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Records and Archives
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The Archives Department of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County was established in 1992, to collect, preserve, and make available to researchers the non-current records created by the Cook County Court systems. Holdings date back from the 1871 Chicago Fire. This is a great stepping off place for genealogical research.

Some records are stored offsite and transferred to Archives for viewing (allow 2-10 working days). Indexes are located in the Archives unless otherwise stated. Archives patrons should be aware that the Clerk's office began computerized indexing and docketing of court cases in the early 1980s, which may affect their research.

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Generally, a person seeking this information must come to the courthouse. If you cannot make your request in person, please print and complete Search or Record Request Form for the appropriate division (see more info). To facilitate the search, please include as much information as possible when completing the form.

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All request for electronic data must be submitted in writing to and approved by the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. To initiate this request and approval process, please send a detailed request, in writing, to the following:

Honorable Timothy C. Evans
Chief Judge
Circuit Court of Cook County
2600 Richard J. Daley Center
Chicago, IL 60602

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Files are available for check out and copying according to the terms of the Clerk's File Inspection and Review Policy and Procedure Effective April, 1, 2002 , the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County will require a File Request Form and a valid photograph identification card (Attorney Identification Card, Driver's License, State Identification Card, etc.) in order to inspect or obtain copies of public records.  File Request Forms and Rules regarding File Use are also available at all file request counters located in the various divisions of the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court

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The Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County supports open government and an informed citizenry.


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