Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for Criminal Department


Frequently requested fees for certified copies, names searches, photo copies, expungement filing fees are set by statute CCG-0603, Effective 12/01/2002 (705 ILCS 105/27.2(a)) Municipality Fees (705 ILCS 105/27.2) and copies of the relevant section are available to customers on request.
You may find out your next court date by providing our office with your name(s), alias(s), date of birth, year of arrest(s), and charge(s). The Clerk's Office will be able to locate the customer's case(s) with this information.
You may reschedule your court date by filing a motion. If the case is still pending, you may file a motion in the Criminal Branch Court locations on the same day with the Court Clerks. Otherwise, you may file in the Clerk's Office located in the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Room 1006 for both inactive and pending cases.
If you did not surrender your bond slip in the courtroom, you may bring the bond slip or the bond number(s), to the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Room 1006. A receipt of the transaction will be provided to you for your records.
Normally, the processing period is 21 business days (excluding weekends and holidays) from the date when the bond is presented to the Clerk's Office. Refund checks are mailed to the address indicated on the bail bond form.
A valid piece of identification and a piece of mail indicating the address where you wish to have the bond check sent is required. Our office will complete a Change of Address Affidavit at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Room 1003 based upon the information provided.
If you provide your name or case number the Clerk's Office can conduct a search of our system.
Yes.  The Clerk's Office needs your name(s), alias name(s), date of birth, date of arrest, and charges to search for the appropriate case(s). The Clerk's Office provides dispositions for Chicago cases only. If your case occurred in one of the suburban districts in Cook County, you must contact or visit that particular suburban district (Districts 2 through 6) to obtain case dispositions.
Each certified disposition costs $9.00.
The Clerk of the Circuit Court is the keeper of court records.The Clerk's Office maintains a name index that may be searched for public records.You may utilize our digital access terminals in order to perform a search of the name index. The Office of the Circuit Court does not provide background check services.
Our office can assist you with case files for immediate viewing, if you would like to view a case from 2010 to the present, unless the case file is still pending in court. If you would like to view files from the years 1987 through 2007, you may list the cases in our office on a Warehouse Request Form. Those files will be available for viewing within 3 to 5 business days.
Yes, you may obtain copies of court documents that are within the case files. The cost of copies depends on the number of pages. The first page is $2.00; the next 19 pages are $.50 per page; and any pages after the 19th page are $.25 per page.
You may check by contacting your local police department. The Clerk's Office maintains the records for individuals who have been arrested and where charges have been filed. There are circumstances in which the police may conduct an arrest but not actually file charges. In those cases, the Clerk's Office would not have a record of the arrest event.
Expungements may be filed if the final disposition on a case is classified as a non-conviction. Information packets complete with forms and instructions are available at the Clerk's Office located at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington, Room 1006, Chicago, Illinois 60602 or at 2650 South California Avenue, Room 526A, Chicago, Illinois 60608 or for more information on your eligibility and the expungement process, including the necessary forms, please Click Here.
The fee (Fee Schedule) is to be paid upon filing for an expungement.This is payable by cash, check or money order to the  CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT.
A person with a conviction may not qualify for an expungement, but may qualify for a Petition to Seal. The information packets are available in the Clerk's Office located at the Richard J. Daley Center, Room 1006, Chicago, Illinois or at 2650 South California, Room 526A, Chicago, Illinois or on the Clerk's Office website www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org.
A person's criminal history may be expunged between 90 to 180 days, which may vary. Each petition is on a case-by-case basis. The Petition to Seal process requires a period of not less than 90 days.
Yes. An individual has 30 days from the date of the judge's final order to file an appeal. If a guilty plea was entered, you have 30 days to file a motion to vacate your guilty plea. If the presiding judge denies your motion, then you have 30 days to file an appeal of the denied motion, including the previously imposed sentencing order.
Yes, you are still obligated to complete the sentence that the judge entered, even throughout the appeal process. Completion of a sentence is dependant upon the appeal bond that is set. If an appeal bond is not posted then the sentence imposed must be enforced.
CRIME VICTIM’S RIGHTS
 
   (a) Crime victims, as defined by law, shall have the following rights as provided by law:

      (1) The right to be treated with fairness and respect for their dignity and privacy throughout the criminal justice process.

      (2) The right to notification of court proceedings.

      (3) The right to communicate with the prosecution.

      (4) The right to make a statement to the court at sentencing.

      (5) The right to information about the conviction, sentence, imprisonment, and release of the accused.

      (6) The right to timely disposition of the case following the arrest of the accused.

      (7) The right to be reasonably protected from the accused throughout the criminal justice process.

      (8) The right to be present at the trial and all other court proceedings on the same basis as the accused, unless the victim is to testify and the court determines that the victim's testimony would be materially affected if the victim hears other testimony at the trial.

      (9) The right to have present at all court proceedings, subject to the rules of evidence, an advocate or other support person of the victim's choice.

      (10) The right to restitution.

   (b) The General Assembly may provide by law for the enforcement of this Section.

   (c) The General Assembly may provide for an assessment against convicted defendants to pay for crime victims' rights.

   (d) Nothing in this Section or in any law enacted under this Section shall be construed as creating a basis for vacating a conviction or a ground for appellate relief in any criminal case.
 
Illinois Constitution, Article I, Section 8.1.
 
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