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Legal Notices

Electronic Filing (eFiling) Charges are Taxable as Court Costs

All charges relating to the electronic filing of cases and pleadings, imposed by the court, clerk of the court, county, or a person with whom the court, clerk, or county may contract, are taxable as court costs. 735 ILCS 5/5-127

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2017

No Waiting Period to File for Juvenile Expungement in Certain Circumstances

Pursuant to Public Act 99-0835 and the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 705 ILCS 405/5-915(1), a person may petition the court at any time for expungement of law enforcement records and juvenile court records relating to an incident and upon termination of all juvenile court proceedings relating to that incident, in only the following circumstances: the minor was arrested and no petition for delinquency was filed; the petition was dismissed without a finding of delinquency; the minor was found not delinquent of that offense; the minor was placed under supervision pursuant to section 5-615, and the order of supervision was successfully terminated; or the minor was adjudicated for an offense, which would be a Class B misdemeanor, Class C misdemeanor, or a petty or business offense if committed by an adult. In these circumstances, the court shall order expungement of all State Police, Clerk of the Circuit Court and law enforcement agency records relating to the incident.

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2017

No Fee to File Juvenile Expungement Petitions

Pursuant to Public Act 99-0881 and the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 705 ILCS 405/5-915(3), juvenile expungement petitions are considered no fee filings.

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2017

Unexpungeable Convictions on a Criminal Record No Longer Bar Expungement of Expungeable Offenses

Pursuant to Public Act 99-0881 and the Criminal Identification Act 20 ILCS 2630/5.2(b)(1), a person who has been convicted of an unexpungeable criminal offense may petition the court for expungement of expungeable offenses, also on the record, if the arrests or charges not initiated by arrest sought to be expunged resulted in release without charging; acquittal; dismissal; an order of supervision that was successfully completed; an order of qualified probation that was successfully completed; or a conviction that was vacated or reversed. (Minor traffic violations may only be expunged or sealed if a person was arrested and released without charging. See 20 ILCS 2630 (a)(3)(B).)

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2017

Fee Waiver Pilot Program for Expunging or Sealing Certain Case Dispositions

Pursuant to Public Act 99-0881 and the Criminal Identification Act 20 ILCS 2630/5.2(d)(1.5), no fee shall be required to file expungement and sealing petitions, from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017, if the arrests or charges not initiated by arrest sought to be expunged or sealed resulted in release without charging; acquittal; dismissal; or a conviction that was vacated or reversed. (Minor traffic violations may only be expunged or sealed if a person was arrested and released without charging. See 20 ILCS 2630 (a)(3)(B).) As of January 1, 2018, the Clerk of the Circuit Court is statutorily required to resume collection of the applicable Clerks of Courts Act fees. See 705 ILCS 105/27.2a et seq.

EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 19, 2016

In Support of the Illinois Supreme Court’s Statewide e-Filing Initiatives, the Illinois Legislature has enacted a $9.00 e-business Fee to be added to all new civil filings.

Pursuant to Public Act 99-0859 and Illinois Clerk of Courts Act 705 ILCS 105/27.3a, the Clerk of the Circuit Court shall be required to charge and collect a $9.00 e-business fee in support of the Illinois Supreme Court’s statewide e-Filing initiatives. The fee shall be charged at the time of filing the first pleading, paper or other appearance filed by each party in all civil cases.

No additional fee shall be required if more than one party is represented in a single pleading or other appearance.

The fee shall not be charged in any matter coming to the clerk on a change of venue, nor in any proceeding to review the decision of any administrative officer, agency, or body.

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2017

All no fee filing drop boxes will be discontinued for use.
Please file court documents at the Clerk’s Office public counters or through the Clerk’s Office e-File system.

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2016

E-MAIL ADDRESSES ARE REQUIRED FOR ATTORNEYS AND OPTIONAL FOR UNREPRESENTED PARTIES
Amended Illinois Supreme Court Rules 11, 101, 107, 131 and 291 — Effective January 1, 2016

Attorneys are required to include a primary e-mail address on notices of hearing for an order of replevin; general summonses; summonses requiring appearance on a specified day; summonses in certain other cases in which specific date for appearance is required; summonses requiring appearance within 30 days after service; summonses under the Administrative Review Law; appearances and all pleadings filed in the Circuit Court to which documents may be served in conformance with Illinois Supreme Court Rule 131(d). In addition to the required primary e-mail address, attorneys may designate no more than two secondary e-mail addresses on all documents filed or served in any cause by an attorney upon another party.

Unrepresented parties may designate a single e-mail address to which service may be directed under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 11(b)(6). If an unrepresented party does not designate an e-mail address, then service upon and by that party must be made by a method specified in Illinois Supreme Court Rule 11 other than e-mail transmission.

Please review and comply with Amended Illinois Supreme Court Rules 11, 101, 107, 131 and 291.

Effective September 1, 2015

Pursuant to Public Act 99-0281 and Illinois Clerks of Courts Act 705 ILCS 105/27.3g(a), all Clerks of the Circuit Court shall charge and collect a fee of $2.00, in addition to any other fees, at the time of filing the first pleading, paper or other appearance filed by each party in all civil cases.

No additional fee shall be required if more than one party is represented in a single pleading, paper or other appearance.

ATTENTION - Effective December 1, 2015

The Cook County Board of Commissioners has approved fee increases for document storage and court automation
The document storage fee and the court automation fee are increased from $15.00 to $25.00, each

Pursuant to the Illinois Clerk of Courts Act, with the approval of the Cook County Board, the Clerk of the Circuit Court shall charge and collect a document storage fee up to $25.00 and a court automation fee up to $25.00, in addition to any other fees, at the time of filing the first pleading, paper or other appearance filed by each party in all civil cases and by the defendant in any felony, traffic misdemeanor, municipal ordinance or conservation case upon a judgment of guilty or a grant of supervision.

The fee excludes minor traffic cases satisfied without a court appearance.

No additional fee shall be required if more than one party is represented in a single pleading or other appearance.

Cook County Code §18-33 and §18-34; 705 ILCS 105/27.3a and 27.3c.

SPECIAL ALERT

Electronic Filing training sessions will be held one date per month, January through December 2016 at 69 W. Washington in Chicago IL. Reserve your seat today by registering online today. Download the E-Filing Training Flyer. Attorneys who attend the E-Filing training classes will receive CLE credit hours.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: ADDITIONAL ACTION REQUIRED for eNotice OPT-IN!

STEP 1: Complete the Cook County Attorney Code Request Form to OPT-IN FOR ELECTRONIC NOTICE (eNotice).

STEP 2: CONFIRM YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS. When you opt-in for eNotice, you will receive an e-mail from enotice@cookcountycourt.com within 24 hours, during business hours. YOU MUST REPLY to this email by providing your Cook County Attorney Code Number and the zip code you submitted on your Cook County Attorney Code Request Form.

Please add enotice@cookcountycourt.com to your contacts so the confirmation e-mail is not sent to your spam folder. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within 24 hours, please call (312) 603-5851 to have another e-mail sent to you. If you have any additional questions, please call (312) 603-5851. Thank you.

SERVICE BY E-MAIL PERMITTED
Amended Illinois Supreme Court Rule 11 — Effective January 1, 2013

A party may consent to e-mail service by listing a designated e-mail address on documents or by use of e-mail service. Any party may rescind consent of e-mail service in a case by serving a notice on all parties or the attorneys of record. A party or attorney who has rescinded consent to e-mail service in a case may not serve another party or attorney by e-mail in that case. Please review and comply with amended Illinois Supreme Court Rule 11.
FORM OF PAPERS
Amended Illinois Supreme Court Rule 131 — Effective January 1, 2013

In civil proceedings, papers filed by parties who will accept service by e-mail shall include the statement “Service via e-mail will be accepted at [e-mail address].” Please review and comply with amended Illinois Supreme Court Rule 131.
PERSONAL IDENTITY INFORMATION REMOVAL/REDACTION REQUIRED
New Illinois Supreme Court Rule 138 — Effective July 1, 2013, Amended January 1, 2014

In civil proceedings, personal identity information shall not be included in documents or exhibits filed with the court. Personal identity information is: Social Security numbers; individual taxpayer-identification numbers; birth dates [effective 1/1/15]; names of individuals known to be minors [effective 1/1/15]; driver’s license numbers; financial account numbers; debit and credit card numbers; and any other information ordered by the court. Redacted filing of personal identity information for the public record shall only include: the last four digits of the Social Security or taxpayer-identification number; the year of the individual’s date of birth; the minor’s initials; the last four digits of the driver’s license number; the last four digits of the financial account number; and the last four digits of the debit and credit card number. When the filing of personal identity information in its entirety is required by law, court order, or is otherwise necessary to effect dispo sition of a matter, the filing and attachments shall be filed under seal in a document titled NOTICE OF PERSONAL IDENTITY INFORMATION WITHIN COURT FILING. This rule does not apply to cases filed confidentially and not for public inspection. Please review and comply with Illinois Supreme Court Rule 138.
FILING OF DISCOVERY
Amended Illinois Supreme Court Rule 201 — Effective January 1, 2013

In civil proceedings, no discovery may be filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court except by order of court. Please review and comply with amended Illinois Supreme Court Rule 201.

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