Civil Appeals Division

The Civil Appeals Division
The Civil Appeals Division prepares Records on Appeal for the following areas of law: Chancery, Civil, County, Domestic Relations, Elder Law, Law, and the Probate Divisions for Districts 1 through 6 of the Circuit Court of Cook County.

The Civil Appeals Division is located in Room 801 of the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602.

The telephone number is (312) 603-5406.


Records Maintained


Areas of Law Handled by the Civil Appeals Division
The Civil Appeals Division prepares Records on Appeal for the following areas: Chancery, Civil, County, Domestic Relations, Elder Law, Law and the Probate Divisions for Districts 1 through 6 of the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Illinois Supreme Court Rules 301-383 and applicable Illinois Compiled Statues and Civil Procedures govern the work of the Civil Appeals Division. 

Q: What is a Notice of Appeal?
A: A Notice of Appeal is a document filed with the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court that serves as notice to all litigants in a civil case that one of the parties is asking a higher court to review the lower court's decision.

The Illinois Appellate Court handles most appeals from the Circuit Court of Cook County. In particular instances, cases may be appealed directly to the Illinois Supreme Court.

The required information for a Notice of Appeal is detailed in Illinois Supreme Court Rule 303. A Notice of Appeal form is available at the Civil Appeals Division located in Room 801 of the Richard J. Daley Center or by clicking on the link located under “Related Forms” on the home page for the Civil Appeals Division.


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

The Rules are also available online at www.state.il.us/Court/SupremeCourt/Rules


Q: Where do I file a Notice of Appeal?
A: Notices of Appeal for civil areas of law are filed with the Civil Appeals Division in Room 801 of the Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Room 801, Chicago, Illinois 60602.

Notices of Appeal filed in other locations are forwarded to the Civil Appeals Division.

Notices of Appeal may also be efiled.

The party who filed the Notice of Appeal is responsible for obtaining a file stamp on the face of the document.


Q: How much does it cost to file a Notice of Appeal?
A: A Notice of Appeal is a no fee filing.


Q: If I file a Notice of Appeal, will that stop my eviction?
A: No. Filing a Notice of Appeal does not automatically stop the eviction process. To stop the eviction process, you must file a Motion to Stay. If the judge allows a stay pending the outcome of the appeal, you must present that order to the Cook County Sheriff's Office.


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Article: What are the rules for filing a Notice of Appeal in the civil areas of law?

The procedures for filing a Notice of Appeal are found in the Illinois Supreme Court Rules 301 et seq. 

Article: Do I have to request the Record on Appeal?

The Clerk's Office will not begin preparation of the Record on Appeal until the Request form and payment are received.

Article: How do I file my Reports of Proceedings?

All Reports of Proceedings are filed in accordance with Supreme Court Rule 323.

Article: How do I supplement the Record on Appeal?

Supplemental Records on Appeal are prepared in accordance with Illinois Supreme Court Rule 329 and Appellate Court Rule 19 (1st District).


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