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Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois
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Felony

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Criminal Division

Building Name
Criminal Court Building
 
Address
2650 South California Avenue
Room 526
Chicago , IL 60608
   
Chief Deputy Clerk
Angela Robinson
Assistant Chief Deputy Clerk
Ellie Marszewski
   
Hours
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, Excluding Court Holidays  
Telephone Numbers
(773) 674-3147
(773) 674-3140
 
TDD
 
Fax
(773) 674-4444  
 


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Content: Files that have been impounded by order of court are only available for review with a specific judicial order. Case files contain:
  • The indictment or information complaint
  • The memorandum of orders (half sheet)
  • Names of witnesses or other persons involved
  • Name of Jurors
  • Jury instructions
  • Appealed cases may contain transcripts and trial proceedings
  • Impounded Evidence (not in court files)

Files available at the Criminal Division:

  • Microfilm, alphabetical listing by defendant
  • Court files for the current year - priot 2 years
  • Felony trial matters heard in the City of Chicago for two years

All remaining Criminal Division Records must be ordered via Record Center per the Customer Service Counter in the Criminal Division

Note:
  • Electronic docket information may be obtained via Public Access Terminals located in each office
  • Physical files must be obtained per each district, division or department.
  • Images may be obtained per the Clerk’s Office electronic docket in all locations.

Please consult manager/customer service staff in each location.
*Copy fees apply.

Content: Content generally includes: Indictment or information complaint, memorandum of orders (half-sheet), and any documents filed or prepared. Files may contain names of witnesses, jurors or other persons involved. Case may/may not contain transcripts of trial proceedings.

*Please refer to our Records Maintained Tab for further information
*Please note: Copy fees may apply and Judicial Order may be required to review or request specific documents.

Illinois Code of Criminal Procedure – 725 ILCS 5/

Illinois Supreme Court Rules

Circuit Court Rules and Orders

Illinois Criminal Offenses – 720 ILCS 5/

Circuit Court of Cook County – An Informational Guide

Criminal and Traffic Expungement Guidelines and Forms

Criminal and Traffic Sealing Guidelines and Forms

Identity Theft/Factual Innocence Guidelines and Forms

Clerk of the Circuit Court Criminal Division Forms

Clerk of the Circuit Court General Forms

Cook County Sheriff’s Office – Department of Corrections

More information regarding the Expungement and Sealing Process can be obtained by contacting the office of the State Appellate Defender.

Information regarding Criminal History Searches can be obtained by contacting the Illinois State Police.

Domestic Violence Resources and Advocates

Official Court Reporter’s Office
2650 South California Avenue
4th Floor
773-674-6065

Adult Probation Department
2650 South California Avenue
Lower Level
773-674-3351

For additional assistance to people representing themselves (pro se litigants), please visit the Clerk of Circuit Court Self Represented (Pro Se) Resources page.

1)      Filing of Habeas Corpus - Emergency
2)      Filing of Habeas Corpus - Ad Testificandum
3)      Reviewing Court Files
4)      Obtaining Certified Copy of Disposition
5)      Obtaining Criminal History Search


1.       Filing of Habeas Corpus - Emergency

An Emergency Habeas Corpus is filed when the moving party, Assistant State's Attorney, Public Defender, or private attorney determine that a defendant is being held illegally.

Steps required to file such motion are as follows:

·   To file the motion, come to the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Administration Building, 2650 South California Avenue, Room 526, Chicago, IL 60608.

·   Pay the applicable fee at the time of filing.  (Click here for fee schedule.)

·   Moving Parties' Attorney submits documents with a short summary of the facts.

·   A hearing is required before the Presiding Judge.  The attorney or whoever is making the cause selects the hearing date.

·   Motion is then submitted to the Clerk's Office for filling at the front counter.

·   The Clerk's Office assigns a case number, prepares the file jacket and the memorandum of orders (half sheets).

·   A case number is given to the petition

·   Immediately following, the file is delivered and added to the Presiding Judge's call for a hearing.

·   All pertinent data is entered into the Clerk's Office Information System, (Name, case number, and hearing date for underlying case; if one exists.)

2.       Filing of Habeas Corpus - Ad Testificandum

The filing procedures are as follows:

·   To file the motion, come to the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Administration Building, 2650 South California Avenue, Room 526, Chicago, IL 60608.

·   Moving Parties' Attorney will present the petition and order to the Presiding Judge.

·   The request will be processed.  (Habeas Corpus Miscellaneous form)

·   Forms are to be completed on both sides, please note that the petition involving Cook County Jail should name the current director as respondent.  Other correctional facilities should name the warden as respondent.

·   Duplicate copies are required for the petition, order, and certification.  All copies are then sealed and signed.

The distribution is as follows:

·   The original certification, copy of petition and order are given to appropriate attorney, Assistant State's Attorney, Public Defender or private attorney to present to the jail or correctional institution.

·   A copy of all the above documents is provided to requestor, Assistant State's Attorney, Public Defender or private attorney for their records.

·   Both sets are brought to the counter, requestor signs habeas corpus book and original copies of all documents are placed inside the file.

3.       Reviewing Court Files

The Criminal Division Office is located on the 5th Floor of the Administration Building. A court file can be viewed by request at the counter. Criminal Division court files are stored as either ‘Active' or ‘Inactive.

·   Active Files - If a case is still pending, the file is considered ‘Active' and stored in the adjacent Criminal Court House. This will require an Office staff member to retrieve the file from the courthouse. If you are aware that the file status is ‘Active,' please allow enough time for the file to be retrieved from the courthouse.

·   Inactive Files - If a case is no longer pending, the file is considered ‘Inactive.' Files considered ‘Inactive' are stored by age. Inactive files are stored in the Clerk's Administrative Office at 2650 South California, Ave. (5th floor) for a two-year period. Files more than two years are stored in the Clerk's Office Records Center. If you are aware that the file is more than two years old, you may call our Inactive File Room and order the file in advance by calling (773) 674-3152. To retrieve a file request from the Records Center requires a 24-hour waiting period.

·   Valid Identification Card - The requestor is required to submit a valid identification card before receiving or reviewing a file.

4.       Obtaining a Certified Copy of Disposition

In order to obtain a certified disposition of a case, the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County needs the defendant's name, date of birth, and date of arrest.  Our office provides dispositions for Chicago cases only.   If the case occurred in one of the Suburban Districts in Cook County, you might contact or visit that particular Suburban District to obtain case dispositions.

There is a fee of $9.00 for each certified disposition.  (Fee Schedule)

5.       Obtaining a Criminal History Search

There are three ways in which to request a Criminal History search

1.      Criminal Department counter

2.      Mail Request

3.      Governmental Agency fax request

If the arrest occurred before 1985, you must provide a rap sheet from the Chicago Police Department.

If a person was arrested and released without being charged, the person must provide an arrest report or a rap sheet that indicates that the person was released without being charged.  This information may also be obtained at the Chicago Police Department.

If a person is out of state and the arrest occurred in Chicago, arrest information may be obtained by contacting the

Illinois State Police
Division of Administration
Bureau of Identification
260 North Chicago Street
Joliet, Illinois 60432
(815) 740-5160

 
The Criminal Division hears felony trial cases in the City of Chicago. Felony cases are defined as those criminal offenses carrying possible prison terms of more than one year. Matters concerning habeas corpus and extradition in criminal cases, petitions to expunge records of arrest, petitions for post-conviction relief, and the processing of appeals for felony trial cases in the City of Chicago are heard by judges assigned to this division. Suburban districts maintain the records for felony cases heard in their respective locations. Felony matters at preliminary hearing level can be heard in several Branch Courts located throughout the City of Chicago, or in suburban locations.
The Criminal Division hears cases that involve the following:
Appeals Apply to a higher court for a reversal of the decision of a lower court.
Extradition The surrender of an accused to another state or nation with jurisdiction to try the accused and which has demanded his or her return.
Habeas Corpus Writs issued to bring a party before the court.
Petitions for post Conviction relief
Petitions to Expunge To cancel out or destroy completely records or arrests.


CCG-0603A & CCG-603B , Effective 1/1/2017 (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; via the office — public service counters, courtrooms and this website.
Filing a Criminal Expungement Petition

Criminal & Traffic Expungement & Sealing Procedural Packet

Filing a Criminal Sealing of Record

Criminal & Traffic Expungement & Sealing Procedural Packet

1)      When is my next court date?
2)      When will I get my bond refund?
3)      How much is bond for my relative or friend?
4)      How do I expunge my record?
5)      Where do I appear in Court?
6)      Where do I file (documents)?
7)      How much does it cost for?
8)      Where do I post bond for my relative or friend?
9)      What is the law related to Extradition?
10)      How do I use the computer?
 
1)      When is my next court date?
You may visit or contact the Criminal Division to inquire of your next court date.
You may also download the Clerk’s Office mobile app.

2)      When will I get my bond refund?
Within 4 to 6 weeks after the final disposition.
The following issues may prohibit an immediate disbursement of the bond refund process.
  • Fines, fees or cost
  • Restitution
  • Defendant signed the bond over to the attorney on record (CBR)
  • Judgement of bond forfeiture


3)      How much is bond for my relative or friend?
Criminal Division staff is available to review the electronic docket or the case file to research the amount of the bond. Please note: when additional cases occur, the bond may increase at the discretion of the judge, thus the amount required to bond out can/may increase.

4)      How do I expunge my record?
  • You may visit any Clerk of the Circuit Court Office to obtain an expungement/sealing packet.
  • It is recommended that you obtain a rap sheet from the Chicago Police Department, 3510 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL (*fees may occur).
  • The rap sheet will provide information required to complete your expunge/sealing packet.
  • Once the expungement/sealing packet is completed, you may submit it in one of the following locations and receive a hearing date.
  • There is a statutory fee
  • Once the case is heard and the judge renders the verdict, if the ruling is favorable, the expungement orders are mailed to the appropriate agencies as required by the statue to remove the client’s case from the system.


5)      Where do I appear in Court?
You may obtain this information by contacting or visiting any Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Please provide the name, date of birth and/or case number.

6)      Where do I file (documents)?
You may file your documents in the Clerk’s Office in person or via US Mail. Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court, 2650 S. California, 5th Floor - Front Counter. Please note: Ceiling signs denote the services performed at each counter.

7)      How much does it cost for?
Frequently requested fees for certified copies, names searches, photocopies, expungement filing fees are set by statute and copies of the relevant section are available to customers on request. Please refer to our “Fee Schedule Tab” to review the Court Fees and Costs 705 ILCS 105/27.2(a). Effective 01/01/2017 (12/30/16) CCG 0603 A

8)      Where do I post bond for my relative or friend?
  • The statutes allow defendants charged with certain types of offenses to post bond in a local police station without a court appearance.
  • Other defendants must appear before a judge for a bond hearing.
  • For defendants incarcerated in the Cook County Jail, bond may be posted in the Bond Room located in Division.


9)      What is the law related to Extradition?
If a defendant is arrested in Illinois for an offense committed in another state, the State’s Attorney has 90 days to obtain a Governors Warrant that orders the return of the defendant to the demanding state. The defendant also has the right to waive extradition and return to the demanding state. Extradition matters are heard in Branch 98, Room 101 (part of the Criminal Department) at 2600 South California.

10)      How do I use the computer?
The general inquiry screen for criminal cases is ALLC. The most common usage requests are for name searches and case number request. Instructions are on the bottom of the screen.

Title: Court Forms
Content: Each of the Divisions provides access to official court forms.

There are several ways to obtain the forms; via the office — public service counters, courtrooms and 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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