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.
Circuit Court of Cook County
Information about court organization, court locations, judge information, court holidays and the trial process can be found at the Circuit Court website.
Clerk of Circuit Court Self Represented (Pro Se) Resources
The Self Help Center offers access to information and public resources with a special focus on people representing themselves (Self Represented or Pro Se litigants).
Glossary of Legal Terms
Illinois Code of Civil Procedure
CIVIL PROCEDURE (735 ILCS 5/) Code of Civil Procedure.
Illinois Code of Criminal Procedure – 725 ILCS 5/
725 ILCS 5/Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963
Illinois State Police
Information regarding Criminal History Searches can be obtained by contacting the Illinois State Police.
Illinois Supreme Court Rules
Illinois Supreme Court's list of Illinois Supreme Court Rules
Municipality Fees (705 ILCS 105/27.1b)
Q: What are the fees for some common requests?
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.
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To motion a case back into court, it is called the motion process.
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.
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.
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.
There are three ways in which to request a Criminal History search
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.
Orders of Protection
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.
This order protects victims of nonconsensual sexual conduct perpetrated by the respondent.
All Misdemeanor Cases heard at this courthouse in Branch 29 will move to Branch 29 at the courthouse at 5555 W. Grand Ave., Chicago.
All Felony Cases heard at this courthouse in Branch 42 will move to the 2nd Municipal District courthouse at 5600 Old Orchard Rd., Skokie, IL.
Those whose court locations may change will receive notice by mail from the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Defendants may also contact the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s Criminal Department at 312-603-4641.
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All Felony Cases heard in Branch 50, currently located at 5555 W Grand, will move to the 2nd Municipal District courthouse at 5600 Old Orchard Rd., Skokie, IL.
The fees of the court have changed pursuant to the Criminal and Traffic Assessment Act, Public Acts 100-987, 100-1161, and 100-994, and Cook County Ordinance 19-2843.
The Criminal and Traffic Assessment Act is comprehensive legislation that consolidates the fees and assessments of the court throughout the State of Illinois into 13 schedules for criminal and traffic cases and 4 schedules for civil cases. The Act is effective July 1, 2019.