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Reviewing Case Files


The Criminal Division Clerk’s Office is located in the Administration Building, 2650 South California Avenue, 5th Fl. - Room 526, Chicago, IL 60608.
Active Files
If a case is still pending, the file is considered Active and stored in the adjacent Criminal Court House. This will require an Office staff member to retrieve the file from the courthouse. If you are aware that the file status is Active, please allow enough time for the file to be retrieved from the courthouse.
Inactive Files
If a case is no longer pending, the file is considered Inactive.  Files considered Inactive are stored by age. Inactive files are stored in the Clerk's Administrative Office at 2650 South California, Ave. (5th floor) for a two-year period. Files more than two years are stored in the Clerk's Office Records Center. If you are aware that the file is more than two years old, you may call our Inactive File Room and order the file in advance by calling (773) 869-3152. To retrieve a file request from the Records Center requires a 24-hour waiting period.
Valid Identification Card
The requestor is required to submit a valid identification card before receiving or reviewing a file.