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Processes of appeals of all non-criminal Circuit Court decisions (excluding appeals of Board decisions, such as: Board of Review, Public Aid, Industrial Commission or Administrative Review
Civil Appeals Division

Building Name
Richard J. Daley Center
 
Address
50 West Washington Street
Room 801
Chicago , IL 60602
   
Chief Deputy Clerk
Patricia O'Brien
Assistant Chief Deputy Clerk
   
Hours
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, Excluding Court Holidays  
Telephone Numbers
(312) 603-5406

 
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Fax
(312) 603-5714  
 


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1)      Filing a notice of appeal is procedurally found under Illinois Supreme Court 303
2)      Request to prepare the record on appeals is Form CCA 005
3)      Request to prepare the reports of proceedings is done in compliance with Illinois Supreme Court Rule 323


1.       Filing a notice of appeal is procedurally found under Illinois Supreme Court 303

The Notice of Appeal may be filed in the Circuit Court within 30 days of the entry of the final and appealable order.  An original and three copies are brought to the Civil Appeals counter where they are file stamped.  The original goes to data entry for entry onto the electronic docket and the copies are returned to the customer.

Late Notice of Appeals (filed after the 30th day) must be filed in the Appellate Court and an order by the court allowing the late filing must be entered before any processing can take place in Civil Appeals.

2.       Request to prepare the record on appeals is Form CCA 005

In order for the record on appeal to be assembled. Form CCA 005 and a check made payable to the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the amount of $110.00 must be filed in the Civil Appeals Division.  This deposit covers the first 100 pages of the record.  Records over 100 pages will incur additional costs and the appellant will be notified of the balance when the record is completed.   

3.       Request to prepare the reports of proceedings is done in compliance with Illinois Supreme Court Rule 323

In accordance with SCR 323, the appellate record is assembled using original documents (pleadings and court orders) contained in the court file.  Pages are assembled in chronological order (oldest to most recent) and logical order within the same date (i.e. Notice filed, Notice of Motion, Proof of Mailing, Motion).  Missing orders are obtained from microfilm archives maintained in the Clerk's Office.  Parties may present copies of missing pleadings either with a signed stipulation from the other side or an order from the trial court.  When all documents are accounted for, the record is assembled, bound and certified. 

Report of Proceedings (court reporter transcripts) may be filed in Civil Appeals fourteen days after the court reporter has notified all parties that transcripts have been prepared.  A court reporter's letter (also known as a 323 (b)) letter must accompany the transcripts.

Appellants are contacted via phone, advised of any balance due and requested to pick up the record from Room 801.  

 
The Civil Appeals Division is primarily responsibility for:
· Processing civil appeals in accordance with Illinois Supreme Court Rules
· Preparing supplemental records when records on appeal need supplementary proceedings
· Accepting and processing mandates which are a directive from a reviewing court with higher authority than an order
· Receiving files returned from reviewing courts following appeals and distributing them to the appropriate storage file area

The Civil Appeals Division prepares appeal records for the Law, Chancery, Domestic Relations (including Child Support), Probate, County, Traffic and Civil (Municipal Districts 1 through 6) Divisions of the Circuit Court. Illinois Supreme Court Rules 301-383 and applicable Illinois Compiled Statues and Civil Procedures govern the work of the Division.

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.
1)      What is a Notice of Appeal?
2)      Where can I find a copy of the Illinois Supreme Court Rules?
3)      What is contained in Record on Appeal?
4)      Where do I file a Notice of Appeal?
5)      How much does it cost to file a Notice of Appeal?
6)      How do I request that a record on appeal be prepared?
7)      How can I get the Circuit Court fees waived?
8)      How do I file my reports of proceedings with the Clerk's Office?
9)      Who is responsible for filing the record on appeal?
10)      If I file a Notice of Appeal will that stop my eviction?
 
1)      What is a Notice of Appeal?
A Notice of Appeal is a document filed with the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court. It serves as notice to all litigants in a civil case that one of the parties is asking for a review of the lower court's decision. If the appeal is successful, the matter may be remanded to the trial court for additional proceedings including a new trial. The required information for a Notice of Appeal is detailed in Illinois Supreme Court Rule 303. Forms are available at the Customer Service Counter located in Room 801 of the Daley Center.

2)      Where can I find a copy of the Illinois Supreme Court Rules?
These rules may be found in the Law Library on the 29th floor of the Daley Center, 50 West Washington. Each suburban district office has a Law Library as well.

3)      What is contained in Record on Appeal?
In accordance with SCR 321, the Record on Appeal contains the judgment order, the Notice of Appeal and the entire original common law record, Reports of Proceedings and trial exhibits (if applicable). The common law record includes every document filed and every order entered.

The Record on Appeal may be limited to less than the full common law record if the parties stipulate for, or the trial court, after notice and hearing, or the reviewing court, orders less.

If trial exhibits are to be included in the Record on Appeal, they should be submitted to the Civil Appeals Division with a stipulation of the parties or with a court order.

4)      Where do I file a Notice of Appeal?
Civil Notices of Appeal are filed with the Civil Appeals Division in Room 801 of the Daley Center, 50 West Washington, Chicago, IL. Notices of Appeal filed in the districts are forwarded to the Civil Appeals Division. The party who filed the Notice of Appeal is responsible for obtaining a file stamp on the face of the document.

5)      How much does it cost to file a Notice of Appeal?
A notice of appeal is a no fee filing.

6)      How do I request that a record on appeal be prepared?
When filing a Notice of Appeal, an applicant is given a “Request to Prepare a Record on Appeal” form. A deposit of $110.00, to be applied against the final fee due, is required. The request form is filed in Room 801 of the Daley Center. The form is also available on the Clerk of the Circuit Court's website.

7)      How can I get the Circuit Court fees waived?
The fees can be waived if a judge approves your application to sue as a poor person also known as a 298 Petition.  (Form CCG N689)

8)      How do I file my reports of proceedings with the Clerk's Office?
In accordance with Supreme Court Rule 323, Reports of Proceedings (ROPs) may be included in a Record on Appeal. There are two types of ROPs: court reporter transcripts and bystander reports.

ROPs (court report transcripts) may be filed with the Civil Appeals Division one of several ways:
  • With a valid 323b letter by the court reporter (fourteen days must pass from the date of the letter to the filing date). The 323b letter is filed with the transcript.
  • With a Circuit Court order certifying the transcript.
  • With a stipulation of the parties.
ROPs (bystander reports) may be filed with the Civil Appeals Division one of two ways:
  • With a Circuit Court order certifying the bystander report.
  • With a stipulation of the parties.
Please review Supreme Court Rule 323 for all the requirements associated with Reports of Proceedings.

9)      Who is responsible for filing the record on appeal?
The party who filed Notice of Appeal is responsible for filing the record on appeal either with the Clerk of the Supreme Court, Supreme Court Building, Springfield, IL or to the Clerk of the Appellate Court, 160 N. LaSalle Street, 14th floor, Chicago, IL.

10)      If I file a Notice of Appeal will that stop my eviction?
Once you have filed a Notice of Appeal, you must motion before the judge a Motion to Stay Execution of Judgment. If the judge allows a stay of judgment you must present that order to the sheriff. (Stay of Execution of Judgment SCR 305)

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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