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Criminal Actions by Minors
Juvenile Justice Division

Building Name
Juvenile Court Building
 
Address
1100 South Hamilton
Room 13
Chicago , IL 60612
   
Chief Deputy Clerk
Frederick Dunson
Assistant Chief Deputy Clerk
Vanessa Poe
   
Hours
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, Excluding Court Holidays  
Telephone Numbers
(312) 433-4881

 
TDD
(312) 433-7087  
Fax
(312) 433-6863  
 


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Content: Juvenile files are maintained for a period of 21 years from the date of the case’s initiation. In the 21st year, a petition for destruction of records is made known from the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts.
Juvenile records are confidential and cannot be viewed by the general public. As dictated by the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, 405/1-8 Confidentiality and accessibility of juvenile court records, only those individuals related to the court action may actually view the file. Any other request must be direct to the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Division.
Maintained Files
   · Juvenile files from 1899 - 1926 (with some gaps).
   · Files from 1927 - 1982 have been destroyed with only samples preserved for historical purposes
   · Current files are kept at the Juvenile Court Center for five years from the case’s initiation. At the beginning of the sixth year, the court files are prepared for accession
Title: Accessible as set forth in the Juvenile Court Act.
Content: Content generally includes: Petition for Adjudication of Wardship, Summons, Motions, Responses from prosecution and defense, reports and or social investigations
1)      Certification of Court Records
2)      Copies of Court Records
3)      Expungements


All court case initiations at Juvenile Court are primarily conducted between the agencies of the Court (Stateís Attorney, Public Defender, Probation, etc.) with the exception of expungements where a minor and/or their attorney can file with the Clerk of the Circuit Court directly.

1.      Certification of Court Records

A certification request form is available for customers at our front counter.† Please allow at least 24-48 hours for certifications of court files not held on the premises.† Call the Juvenile Justice Division at (312) 433-4941 to inquire if the file you are requesting will need to be ordered.† Proper identification, such as a driverís license, state identification, social security card must be presented before any services are rendered.† The Juvenile Court Act allows for the minor, their attorneys of record, parent and/or guardian and interested parties (approved by the Court) to view court records.

2.      Copies of Court Records

Customer can request copies of their file at our front counter.† The standard fee for copies is as follows:

Copying Fees

First Page

$2.00

Pages 2 - 19

$.50 each

All remaining pages

$.25 each

Proper identification, such as a driverís license, state identification, social security card must be presented before any services are rendered.

3.      Expungements

The court file must be ordered through the Presiding Judgeís Office of the Juvenile Justice Division. For more information call:† (312) 433-6935.† The file will be reviewed to ensure it can be expunged.† An expungement packet is currently available with the Presiding Judgeís Office and will soon be available with the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Juvenile Justice Division at 1100 S. Hamilton, Room 13, Chicago, IL† 60611.† For more information call:† 312) 433-4941.

For a summary of who can apply for an expungement, when the application can be made, and how to apply, see Clerk's Office Juvenile Expungement packet.

 
The Juvenile Justice Division has jurisdiction over all delinquent minors who have violated a federal or state law or municipal ordinance (other than a traffic, boating, fishing or gaming law violation) prior to their 18th birthday.


CCG-0603A & CCG-603B , Effective 4/27/2010 (705 ILCS 105/27.2(a))

Municipality Fees (705 ILCS 105/27.2)
Court Forms
Each of the Divisions provides access to official court forms. There are several ways to obtain the forms. In the office, forms are also available from staff at each of the Division’s public service counters. The public can also access court forms on this website.
Viewing Files
Juvenile Justice court files may be viewed, as allowed by the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Proper identification is required before viewing a file.

Payment must be presented in cash or cashier’s check made payable to the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County.

To pay a bond on a minor housed at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, please come to the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court at 1100 South Hamilton, Room 13, Chicago, IL Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. excluding legal holidays.

Juvenile Expungement - Filing and Processing of Expungements
1)      What is my court date?
2)      Can I get a copy of my court file?
3)      Is there a fee for filing an appearance?
4)      My child has been arrested, where is he/she being held?
5)      I cannot make it to court today...can you change/reschedule my court date?
6)      Where is the Cook County Juvenile Center located?
7)      I have a warrant issued for me, where do I turn myself in?
8)      Are bonds issued on juvenile cases?
9)      My child is acting out/running away/not attending school what can I do?
10)      Can I file any pleadings by mail and can I file any pleadings for another division at Juvenile?
 
1)      What is my court date?
Information on court dates is available by calling the Clerk's Office at (312) 433-4941 or from Central Index at (312) 433-6702

2)      Can I get a copy of my court file?
Since all juvenile matters are confidential the only parties that can obtain information are the minor who is the subject of record, his/her parent(s), guardian and counsel. The request for records/files may be directed to this office, it is then forwarded to the Presiding Judge's office for approval. Access will be given upon presentation of valid identification establishing identity and relationship or any authorized individual who receives approval from the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Justice Division.

3)      Is there a fee for filing an appearance?
There is no fee for filing an appearance in the Juvenile Justice division.

4)      My child has been arrested, where is he/she being held?
Any minor that has been arrested and waiting to appear in court will be held at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Facility located in the Cook County Juvenile Center - 1100 South Hamilton - (312) 433-7102

5)      I cannot make it to court today...can you change/reschedule my court date?
The Clerk's Office cannot change your court date. You will need to contact the attorney representing the minor or the State's Attorneys Office for a new court date/continuance.

6)      Where is the Cook County Juvenile Center located?
The Center is located at 1100 South Hamilton, bordered by Roosevelt Road (1200 S) on the South, Ogden Avenue on the West and Taylor Street (1000 S) on the North.

7)      I have a warrant issued for me, where do I turn myself in?
If a warrant has been issued, it is suggested that you go to the Youth Division of the Chicago Police Department located on the Concourse Level of the Cook County Juvenile Center, 1100 South Hamilton.

8)      Are bonds issued on juvenile cases?
No. However, bonds are issued on minors being charged as adults in Criminal Court. If the minor is under the age of 17, they are held at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center at 1100 South Hamilton. To bond out a minor, the parent or guardian must bring cash or cashier's check to the Clerk's Office in the Juvenile Court Center. The minor is then released after he/she signs their bond slip.

9)      My child is acting out/running away/not attending school what can I do?
It is suggested that if your child is experiencing behavioral problems, you should contact the Youth Officer of your local police station to discuss a Minor Requiring Authoritative Intervention (MRAI) petition. If the minor is not attending school, you should contact the school for further direction.

10)      Can I file any pleadings by mail and can I file any pleadings for another division at Juvenile?
Yes, you may file any pleading for this division by mail. In addition, we can accept pleadings for another division within the system.

Title: Court Forms
Content: Each of the Divisions provides access to official court forms. There are several ways to obtain the forms. In the office, forms are also available from staff at each of the Division’s public service counters. The public can also access court forms on this website.

IMPORTANT / DISCLAIMER:

The information contained in this document is not intended as legal advice.   Persons with further questions on these subjects are strongly encouraged to seek legal advice from an attorney knowledgeable about these matters.

It is unlawful for any clerk or deputy clerk of a circuit court to prepare or draft any document that is to be filed or recorded in the Circuit Court in which he or she is clerk or deputy clerk, except such documents as such clerks are required or by some statute authorized to draft or prepare.   See 705 ILCS 110/1.


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