively, while expanding and strengthening the quality of programs and services.


ACCESSIBILITY: The Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County provides reasonable accommodations to customers with disabilities who need access to the Clerk’s Office services and programs. If you have a disability that you believe may be affecting your access to our services and programs, please contact our ADA Coordinator Patience Keys, at 50 W. Washington Room 1003, Chicago, IL 60602, telephone number 312. 603.4048 or send email to prkeys@cookcountycourt.com. For GENERAL INFORMATION, please call 312-603-5030.

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