Criminal Department

The Criminal Department is responsible for the administration and maintenance of records of felony preliminary hearings, misdemeanor criminal and quasi-criminal cases that occur in the City of Chicago--First Municipal District. The Criminal Department operates 365 days a year, and oversees Branch Courts and Central Bond Courts.  

The Criminal Department Branch Courts handle Misdemeanor Criminal cases, Preliminary Hearing Felony cases, Domestic Violence cases,  and Cook County and non-Cook County warrants. Central Bond Courts handles Felony and Misdemeanor Bond hearings.
 


Records Maintained

Case Types: Criminal Misdemeanor, Felony preliminary hearing
Dates: Last ten years
Courts: First Municipal

Cook and Other County Warrants
This consists of any criminal case which originates in another county, yet the warrant has been issued and the defendant has been placed in custody in Cook County.
Criminal Actions involving Relationships
The Domestic Violence Division hears cases and makes determinations on criminal actions involving relationships defined by the Illinois Domestic Violence Act including: Class 1, 2, or 3 felonies;Class 4 felonies; misdemeanors and aggravated stalking.
Domestic Violence
Any criminal case of a domestic nature in which a dispute is resolved. Domestic Violence cases involve domestic disputes and cases in which an Order of Protection is requested and/or obtained. All Domestic Violence cases must be accompanied by a criminal complaint.
Felony-Preliminary Hearings
Any criminal case which is punishable by over one year in state prison, or over $1,500.00 in fines. Preliminary Hearings are heard to determine if in fact a case has enough evidence to be prosecuted in the Criminal Division.
Misdemeanor cases
Any criminal case, which is punishable by one year or less in jail, or up to $1,500.00 in fines.
Petition for Civil No Contact Order
A petition for a civil no contact order may be filed by an individual who has been the victim of non-consensual sexual conduct or non-consensual sexual penetration. Petitions for Civil No Contact Order can also be filed by a person on behalf of a minor child or an adult who has been the victim of non-consensual sexual conduct or non-consensual sexual penetration but, because of age, disability, health, or inaccessibility, cannot file the petition on their own.
Petition for Civil Orders of Protection
Civil Orders of Protection are generally petitioned by persons with an allegation of abuse by a family or household member. Petitions can be filed on behalf of a minor child or an adult who has been abused by a family or household member and who, because of age, health, disability, or inaccessibility, cannot file the petition. Petitions can also be filed on behalf of a high-risk adult with disabilities who has been the victim of abuse, neglect, or exploitation by a family or household member.
Petition for Stalking No Contact Order
A Petition for a Stalking No Contact Order may be filed when relief is not available to the petitioner under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986:(1) by individuals who are the victim of stalking; or (2) by a person on behalf of a minor child or an adult who is a victim of stalking who are not able to file on their own due to age, disability or accessibility..
Petition for Workplace Violence
This petition allows an employer to seek an order of protection to prohibit further violence or threats of violence if an employee of the employer has suffered unlawful violence or a credible threat of violence from a person and the unlawful violence has been carried out at the employee's place of work or the credible threat of violence can reasonably be construed to be carried out at the employee's place of work.

Q: How much does it cost for?
A: 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.


Q: How do I find out my next court date?
A: 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.


Q: If I am late or if I miss my court date, how do I reschedule my court date?
A: 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.


Q: How do I process my bond and how long does it take to get my bond refund check in the mail?
A: 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.


Q: How do I change the address for my bond refund?
A: 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.


View All Criminal Department Frequently Asked Questions

Article: Filing a Motion

To motion a case back into court, it is called the motion process.

Article: Filing of Criminal Misdemeanor Appeals

A person may file an appeal of a final order from a judge.   A person has 30 days from the date of the judge's final order in which to file an appeal.  If a guilty plea was entered, the defendant has 30 days in which to file a motion to vacate his guilty plea.   If the presiding judge denies the motion, the defendant has 30 days in which to file an appeal of the denied motion, including any previously imposed sentencing order.   This can be done at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Room 1006, Chicago, IL 60602.

Article: Reviewing a Court File

A person wishing to review a court file should go to Room 1006 in the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street to the Court File Request Counter.   If the case was filed within the past four years, the file is on-site and can be viewed on the date of request, unless the file is pending in court.  The person requesting the file must provide a valid photo I.D. card in order to view the file.

Article: Obtaining a Certified Copy of Disposition

In order to obtain a certified disposition of a case, the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County needs the defendant's name, date of birth, and date of arrest.  Our office provides dispositions for Chicago cases only.   If the case occurred in one of the Suburban Districts in Cook County, you might contact or visit that particular Suburban district to obtain case dispositions.

Article: Obtaining a Criminal History Search

There are three ways in which to request a Criminal History search

Article: Processing a Bond

If the bond slip was not surrendered in the courtroom, the bond slip or bond number may be brought the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Room 1006, Chicago, IL 60602.  A receipt of the transaction will be provided to you for your records.

Article: Orders of Protection

Orders of Protection

Article: Stalking Orders

Stalking is any course of conduct (two or more separate incidents) that causes a reasonable person to fear for their safety or suffer emotional distress.

Article: Civil No Contact Orders

This order protects victims of nonconsensual sexual conduct perpetrated by the respondent.


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