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On-Line Forms Information and Help

As a convenience to the public and members of the bar, we have uploaded electronic versions of the most often requested Cook County Circuit Court forms to this page.  We will continue to add additional forms to this site.  The forms on this site can be downloaded and printed on a laser printer to generate forms that look virtually identical to those available in hard copy from the Clerk's Office.  These forms are available for viewing and laser printing in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF).

The files included on the Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court's website and internet pages are copyrighted.  As more fully explained on our copyright notice page, end-users have permission to use the files, forms and information for their own personal, non-commercial for any lawful purpose.  The files and forms are not intended to be used to engage in the unauthorized practice of law. The Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court assumes no responsibility and accepts no liability for actions taken by users of these documents, including reliance on their contents.

All files are subject to continual revision.  If you are not using these forms in the near future, or if you plan to use them repeatedly, we strongly recommend that you "check in" on a regular basis to ensure that you are using the most up-to-date version of the form.

General Instructions

1. If you don't have Adobe® Acrobat® ReaderTM, download and install it according to the directions provided at Adobe's web site .

2. Forms will be displayed in a table format.  In the result table, the form numbers are live hyperlinks to the form PDF.  Your browser should launch Adobe Acrobat automatically and download the form to your computer.  You will then be viewing the form using the Adobe Acrobat Reader.  You may use Acrobat Reader to view and print the document.

If you don't have Adobe® Acrobat® ReaderTM, download and install it according to the directions provided at Adobe's web site

3. When you are done viewing the document, exit Acrobat Reader to return to your web browser. 

4. You can launch Acrobat Reader at any time without your web browser to view or print the document.

5. When printing, if the page is cut off, choose "fit to page" from the printing dialog box

Some helpful information about the Clerk's Internet Forms Searches

You can search the on-line forms by division, form number or keyword from the form title.  The division search includes a drop-down box with the names of each division.  If you do not find a form in a specific division, please check under the General Forms category. 

Search results for all searches will be displayed in a table format.  In the result table, the form numbers are live hyperlinks to the form PDF.  If you don't have Adobe Acrobat Reader, download and install it according to the directions provided atAdobe's web site .

To search for forms by form number, you must follow the specific format which is three or four letters (i.e., "CCP" = Probate, "CCCH" = Chancery) followed by a space and four digits (i.e., "0051").  Thus, to download the Chancery Division "Attachment Order" form, you must type --CCH 0018. 

You can also search by keyword from the form title.  To improve the effectiveness of your forms keyword searches, you should be very specific in typing the keyword.  However, the searches are not case sensitive.  The Forms Keyword Search is also equipped with a wildcard functionality using an asterisk (*) as the wildcard character.  Type as many letters as of the keyword followed by the wildcard asterisk.  If you are having problems with a keyword search, please try various permutations of the word or word root or try to access the form through a different search search.

Forms FAQ's

General

1.     Where am I searching if I use the search box?

Searches are limited to the specific court division, form number or keyword searches.  Keyword Searches are the only search which will result in forms from multiple divisions.

2.     I can't find a particular form. Can I use a different form or a form from another state?

Court forms are specific to individual jurisdictions. Although searching in other jurisdictions may yield useful forms, this does not mean that these forms are authorized for use in the Circuit Court of Cook County.  For example, if we do not have a standard form available for contesting child custody, searching a different state's forms might yield a child custody form.  This form, however, may not be acceptable to Cook County.  Consult the Clerk of the Court division or an attorney for assistance in using forms that are not available on this website

3.     How can I search for a form?

You can search for forms by division, keyword or form number. Using the Division Search, you also can browse all available forms for the selected division.

4.     I cannot find the form by searching for its number.

Try searching for variations of the number.  For example, if you believe the form number To search for forms by form number, you must follow the specific format which is three or four letters (i.e., "CCP" = Probate, "CCCH" = Chancery) followed by a space and four digits (i.e., "0051").  Thus, to download the Chancery Division "Attachment Order" form, you must type --CCH 0018. 

5.     Do I need to capitalize my search terms?

No.

6.     Can I do an advanced search using Boolean connectors?

No.  You cannot use "or" or "and" connectors or quotation marks. Just type in your search term, phrase or form number and click "go."

7.     How do I know what form to use?

If you are not familiar with a court's forms, consult an attorney or the clerk of the court for assistance.

Viewing and Printing Forms

1.     Where can I get a copy of Adobe® Acrobat® ReaderTM

If you don't have Adobe® Acrobat® ReaderTM, download and install it according to the directions provided at Adobe's web site.

2.     Can I fill in the court forms online and then print them out?

Yes

3.     Will the court accept a form printed from my inkjet printer?

Yes, if the print quality is deemed reasonably and sufficiently readable within the guidelines set by the Illinois Supreme Court Rules and the local Rules and Orders of the Circuit Court of Cook County. 

4.     How do I format the form to file it with the court?

Consult within the guidelines set by the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Rules and Orders of the Circuit Court of Cook County.for particular requirements governing paper type, paper color or single or double-sided printing, etc.


Currentness Issues

1.     How do I know how up-to-date the documents are?

All forms posted on the site are the most current and complete forms for use in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

2.     How do I know if the document has been revised?

Every form includes a Revision Date.

3.     I cannot find the specific form I need, and I know there is a standard court form.  Why can't I find it here?

The Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court often updates its Court Form Section weekly with new documents.  Please check back regularly to see if new forms have been converted to electronic format or if forms have been revised.
 

 


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